This is not a flight of fancy by some designer with too much spare time and lots of imagination: Volkswagen is actually making a convertible based on the new T-Roc SUV as part of its major product offensive.
Announced officially last week, it’ll hit the market in 2020 and will be produced at the Osnabruck plant in Germany, which is getting ready to receive an 80 million (~$98 million) cash injection.
So, how will it look like? That’s a tough one to answer, given that the car firm’s statement was accompanied by an official sketch that wasn’t very revealing. However, it could be similar to these renderings shared by Kleber Silva, who chose to keep it simple by taking the current T-Roc and just chop off its roof. He also envisioned the T-Roc as a three-door coupe as well, which looks quite interesting.
Since Volkswagen said that the convertible, which is still some two years away, will be based on the T-Roc, it will probably sport not just a a folding soft top but also a few styling tweaks compared to the fixed roof version.
Some of the engines of the convertible will be carried over from the five-door, but since VW’s future vehicles will be more eco-friendly, it could also benefit from some sort of electrification. On the other end of the spectrum, company execs have admitted that a hot ‘R’ version with more than 300 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four and AWD is very likely for the five-door T-Roc.