Volkswagen is testing its upcoming T-Roc Convertible, and this is the very first set of shots showing a camouflaged prototype of the drop top. The vehicle will replace the VW Golf Convertible in the range, and like that car, it will feature a soft top and frameless and pillarless doors.

It is going to be a four-seater vehicle with decent room in the back for passengers, powered by a range of mostly gasoline and probably diesel engines and at the moment it has no real crossover rivals in the same size and price bracket.

The soft top it uses looks like it’s very similar in shape to that of the current Golf Cabriolet, and it will pretty much offer the same experience as that car but will sit slightly higher off the ground and better off-road capability. But make no mistake, it is designed to spend most of its time on the road, and we doubt anybody will want to do serious off-roading in one of these.

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible Exterior Styling

  • Soft top looks like the one from the Golf
  • Vehicle has longer doors for rear seat access
  • Has frameless side windows
2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible Exterior Spyshots
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The front fascia of the T-Roc convertible will be mostly identical to that of the hardtop five-door model, although VW may give it a unique bumper and grille design. Its steeply-raked windscreen continues with what looks like quite a low top which, in conjunction with the two-door layout, gives the car a totally different look.

It has been done before - to turn a five-door high-rider into a two-door soft top model, so it’s not a surprising look - but none of the models that looked like this were ever big sellers.

Even so, VW has gone ahead with the project knowing that it will have limited appeal and demand for it will not be great - killing off the Golf Cabrio will bring additional buyers, but those buyers may not want a high-rider and may look at offerings from other brands

From the side, it looks a lot like the current Golf soft top, albeit with a taller body and additional ground clearance. This being a two-door, the doors are longer to allow for easier access to the rear seats. At the back, it looks like it uses the regular model’s rear lights and bumper, but we can’t exactly make out the shape due to the rather effective use of psychedelic camouflage.

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible Interior Design

  • Hard plastic throughout
  • Digital dials improve ambiance
  • Has seating for four
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Interior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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We expect the T-Roc convertible’s interior to be identical to that of the regular model.

It may have some trim changes and extra branding to remind you that it is the convertible, but the dashboard, seats and trim pieces will be carried over.

That means it will be offered with the optional full digital gauge cluster as well as the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. However, this also means the convertible will inherit the hardtop model’s hard plastic interior with literally no soft-touch surfaces to speak of - not even on top of the dashboard where you even find it on most cheaper cars.

But at least buyers will be able to get trim combinations choices to personalize the interior, a big selling point of the hardtop model.

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible Drivetrain And Performance

  • Will get both gasoline and diesel engines
  • No convertible R version
2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible Exterior Spyshots
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The T-Roc convertible will share its engines with the rest of the T-Roc range - in Europe, it can either be had with a 1.0-liter with 115 metric horsepower or a 1.5-liter with 150 metric horsepower.

Both come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, but the 1.5-liter also has an available seven-speed DSG automatic.

One diesel engine is offered too, the 1.6-liter TDI with 115 metric horsepower that is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox.

VW is also working on a hot T-Roc R, which is said to use the same 310 metric horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive system as the Golf R, but it is not going to be offered in a convertible body.

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible Prices

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The VW T-Roc five-door is available from €20,560 ($23,640) in Germany, with a fully loaded top spec model with a full leather interior, automatic gearbox, R-Line exterior package and all of the gadgets coming in at over €35,000 ($40,250). The convertible will be a few thousand Euros more expensive, with pricing being announced closer to its launch for 2020 (by which time the T-Roc may also receive a facelift).

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible Competition

Range Rover Evoque Convertible

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible High Resolution Exterior
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Literally the only other similar offering, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible targets the same market segment (people looking for a soft top high-riding vehicle) but is a larger and more expensive proposition. Unlike the T-Roc convertible, which is strictly for on-road use with its fairly low ground clearance, the Evoque Convertible is as capable in the rough stuff as any Range Rover.

Its electric-folding soft takes 18 seconds to retract, and it raises in 21 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h). The Evoque drop top is aimed at a slightly more affluent audience, compared to the T-Roc, with a starting price over €54,000 in Europe and $52,100 in the US.

Read our full review on the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet High Resolution Exterior
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Few cars were as strange as the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet; a model only sold from 2011 to 2014. It looked like a mashup of several vehicle types and styles, but it was utterly unique at the time, and now the model is reportedly in high demand on the second-hand market, and pristine examples can even fetch up to $30,000.

It’s powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 engine as the regular Murano and uses the same continuously variable transmission, but it’s by no means sporty to drive. The cloth top is hydraulically operated, but unlike the Evoque which can put its top up or down on the move, the Murano CrossCabriolet needs to be stationary, and you need to make sure there is plenty of space behind the vehicle - the trunk lid moves back considerably any time the top is raised or lowered.

Read our full review on the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Final Thoughts

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible Exterior Spyshots
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VW is aware that the T-Roc convertible is not going to be a huge seller, but it’s building it anyway. The vehicle will not have mass appeal, but it will be exactly what some buyers are looking for, and some will just buy it because it is a quirky vehicle in an age when manufacturers seem to be looking at what everybody else is doing instead of trying to innovate.

The convertible T-Roc may also lure the buyers who would have bought the Golf convertible which VW is going to discontinue after the current model ends its lifecycle. And its popularity will be greater if VW doesn’t price it too much above the regular five-door.

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Further reading

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc.

2019 Volkswagen T-Roc GTI
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc GTI.

2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R.

2016 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet.

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