In February 2018, Volkswagen announced that a cabriolet version of the T-Roc is in the pipeline. We even rendered the T-Roc Cabriolet last year, and now we have the real deal. The German carmaker has finally taken the wraps off the drop-top T-Roc ahead of its debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Let us have a detailed look at the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet through pictures.
The T-Roc Cabriolet makes use of soft-top which, according to Volkswagen, follows the tradition of the Beetle and Golf. The fully automatic cloth roof can be opened in just nine seconds and can be operated at up to 30kmph.
The drop-top T-Roc also comes with roll-over protection which can be extended behind the rear seats. This system springs up within a fraction of a second in case the vehicle exceeds a defined lateral acceleration or tilt.
Apart from that, the T-Roc Cabriolet also gets a reinforced windscreen frame and other structural strengthening in areas like underbody, side panels, cross members and doors to ensure maximum safety, says Volkswagen.
Unlike the standard car, the Cabriolet gets two doors only, but can sit four occupants easily since the cabriolet gets 37mm added to the wheelbase and a 34mm increase in overall length to accommodate the folding roof mechanism.
The foldable roof is stowed in an exposed compartment above the boot rather than under, thereby making it one of the fastest-opening roofs currently on sale while also providing a usable 284litres of boot space.
In terms of equipment, the T-Roc Cabriolet gets a fully digital instrument cluster with integrated eSIM, eight-inch infotainment screen, speed-dependent steering control, and standard fog lamps.
When it goes on sale, the Cabrio-SUV will be available in two trims – Style and R Line. Standard on both the trims will be a low-speed emergency braking system with pedestrian detection and lane-keeping assist, as well as available 19-inch wheels.
Under the hood, there are two petrol engine options – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI with 113bhp and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI making 148bhp. The former only gets a six-speed manual while the latter can also be had with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
Volkswagen hasn’t divulged any details about fuel efficiency or even weight details of the T-Roc Cabriolet. And there are no plans of introducing a diesel with the drop-top model either.
Even after taking so long to reveal the T-Roc Cabriolet, Volkswagen won’t put the model on sale right away. After showcasing it at the Frankfurt stage, sales are slated to commence only next year. Pricing will be revealed closer to the market launch.