New Volkswagen Convertible Crossover Enters Production
Volkswagen has had a few convertibles over the years. The Golf, Jetta, and Beetle have all had a cabriolet model at some point in their history. Nowadays though, Volkswagen no longer has a convertible model, as the Beetle faces its last production year in 2019. At least for the knowable future. In its place, Volkswagen recently announced the production of the T-Roc Cabriolet.
But what is the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet?
The T-Roc is a compact crossover SUV, the first of its kind, that’s been in production since 2017. It features a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine and both the 1.5L and 2.0L TSI engines. The 1.6L and 2.0L TDI diesels are also available. It has FWD and 4Motion AWD options. The production of the Cabriolet variant has started in Osnabrück, Germany, as of Dec. 4, 2019. The production site location might hint at why you’re just now hearing about this model; the T-Roc is a European exclusive, for now at least.
American Compact Crossover SUV
Volkswagen doesn’t plan to forego the compact crossover in the rest of the world, however. A T-Roc sibling is set for production in Mexico for sale in the American market. In South America it’s called the Tarek, in China, the Tharu. The North American name is either undecided or undisclosed. We do know some of the specs though. It’s 175.3 inches long, making it 10 inches shorter than the current generation of Volkswagen Tiguan. Based on other Volkswagen offerings, it’s a safe bet to believe that the American Tarek/Tharu will feature both FWD and 4Motion AWD. Media outlets speculate that the standard engine will include the 2.0L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine found in most other Volkswagen vehicles. The unnamed compact crossover is expected to hit the market in either 2021 or 2022.
Currently Available Crossovers
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