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T-Roc Convertible brings a breath of fresh air to the SUV segment

  • Volkswagen expands its T-Roc family with an attractive model for outdoor enthusiasts
  • The first CUV cabriolet in the compact class provides a sense of freedom
  • World premiere at IAA 2019, market launch in spring 2020

 

With this world premiere, Volkswagen is blowing a new wind in the SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) segment. As the first crossover cabriolet in the compact class, the new T-Roc Convertible combines the looks and qualities of a classic SUV with the unique driving sensation of a convertible. "Accept No Roof", this slogan speaks for itself and promises a sense of freedom, a new lease of life in the SUV segment and emotional driving pleasure. The T-Roc Convertible keeps this promise and brightens up everyday life with its trendy features.

The T-Roc becomes the T-Roc family. More than just a vehicle, the T-Roc Convertible represents another way of life in the growing SUV market. The functionality, dynamic handling and technology of the T-Roc, unveiled in November 2017, bodes well for the future. The name already says it all: the "T", borrowed from the Tiguan and Touareg, indicates that the T-Roc family belongs to the SUV category, while the "Roc" characterises this crossover vehicle. Thus, this prestigious and dynamic vehicle completes and shakes up the compact SUV segment. It is also a great success, since nearly 360,000 vehicles have already been purchased since its launch on the market. In March 2019, the family welcomed a new member with the T-Roc R2), a high-performance version with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, giving the vehicle a power output of 221 kW/300 hp and torque of 400 Nm. In the spring of 2020, the T-Roc Convertible will add a convertible variant to the crossover range. A cabriolet that makes driving a real pleasure, whatever the circumstances.

"Accept No Roof. A stylish and sporty member of the T-Roc family, the T-Roc Cabriolet pushes the boundaries of motoring. It is appreciated both for its high utility value and the feeling of freedom it gives, as well as for its performance and comfort. Its attractive and trendy design arouses positive emotions. Its top-of-the-range soft top opens in 9 seconds. It can also be opened while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h. What's more, this CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) combines all the recognised qualities of Volkswagen SUVs: raised seats and numerous customisation options. The T-Roc Cabriolet thus proves to be an ambassador of joie de vivre and driving pleasure. It has been designed for people in search of adventure and freedom, both on a daily basis and when going off the beaten track. The crossover cabriolet will be officially presented at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) from 12 to 22 September 2019. The market launch is planned for spring 2020.

An offer that opens up new perspectives. Positioned just below the Tiguan in their segment, the T-Roc and the T-Roc Convertible share the same base, namely the Modular Transverse Engine Platform (MQB). The MQB gives designers the opportunity to combine a compact construction with a completely independent body. The T-Roc Cabriolet is 4,268 mm long, with a wheelbase of 2,630 mm. The width is 1,811 mm (excluding outside mirrors) and the height is 1,522 mm. The driver and front passenger are seated 599 mm above the ground (616 mm for the rear seats), giving the driver and front passenger a good perspective. In the two-door interior, the driver and passengers enjoy a high degree of flexibility and space. The 284-litre luggage compartment is no exception and is in no way inferior to the compact crossover segment. In addition, the versatility of this vehicle concept is also underlined by the optionally available towbar.

The soft top of the T-Roc Convertible. Following in the tradition of the Beetle and Golf Cabriolet, the T-Roc Cabriolet has a classic soft top. The soft top consists of a frame, roof canopy, full-surface upholstery and outer skin. The development team has arranged the longitudinal seams of the outer fabric (centre section and two side panels) so that they serve as an additional gutter.

Optimal aerodynamics. Four transverse and one front roll bar (the first large transverse member behind the windscreen frame) are mounted in the longitudinal frame of the soft top frame. The soft top is connected to the hoops by screwed fabric support rails. This ensures that the soft top does not inflate, even at high speeds. This is not only good for aerodynamics, but also for the noise level in the passenger compartment. The high-grade fabric roof and the specially designed window and door seals make this pleasantly quiet feeling possible.

Opening and closing while driving. When the roof is open, the upper part of the front roll bar covers a large part of the soft-top compartment area, making an additional cover unnecessary. The T-Roc Convertible also allows you to enjoy the sun quickly: its standard fully automatic electro-hydraulic soft top opens in just 9 seconds at the touch of a switch on the centre console, or from outside the vehicle using the key. It can also be opened and closed while the vehicle is in motion, up to a speed of 30 km/h. The soft top of the T-Roc Convertible locks and unlocks thanks to an electromechanical system. The entire roof system operates fully automatically. No manual intervention is required.

Safety down to the last detail. Passengers in the T-Roc Cabriolet are well protected by the telescopic, reversible roll-over protection behind the rear seats. The system in T-Roc is activated in a fraction of a second after a defined transverse acceleration has been exceeded or when the vehicle's tilt reaches the area of the rear head restraints. In addition, the T-Roc Convertible benefits from a reinforced windscreen frame and numerous other structural modifications, including underbody and side panels, crossmembers and doors, to ensure maximum safety.

"Always on" and "Digital Cockpit". Better connectivity for greater comfort in the T-Roc Cabriolet: thanks to the latest generation infotainment systems (MIB3) available as an option, the cabriolet is permanently connected and thus offers new features and services on board. The new system features an Online Connectivity Unit (OCU) with integrated eSIM. In this way, the cabriolet can be permanently networked once the driver has registered it in the Volkswagen system. The information is displayed on the infotainment system's screen, which measures up to 8.0 inches. This can be combined with the optional Active Info Display with its 11.7-inch display to form a complete digital cockpit. The functional equipment is rounded off by an optional 12-channel audio system from the American manufacturer BeatsAudio. With a power output of 400 W, this allows music to be played when the roof is open, enhancing driving pleasure. 

Style and R-Line finishes. Volkswagen sets a clear line in terms of equipment: the customer can choose between the design-oriented Style finish and the R-Line sports equipment package. With these two equipment lines, anyone wishing to add an extra touch of style to the vehicle can opt for light-alloy wheels measuring up to 19 inches instead of the standard 17-inch wheels.

The Style finish focuses on design and customisation. This is ensured by a choice of four interior decors, standard ambient lighting, painted 17-inch Mayfield light-alloy wheels and optional leather packages (2 colours available). The level of equipment with the standard Composition Media infotainment system and its USB and Bluetooth interfaces, as well as We Connect online offerings, ensure a complete and coherent package.

The R-Line finish is decidedly sporty and consists mainly of the contents of the R-Line Exterior and Interior packages, which are available as an option with the T-Roc. In addition, the sporty character is emphasised by the standard fog lights, a sporty chassis and progressive steering with speed-dependent steering adjustment. Fitted sports seats with integrated head restraints, special fabric and imitation leather upholstery and the R-Line logo are further distinctive features of this equipment line. The standard electrically adjustable lumbar support ensures comfort, and the choice of colours allows you to personalise the vehicle.

In terms of basic technical equipment, both variants include Front Assist with City Emergency Brake and Pedestrian Recognition, Multi-Collision Brake and Lane Assist Lane Departure Assist.

Efficient TSI Duo. Dynamism is part of the T-Roc family's DNA. This front-wheel drive convertible offers a nimble and sporty everyday driving experience with the prestige of an SUV. It's suitable for both city and long-distance journeys. The available engines ensure relaxing journeys in all circumstances and are even more enjoyable with the soft top open. Two petrol engines with efficient turbochargers are available: one with 85 kW/115 hp (torque of 200 Nm) and one with 110 kW/150 hp (torque of 250 Nm). A 6-speed manual gearbox comes as standard with the 85 kW 1.0 litre 3-cylinder engine, while a 7-speed double-clutch automatic transmission is available as an option with the 110 kW 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine.

The T-Roc, founder of the T-Roc family. The prestige of an SUV and the dynamism of a compact saloon, all crowned by a cutting-edge design: the T-Roc is the ambassador of a new compact mobility that combines seemingly contradictory features. It embodies the urban lifestyle, yet is also appealing in its versatility. The raised seats and large trunk volume are reminiscent of the qualities of an SUV. In addition, T-Roc assists the driver in critical situations, for example with standard Front Assist with City Emergency Brake and Lane Assist. It also demonstrates excellent scanning and connectivity performance. This five-door, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle is compact on the outside, yet offers plenty of room inside. The T-Roc, T-Roc Style and T-Roc Sport equipment variants allow maximum customisation, with a wide choice of two-tone paint finishes further extending the range of possibilities.

T-Roc R: performance and lifestyle. The T-Roc R, presented in March 2019 in Geneva, expands the T-Roc family with a decidedly sporty variant for those looking for an elegant car with good road performance. The T-Roc R is equipped with a four-cylinder TSI engine with a displacement of 2.0 litres, delivering 221 kW/300 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. The combination with a 7-speed double-clutch automatic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive provides excellent acceleration. The T-Roc R accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The sporty nature of the T-Roc R is enhanced by its unique and emotional design. This is reflected in the impressive air intakes, lowered rocker panels, a prominent rear diffuser and up to 19-inch wheels.

SUV campaign. By 2020, the growing SUV segment is expected to grow to 20 models worldwide and become more diverse. With the Tiguan and Touareg, Volkswagen is setting the standard in the SUV segment. In addition to the T-Roc family, this wide range of vehicles also includes the Atlas and Teramont. The range is completed by the T-Cross and, from 2020, by the standard version of the ID concept car. CROZZ, the first fully electric SUV. The dynamic T-Roc cabriolet takes on the role of an agile and versatile crossover that meets all expectations. To achieve this, the development team has combined the qualities of Volkswagen SUVs with the sensations delivered by convertibles.

With the new T-Roc Convertible, Volkswagen is expanding its range of models in the fastest growing segment of the automotive sector: compact SUVs. The T-Roc convertible will be produced at the Volkswagen plant in Osnabrück. A plant with many years of experience in the construction of convertibles: the convertible versions of the Beetle and Golf were built here, among other models.