Roc Cabriolet confirmed: the Evoque Convertible sparks a copycat

Volkswagen T Roc SUV

The T Roc convertible SUV will be produced at the company's Osnabruck plant from 2020 Volkswagen Press

Volkswagen has announced that it will build a convertible SUV based on its popular T-Roc small crossover. The plant has been set-up by VW to produce the T-Roc SUV at Osnabruck, Germany. It now produces the Tiguan and Porsche Cayman as well as the ultra-low-volume XL1 economy auto.

The German automaker hasn't revealed whether the T-Roc cabriolet will have a hard or soft folding roof, and the single design sketch VW has released doesn't make it clear.

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 past year, according to data from market researcher JATO Dynamics. The T-Roc was Volkswagen fourth SUV, after Tiguan, Atlas and Touareg.

The investment will allow modernization of production technology, assembly and logistics at the Osnabrück plant.

"Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand".

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With 720 000 Tiguans sold, this vehicle is among the 10 best-selling models in the world and the top three SUVs.

Volkswagen expects that 40 percent of its vehicle production will be CUVs by 2020.

The T-Roc was launched in August past year and is smaller than the Volkswagen Tiguan and became a new contender in the compact vehicles segment like Toyota's C-HR and Nissan Qashqai.

Volkswagen, of course, is more optimistic. "With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range".

The vehicle is driven by Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system in the front-wheels and is available with bigger engines. 'I am especially pleased to note that we can count on the Osnabrück team's decades of experience with convertibles.

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