The VW T-Roc Cabriolet Has Happened

VW has lifted the lid on its T-Roc, creating a soft-top Cabriolet version which will be launched next year
The VW T-Roc Cabriolet Has Happened

The VW T-Roc is, in a roundabout way, the replacement for the Scirocco. The coupe-ish hatchback went off sale a couple of years ago to give the T-Roc and other models some space on the production line in Palmela, Portugal.

A shame to see it go, but hey - times are changing, and the poor old MkV Golf-based car was getting on a bit. But soon there’ll be a new version of the T-Roc (which will be made at Osnabrück, rather than Palmela), which has even greater chance of triggering petrolheads. We’re talking about the new T-Roc Cabriolet. Yep, it’s happening.

The VW T-Roc Convertible ditches the tin-top's hatchback for a saloon-style boot lid
The VW T-Roc Convertible ditches the tin-top's hatchback for a saloon…

Now revealed in near-production concept form, the T-Roc Cab is not much of a surprise - VW announced it was going to do one quite some time ago. It may share a name with the crossover, but most of the bodywork is different. It’s inevitably had to drop to a two-door configuration, and the wheelbase is longer.

The folding fabric roof can be raised or lowered on the move in nine seconds, so long as you’re not travelling any faster than 19mph. Should the worst happen, you’ll be well protected - there’s a roll-over protection system that pops out behind the rear headrests, while the window frame has been reinforced to stop it caving in when it has the weight of the car sat on it. Handy.

The VW T-Roc Cabriolet Has Happened

The engine line-up will be a simple one from launch, consisting only of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit pushing out 113bhp and a 1.5-litre inline-four developing 148bhp, both sporting turbochargers. The triple will be manual only, but anyone opting for the 1.5 will have the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. It seems unlikely that VW would fit the 2.0-litre ‘EA888’ TSI engine destined for the tin-top T-Roc R, but you never know.

In the cabin, you’ll find an eight-inch infotainment screen which can - if the right option is ticked - be paired with an 11.7-inch screen-based ‘Active Info Display’.

The VW T-Roc Cabriolet Has Happened

Exactly how it looks in there will also depend on which of the T-Roc Cabriolet’s two trims you pick - Style or R-Line. Go for R-Line, and you have sportier seats, along with cosmetic enhancements on the outside, a slightly stiffer chassis and faster steering.

The T-Roc Cabriolet will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, before a Spring 2020 launch.


Dante Verna

Volkswagen: “Hey consumers, we know what car you all miss!”
Consumers: “Corrado?”
Volkswagen: “Nissan Murano Crosscabrioet.”

08/14/2019 - 14:59 |
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Ben Ireland

Lovely stuff!

08/14/2019 - 15:17 |
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Wouldn’t be surprised if they made a Convertible T Roc R…they made a convertible Golf R before!

08/14/2019 - 15:58 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

atleast that one made sense

08/16/2019 - 06:20 |
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Christian Lepper

As pointless as it is, it’s really no worse than the convertible golf was

08/15/2019 - 03:56 |
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08/15/2019 - 05:04 |
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James Marshall

This and the Range Rover Evoque convertible are literally bathtubs on wheels (especially in white).

08/15/2019 - 12:12 |
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Excellent, when they’re worth nothing in 15 years people can take the 1.0 engine out and put it in their Up! and create an Up! GTI

08/16/2019 - 17:32 |
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BünnyRöcket Entertainment

Now it’ll be Dwayne, just topless

You get it? Dwayne. Cus T-Roc. Dwayne T-Roc Johnson.

08/16/2019 - 19:43 |
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Why are they doing this. I thought convertible suv/crossover never sold well.

08/16/2019 - 21:07 |
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Evan Davies


08/22/2019 - 13:08 |
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