The time of waiting has finished and the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio is already official. I search you out my surprise when Volkswagen announced last year that its compact crossover, the Volkswagen T-Roc, would be a convertible version. I also have to search you out my distrust as to the result that could be expected from this car, in a niche just exploited and whose point of reference closest was the convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque.
1. Why a Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio
Despite the fact that the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio is a crossover, my personal impression, after having seen them live, is that the philosophy that seeks to Volkswagen with this product is to provide a convertible for four passengers, and relatively practical, to occupy the place that one day was the Volkswagen Eos.
Detail of the four seats of the Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible.
In the world we live in, the automotive sector has transformed any vehicle capable of being in an SUV or a crossover. And the natural evolution that I could have a lucky four-seat coupe with a convertible roof is not another that end up becoming a crossover convertible. And this has been the case with this Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible.
The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is not a new adventure crossover, but the search of a respite natural to the four-seater convertibles of all the life, taking advantage of the body of fashion, the crossover
2. Some technical details of the T-Roc Cabrio
Volkswagen has worked fairly on the basis of the T-Roc to create this convertible. We have a crossover with two side doors and a small trunk lid to the rear, by the requirements of a retractable hood, made of canvas that folds up and deploys in only 9 seconds and on the move, at speeds up to 30 km/h.
Detail of the folding of the hood, which can be done in march, up to 30 km/h, and in 9 seconds.
Their external dimensions are not very different to those of the Volkswagen T-Roc, but to embrace its system of canopy and maximize the space on board – that although surprised, has also been one of the priorities of Volkswagen, provide an interior relatively spacious for a convertible – the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio has increased his struggle and, of course, has two side doors are longer, for easier access to the rear seats.
Detail of the mouth of load of the trunk.
Given that the convertible top is folded back on the rear overhang, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio should necessarily losing your tailgate. In its place we now have a trunk lid, which limits the loading of bulky objects. But given the characteristics of a convertible, the access to the trunk we found very spacious, and the cargo space is really broad, with its official capacity of 284 litres. Think that on the trunk there is still a gap to the top down and that this is physically separate from the cargo space.
The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio has a cockpit comfortable for four, accessible, and a trunk of relatively large to be a convertible
The rear seats can be folded and between the trunk and the passenger compartment can be opened in a window, to load objects of a certain length, such as a snowboard.
3. The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio bet for gas
At other times, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio had a diesel engine and the excuses of Volkswagen not we had been served. In fact, the Volkswagen Eos featured diesel engines. But we already know that the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio dispensed with diesel engines, only be sold with petrol engines, starting with two engines very specific, which we do not rule out to hold more engines later. Also there will be more options than the front-wheel drive, there will be T-Roc Cabrio awd.
– 1.0 TSI engine of 115 HP of power with manual change of six speeds
– 1.5 TSI of 150 HP of power with a change to a six-speed manual and optional seven-speed DSG
Volkswagen recognized that not only do not diesel because it is not the most appropriate option for a convertible, but also because they hoped that the demand for a T-Roc Cabrio diesel was so low as to justify leaving it out of the catalog. As we said, these are the only two engines of the T-Roc Cabrio, of time. But Volkswagen does not rule out that later on he could join other gasoline engines.
There will be No diesel or all-wheel drive and the engine range of the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio will consist initially of two gasoline engines with 115 and 150 HP
4. When and how will the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio?
The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio is manufactured in the Volkswagen factory in Osnabrück, historically dedicated to the production of the convertibles of the mark, and unlike the T-Roc, which is produced in Palmela, Portugal. The launch of the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio will occur in the spring of 2020, a few months after that get another version really interesting part of the T-Roc, the more sporty, the Volkswagen T-Roc R 300 HP of power.
We do not yet know prices of the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio, but would expect at least an additional 5,000 euros on the T-Roc you already know. What we do know is that the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio will come with a reduced range, not only of engines, but also of lines of equipment, which shall be limited to a Style of access, and an R-Line with a design that is more sporty, with wheels of 17″, and 18″ and 19″ as an option.
Soon we we will continue to discuss, at length, of this new convertible, this new Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible.
More photos of Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio:
The Volkswagen T-Roc the T-Roc Cabrio
The Volkswagen T-Roc is introduced in 2017 as a compact crossover, below the Volkswagen Tiguan, with some ties with the Volkswagen Polo, and a design more youthful, but a spacious trunk. What we liked, after trying it, is that a car is agile, with a driving characteristic of a compact such as the Volkswagen Golf. The least we liked was the quality feel of some materials and the use of hard plastics in coatings of the interior, such as the dashboard.
The range grows in 2019, with the arrival at the end of the year of the Volkswagen T-Roc R, which will join the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet in the spring of 2020. The T-Roc Cabrio offers a solution to a convertible, if not unprecedented, rare, only comparable to that of the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio. See guide convertible at What car do I buy?