The Volkswagen T-Roc: it's the German brand's take on the small SUV. The T-Roc compact SUV will be built at the Volkswagen plant in Osnabruck, Germany.
VW's late entry into the booming subcompact crossover segment - the T-Roc arrived near the end of 2017 - meant the brand's share of SUV/crossover sales in Europe was just 15 percent of its total previous year, according to data from market researcher JATO Dynamics. He predicted 40 percent of the company's global sales will come from SUVs by 2020.
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.
Little information has been released on the new T-Roc convertible short of a single sketch, but it would likely utilise the same range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines as the hard-top version. An eventual volume of up to 20,000 vehicles per year is planned. The last one available, the Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet, was a flop, with only a few thousand sold in all of North America during its brief four-year run.
Automakers are becoming more confident about launching niche versions of SUVs as the sector continues to grow.
Volkswagen said that over €80 million will be invested into its Osnabrück plant - which now assembles the Tiguan and the Porsche Cayman - for the production of the new model, including a complete modernisation of the factory's production technology, assembly and logistics. Currently, the plant oversees part-production of the Porsche Cayenne and Cayman, the Skoda Fabia and the VW Tiguan, before the model is finished in Wolfsburg.