The Volkswagen T-Roc SUV was launched last year in Europe. This compact SUV has garnered over 40,000 bookings since its launch. In order to increase this, Volkswagen has now confirmed that it will launch a convertible variant of the T-Roc by 2020. The T-Roc is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform. The convertible variant will share the same platform, however, it will be slightly heavier than the hardtop version. Volkswagen first showcased the convertible variant of the T-Roc as a concept in 2014.
The Volkswagen T-Roc compact SUV will sit between the Tiguan and the T-Cross SUV. Ideally, it will rival against the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. It is likely to cost in-between INR 12 lakh to 14 lakh. The T-Roc will have a conventional convertible roof design. Unlike the concept which had two detachable halves of the roof. The T-Roc gets a fabric roof. However, according to CEO Dr Herbert Diess, a hardtop version is also on the cards.
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The Volkswagen T-Roc convertible SUV will remain quite identical to its standard avatar. Apart from a soft-top roof, all the major design attributes will remain identical. The cabriolet will be slightly heavier than the standard SUV. Also, the folding roof will take up some space in the boot, hence, reducing its capacity. That said, the Volkswagen T-Roc convertible will be one of its kind.
The Volkswagen T-Roc convertible, just like its standard avatar will get LED projector headlamps, LED DRLs, multi-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels, wide wheel arches among other features. It will include creature comforts like a touchscreen infotainment system, driver information display, automatic climate control to name a few.
The Volkswagen T-Roc convertible is likely to come with both petrol and diesel derivatives. The petrol derivative will get a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder TSI unit. This motor is capable of producing 108 BHP along with 175 NM of peak torque. The diesel derivative will get a 1.5-litre TDI unit. This engine produces 88 BHP along with 230 NM of peak torque.
The Volkswagen T-Roc SUV, in its standard guise is likely to launch in India. However, the German automaker is yet to make it official. Nothing can be said, as of yet for the T-Roc convertible.
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