Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet Is A Crossover For Droptop Lovers

We knew it was coming with Volkswagen just lifting the veil on the all-new T-Roc Cabriolet.

Droptop crossovers have always been rather odd and the T-Roc Cabriolet is no different. It will be the only convertible Volkswagen on sale for the foreseeable future and will celebrate its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Rather than simply removing the roof of the standard T-Roc, Volkswagen has drastically altered the vehicle’s structure and body. In fact, its wheelbase is 37 mm longer than the standard T-Roc while its overall length is up by 34 mm. In addition, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet features structural strengthening in the underbody, side panels, cross members, doors, and windscreen frame to make up for the lack of a roof.

The folding fabric roof developed by Volkswagen retracts in just nine seconds at speeds of up to 19 mph (30.5 km/h) and is similar in operation to the roof of the outgoing Golf Cabriolet. The presence of the soft top reduces trunk space by 161 liters down from the 284 liters of the run-of-the-mill T-Roc. We don’t think buyers will be too fussed about this, however, because no one buys a convertible if practicality and luggage space is important to them.

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The German car manufacturer will sell the new T-Roc Cabriolet with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 113 hp and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol with 148 hp from launch. The latter of these engines is mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic while the 1.0-liter model has a six-speed manual.

Two design packages will be made available. The first, dubbed the Style package, features 17-inch wheels, standard ambient lighting, and an available leather interior package. Also available is the R-Line trim that adds fog lights, leatherette sport seats, 17-inch wheels, and some tweaked body panels.

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  • TheBelltower

    The cabriolet returns?

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I see it more as a skip on wheels.

  • Mr. EP9

    Hairdressers rejoice. Enjoy it for the possible 4-6 years you’ll have it before VW decides to pull the plug due to low sales.

  • Ben

    Stop it.

  • Well, it’s not half-bad but doesn’t VW realize that cabriolet crossovers don’t sell?

  • Jesse Sahely
  • Greg Richards

    I want one badly especially in blue. I’m just waiting for the prices.

    • Ben

      So, you are to blame for this, huh?

  • eb110americana

    This actually reminds me more of a VW Beetle Cabrio, but as a lifted Dune or Alltrack version if you prefer–especially with the top up.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    i thought this genre is not aging well

  • This is well executed! I hope they sell it in Murica.

  • OdysseyTag

    Probably the best execution for a crossover convertible I’ve seen in a while.

  • StrangerGP

    Is there really a market for these kinds of cars? Nissan and Range Rover gave up on their SUV convertibles.

    • Matt

      At a lower price point than the Evoque and less awkward looking than the Murano it may be a hit…

    • botornot387

      Yeah, i worked at a Land Rover store. People wanted the Evoque convertible until they realized they all priced out $70k+. And no one wanted to chance ordering a car they couldn’t see. Our store was large and we sold 4 a year on a sight unseen order.

  • Oscar Cereijo

    VW should have gone for the Caddy Cabrio… it would definitely be a much better joke! 👍

  • DM

    I guess this was the only way to make a new Golf Cabriolet. Not too bad looking though.

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