The T-Roc convertible will join a European light-truck lineup that also includes the hardtop T-Roc small crossover, the compact Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace and large Touareg.
"With the new cabriolet based on the T-Roc, Volkswagen will further reinforce its presence in the compact SUV segment, one of the fastest-growing segments in global automobile markets", it said. The production will begin in the Osnabrück plant, where the groundbreaking design and innovative technology will be integrated to make the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet.
The Volkswagen T-Roc: it's the German brand's take on the small SUV. With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range. I am especially pleased to note that we can count on the Osnabruck team's decades of experience with convertibles. "The Osnabruck plant now has bright prospects for the future".
The new T-Roc convertible will be built at the brand's Osnabruck plant, which was responsible for the Golf Cabriolet as well as other sports and specialist vehicles from across the VW group.
However, the topless T-Roc should otherwise be mechanically identical to the hard top version that went on sale in Europe late past year, and which has already sold around 40 000 units. Following the run-up phase, a production volume of up to 20,000 vehicles per year is planned.
Currently, Volkswagen Osnabrück assembles the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Porsche Cayman.
Volkswagen wants to expand its CUV line up to more than 20 models globally by 2020.
The T-Roc will be offered with three turbo-petrol (TSI) and three turbo-diesel (TDI) engines with a choice of front-wheel drive and a manual or 4motion all-wheel drive with 7-speed DSG.