Volkswagen Group has given a green signal to the all-new Cabriolet based on the T-Roc crossover. The German giant will invest 80 million Euros (approx Rs 636 crores) on their Osnabruck plant for this ambitious project. The first SUV Cabriolet from the Volkswagen Group will hit the production line in 2020.
The T-Roc is an all-new crossover SUV from Volkswagen which sits below the Tiguan in the carmaker’s growing SUV portfolio. Revealed last year, the T-Roc is based on the same MQB platform and is only available in select markets across the globe. Volkswagen intends to expand its SUV range to no less than 20 models by the turn of the decade. The carmaker predicts 40 per cent of vehicles sold by then to be SUVs. The T-Roc cabriolet will be one of that model offensive line-up.
This isn’t the first time an SUV cabriolet body style has been experimented with. Nissan did it back in 2010 with the Murano CrossCabriolet. But that lasted just four years in production and was discontinued in 2014 due to poor response. However, Range Rover introduced the convertible of the Evoque and it has managed to grab everyone’s attention. Now what remains to be seen is how the new T-Roc convertible fares when it arrives. The SUV market won’t be the same by that time and probably welcome the crossover-convertible with open arms, who knows!