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Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet: The First Mass Market Convertible SUV

Volkswagen has decided to start a new trend with the unveiling of the T-Roc Cabriolet. The only mass market convertible SUV.

As we recently waved goodbye to the Volkswagen Beetle, it seems that VW wanted to indirectly replace both the Golf and Beetle cabriolets with the introduction of the first truly mainstream convertible crossover.

The Volkswagen T-roc cabriolet will be the brands only convertible.

Will the Volkswagen T-Roc cabriolet be a trend setter that other brands follow? Or will it drop - top -?

Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet: Prices and release date

Prices for the T-Roc Cabriolet will be announced next year but Volkswagen claims it will start from “well under” £30,000.

The T-Roc convertible is due to go on sale early next year with deliveries in spring.

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Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet: Styling and exterior

The new cabriolet’s body and structure are pretty much new. 37mm has been added to the wheelbase with a 34mm increase in length.

As a result of losing the rear doors and roof, the T-Roc cabriolet has undergone structural strengthening in the underbody, windscreen frame, cross members, doors and side panels. It’s very likely that the T-Roc cabriolet will achieve similar scores to the standard T-Roc in the Euro NCAP safety tests.

Overall, the look of the T-Roc cabriolet is quite nice. The loss of the rear doors gives it a more streamlined and prestige look, and with the roof down the drop top SUV looks more hunkered down on the road.

Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet: Interior and technology

One thing's for sure, you’re not going to have to worry about headroom. The T-Roc cabriolet is likely to adopt the same interior in the standard version with a few additions.

A next-generation infotainment system will feature as an optional extra that will have a permanent internet connection. One of the key features of this is the infotainment system will be able to show you the latest fuel prices.

Depending on specification, the T-Roc Cabriolet will get an 8” infotainment screen, there’s also the optional extra of Volkswagen’s 11.7” digital instrument cluster, allowing the driver to have satnav right in front of them and other driver information.

Two trim levels will be available in the UK, these are Design and R-Line.

Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet: Engines and performance

A 113bhp 1.0-litre engine will be available, for those customers wanting a bit more power to get the wind really flowing through their hair can opt for the 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine.

The smaller engine gets a six-speed manual gearbox and the seven-speed automatic is paired with the 1.5-litre.

Volkswagen is yet to release official performance and efficiency figures but they have confirmed that there are no plans for diesel engines to be offered.

What do you think of the T-Roc Convertible?

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Posted on 15th August 2019 at 9:49 AM

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