Volkswagen planning production T-Roc Cabriolet in 2020

February 26, 2018

An SUV convertible variant of the Volkswagen T-Roc small SUV will be added to the range in 2020, with a pre-production rendering released as a teaser before its showroom debut.

Based on a concept shown in 2014, the T-Roc differs by featuring a full folding roof mechanism rather than the T-ROC concept‘s targa arrangement. The Volkswagen T-Roc’s Australian launch has been indefinitely pushed back, while the factory caters to unforeseen demand from other markets. Like the MQB-underpinned T-Roc small SUV on which it’s based, the T-Roc Cabriolet is expected to be powered by a combination of turbo petrol three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines, with a diesel option in some markets.

The T-Roc Cabriolet will be manufactured at Volkswagen’s Osnabruck plant, which currently makes the Tiguan and Porsche Cayman. Historically, the Golf Cabriolet has also been assembled here. CEO Herbet Diess said:

“Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand. The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment. With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range”

The concept of a converitble SUV isn’t new, but very few these days are game to try it. Notable exceptions include the Nissan Murano Cross-Cabriolet and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

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VW has very ambitious production targets, however, with an €80 million investment to cater for expected sales of 20,000 units annually. Volkswagen plans to field 20 crossover or SUV models worldwide by 2020, accounting for 40 per cent of sales.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.