You’ve got to hand it to Volkswagen for dipping into a segment that had not seen growth a long time – convertibles. But they are putting the money where the mouth is and will be introducing an all-new model to replace the soon-to-be-retired Golf and Beetle soft-tops — the T-Roc Cabriolet.
But if there was ever any chance for a new convertible model to be successful, it would have to be based on a body-style that’s popular, hence the T-Roc crossover was chosen. While it’s a first for its segment, the concept isn’t unlike the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet which is sold in North America.
The engineering involved in a convertible is never as simple as just discarding the metal roof and replacing it with a folding canvas top. For the T-Roc Cabriolet, VW lengthened the wheelbase, deleted the rear doors and added a host of structural reinforcements.
Despite having just the two side doors, the T-Roc cabriolet seats four comfortably and has a respectable amount of trunk space (284 litres) as its powered canvas roof tucks neatly on the rear deck behind the second row seats and doesn’t intrude on trunk space.
When it goes into production early next year, the T-Roc will probably have the fastest folding top of its class, needing only 9 seconds to go topless, and that can be done at speeds up to 30 km/h. Cool?