Volkswagen’s T-Roc loses its roof

The small SUV loses its roof in favour of a classic soft-top convertible.

T-Roc.jpg

The T-Roc is Volkswagen’s entry into the compact SUV market. Following the announcement of the performance-orientated T-Roc R, in Spring 2020 the German manufacturer hopes to increase the car’s success further by offering it as a convertible, too.

On the exterior, the T-Roc keeps the same contemporary looks as before but lacks the rear passenger doors. The roof is replaced with a soft-top that opens in nine seconds up to speeds of 18mph, and locks/unlocks electromechanically.

In the unlikely event that the car rolls over, the car will detect the vehicle’s tilt and will deploy a roll-over protection system from the rear seats to protect the passengers. The T-Roc Cabriolet is also built with a reinforced windscreen frame for added safety.

T-Roc-Rear.jpg

Volkswagen are also debuting their optional Modular Information Matrix (MIB3) on the T-Roc Cabriolet which, using an eSIM, can make the system permanently online. This will offer a range of new services and functions to the user. Adding the 11.7” Active Info Display will develop the cabin into what Volkswagen are calling a ‘Digital Cockpit’.

Two trim levels will be available from launch – ‘Style’ and ‘R-Line’. The former is based on stylish design, whereas the latter incorporates sporty language. The T-Roc Cabriolet can be had with either a 115PS or 150PS engine, both coming standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. For the optional seven-speed DSG gearbox, buyers will need to choose the 150PS unit.

The T-Roc Cabriolet is set to go on sale from Spring 2020.