Summer isn’t over yet. That is also not possible because Volkswagen is celebrating the summer with a very special car. Meet the T-Roc Cabriolet, a special mix of an SUV and a convertible.
Volkswagen is known for its solid, somewhat conservative cars, but every now and then it affords a frivolity to prove that they also enjoy designing a special model. Like now with the T-Roc Cabriolet.
More than 200,000 units of the regular Volkswagen T-Roc have already been sold, so Volkswagen dares to remove the roof from this compact SUV. Not that they are going to make a lot of money with it, because how big is the market for these types of cars. That is why all praise for Volkswagen for coming up with this crossover convertible.
We didn’t see that combination often: an SUV as a convertible. And certainly not in the compact segment, where the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is the first and only of its kind. Basically, the T-Roc Cabriolet is a slightly modified T-Roc. The doors have been extended and reinforced and of course the roof can be removed.
The beautifully designed fabric hood is electrically operated and opens in nine seconds. In the event of a sudden downpour, this can also be done while driving, up to a speed of 30 km/h. When the car is parked, you can open and close the roof with the remote control. The new convertible is available as a Style or as an R-Line.
With both versions it is possible to personalize the interior and exterior of the car entirely to your own taste. The R-Line is based on the Style and has sporty R-Line looks and an R-Line interior. The chassis of the R-Line is sportier tuned and has progressive steering. Taste differs of course, but we think the T-Roc Cabriolet is a very cool car. We can only think of one downside and that is the limited luggage space of 284 liters.
Inside, the T-Roc Cabriolet is almost identical to the regular T-Roc. This means that the infotainment system is up-to-date and with the Digital Cockpit you have razor-sharp graphics and the fully digital instrument panel can be arranged according to your own wishes. There is one very big difference with the regular T-Roc and that is the 400 watt strong 12-channel BeatsAudio sound system by Dr.Dre specially developed for the T-Roc Cabriolet.
It has a multifunctional steering wheel and many smart features such as automatic distance control (Adaptive Cruise Control) and lane assist (Lane Assist). You can also opt for heated front seats, Keyless Entry, wireless charging and parking assistant (Park Assist). The R-Line version has special sports seats with integrated headrests.
Under the hood
Volkswagen will supply the convertible version with two different TSI engines, both of which run on petrol. The 1.0 TSI with 115 hp is coupled to a manual six-speed gearbox, for automatic drivers there is a 1.5 TSI with 150 hp.
With these engines you will not pull stones out of the street, but that is not the intention with this convertible. If you also want more spectacle in that area, then we have good news for you; there will also be an ‘R’ edition of the T-Roc Convertible in due course. This has a 2.0 liter petrol engine on board that sends 300 hp to the front wheels. The T-Roc Cabrio R goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
The T-Roc Convertible will be presented at the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt next month. Deliveries will start in spring 2020, prices have not yet been announced. For more information, come into the wonderful world of Volkswagen.