VW T-Roc Convertible Reveals Its Secrets in 28-Minute Video

VW T-Roc Convertible Reveals Its Secrets in 28-Minute Video 1 photo
Photo: YouTube screenshot/Autogefuhl
Volkswagen has a bad habit of making cars nobody asked for, the latest example being the T-Roc Cabrio. Unveiled earlier today, we thought this model was interesting enough to have a second look.
The Germans were very open about making this model, first previewing it with a concept. So there are no major surprises here. However, the detailed video shot by Autogefuhl reveals significant changes over a standard T-Roc.

The convertible is a 2-door, not a 5-door like the base crossover, which means they've made significant changes. Its doors are longer, as are the rear wings. The wheelbase has been increased by 37mm while the total length grows by 34mm.

Volkswagen made a number of funky compact cars, all of which have been discontinued due to poor sales. There was the Eos convertible with a folding metal roof, the Scirocco coupe and the Golf Cabrio with an optional 270 horsepower R engine. Also, let's not forget the Beetle!

Since it's not going into production just yet, the T-Roc Cabrio should be around until 2025. And in all that time, we're going to talk about how dated it look, how the Golf 8 has a much better interior or that EVs are the way to go and this formula belongs to another century.

But we don't fully hate this. It fills a very specific niche - square convertible that rarely leaves the city. The design is nowhere near as conspicuous as a C-Class Cabrio and the 284-liter trunk space is way more usable than a Miata's.

One area where we're sorely disappointed is the engines. Scirocco, Beetle, Eos - they were all famous for their powerful 2-liter engines. In fact, you were downright crazy to buy one of those with something smaller. But the T-Roc Cabrio only has the 115 HP 1-liter and 150 HP 1.5-liter turbos, despite being burdened with structural strengthening in the underbody, side panels, cross members, doors, and windscreen frame.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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