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.
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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.