MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. From the Volkswagen stand, here’s the new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet.
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Before we go any further, what should we call this thing? How about a crossover-roadster? Yes, in the never-ending battle of manufacturers trying to outdo one another, the crossover-roadster is still an untapped market, hence the addition of the cabriolet version of VW’s T-Roc, which is still to be launched in South Africa.
The folding soft top takes nine seconds to transform the car from crossover to alfresco, and this can be done at speeds up to 30 km/h. The windscreen has been reinforced and there are rollover protection hoops in the event of, well, a rollover.
Engine wise, there’s a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol, and the VW Group’s excellent new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol. At the first revel in Frankfurt, Volkswagen reiterated that it is slowly evolving into an SUV brand, and as a result vehicles like the T-Roc Cabriolet will set new standards in the segment.
If it does indeed make it all the way down south, it will be the first Volkswagen convertible on sale in SA since the MkV Golf GTI Cabriolet. Cummon, VeeDub fans need a bit of vitamin D, too.