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Volkswagen confirms convertible T-Roc crossoverby Ronan Glon
The company\'s CEO explains \"Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand.\"
Volkswagen has confirmed plans to introduce a convertible crossover based on the recently-launched T-Roc. Production of the yet-unnamed model will begin in 2020.
"Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand," company CEO Herbert Diess said in a statement. "With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range," he added. He predicted 40 percent of the company's global sales will come from SUVs by 2020.
An early teaser sketch (shown above) suggests the model looks a lot like a Golf Cabriolet with bigger wheels and a little bit more ground clearance. Volkswagen hasn't released images of the front end yet, but the T-Cross Breeze concept from 2016 (pictured in our gallery) gives us a good idea of what to expect.
The Wolfsburg-based firm is investing over 80 million euros (about $100 million) to develop the model and prepare its Osnabrück, Germany, factory to build about 20,000 units annually. The facility currently assembles the Euro-spec Tiguan and the Porsche Cayman. It recently stopped producing the Golf Cabriolet and the XL1, the limited-edition super-commuter capable of returning 260 mpg.
Production will begin in 2020. It's too early to tell whether the model will be sold in America, however. Volkswagen recently confirmed it won't sell the standard T-Roc here so the convertible might remain a forbidden fruit.