Volkswagen took everyone by surprise earlier this year when they announced a convertible version of the T-Roc SUV.
The open top model is due in 2020, with a few revisions over its fixed roof sibling, which will make it a bit heavier.
VW was criticized for this decision, as convertible crossovers haven’t been a hit with buyers. Heck, even execs within the car firm admit that the T-Roc Cabriolet doesn’t make much sense.
One of them is the brand’s sales chief, Jurgen Stackmann, who spoke briefly to Autocar on the topic.
“It’s a car we all wanted to make. There isn’t a huge market for it – that sort of car is only popular in a small number of countries – but we felt passionately we should do it”, said Stackmann.
Volkswagen will start manufacturing the T-Roc Cabriolet in the second half of 2020. The vehicle will be put together at its Osnabruck plant in Germany, where the firm used to produce the Golf Cabriolet. The facility is currently in charge with assembling the Volkswagen Tiguan and Porsche Cayman, and to prepare for the new convertible crossover, it will receive an €80 million (~$93 million) investment.
By the time the T-Roc Cabriolet hits production, the current fixed-roof model will be 3 years old. Thus, we wouldn’t be surprised if Volkswagen decides to give it a mid-life cycle makeover.