When all the players in the automobile industry are gearing up to get into the SUV bandwagon, some of them can be seen pushing the envelope to the extreme. The case in point here is the upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc convertible that’s expected to hit the market by 2020.
Volkswagen has already confirmed a T-Roc Convertible is in development and given that we’ve already seen the production model of T-Roc, the convertible variant is not expected to hold very many surprises. Perhaps the biggest surprise that it can come up with is Volkswagen moving forward and investing into the project, provided that convertible crossovers aren’t exactly at the talk of the market and doesn’t hold a top position in people’s lists of cars to buy. Nevertheless, it’s coming and if the car looks close to this render, it won’t be considered by many to even look half-bad.
The Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible is going to be the German automaker’s first drop-top crossover. It’s expected that it won’t be making its way to North America, so the interested customers in that market will have to go with the Range Rover Evoque Convertible or Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, although the latter is already on its way out.
The digital rendering of the topless T-Roc by the German automaker that you’re eyeing is like a breath of fresh air for the customers belonging to the SUV-loving fraternity and this one is even more pronounced as we’ve all played audience to two-door convertible hatchbacks and sedans over the years. The question that arises here is that will it work? Answering from the looks of it, one must say why not? It’s drop-top brightly finished SUV and has a lot of appeal. And the other convertible SUVs that we should point out to you are the likes of Nissan’s Murano CrossCabriolet and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, that play as a proof of the auto industry waking up to such demands of the market.
Though it may be too early to speculate about anything, Volkswagen is investing so much money to get this vehicle into production and it kind-of grabs the attention of everyone. In order to make the production of T-Roc Convertible happen, more than €80 million (almost $98M) is being invested at the Osnabrück plant in Germany where the German automotive manufacturer is planning to produce up to 20,000 units. It will be remaining to be seen whether these investments will be worth the effort of the German giant once the all-season convertible will arrive in the market at the end of the decade.
Nonetheless, the German automaker will need to consider and take into account the inherent concerns related to packaging of this design which is the folding mechanism that usually eats up into the boot space of the vehicle and in order to make up for this, the carmakers usually clip some rear legroom.
It will be interesting to see how VW manages to package this bit on its new convertible T-Roc before making it available for the customers in the year 2020.