The new Volkswagen SUV DNA. Like the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, Atlas and Teramont, the design of the T-Roc reflects Volkswagen’s new, expressive SUV DNA. It combines authentic off-road elements such as dynamic performance and urban flair while at the same time allowing each model to develop its own distinctive character. Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design: “The new T-Roc puts its superiority on display, while at the same time embodying a highly expressive, almost cheeky design. It is this emotional component that makes it so appealing.”
Dynamic proportions. The T-Roc Cabriolet is 4,268 mm long and has a wheelbase of 2,630 mm. The width not including exterior mirrors is 1,811 mm, while the height is just 1,522 mm. The width-to-height ratio underscores the car’s dynamics, and the body’s centre of gravity – low for an SUV – enhances driving fun. Other defining features are the short overhangs and the large track widths of 1,538 mm (front) and 1,539 mm (rear).
Wide grille at the front. The high and wide radiator grille unit with the integrated dual headlights dominates the front section of the T-Roc Cabriolet. The top versions of the headlights use LED technology, and their housing is unusually flat. This was possible because the turn signals and daytime running lights have been shifted to the bumper. The LED headlights give the car a characteristic circular signature light. The front section is rounded off with a large air inlet filled with a honeycomb grille and a visual underbody protection.
Chrome strip on the side. A chrome strip runs below the windows of the T-Roc Cabriolet to the rear. A hand width below this, the so-called character line is traced as a light-refracting edge with a sharp undercut. This is interrupted by muscular wheel arches, while a powerful shoulder section grows out of the rear. Off-road applications made of plastic protect the wheel arches, the side sills and the lower zone of the front and rear section. These also have the effect of visually reducing the height of the body.
Horizontal rear section. Horizontal lines dominate the rear of the T-Roc Cabriolet, giving the open-top cross-over a flat, wide and sporty appearance. The third brake light is integrated in the spoiler. A contour runs between the sculpturally shaped tail light clusters, continuing the character line over the boot lid. The Volkswagen logo and the lettering “T-Roc” have been positioned below. The exhaust trim covers and the diffuser insert are trapezoid in shape.
Colour range comprising eight paint finishes. When it comes to the paintwork, customers have eight colours to choose from. Cactus Green and Pure White are plain finishes, while the metallic finishes are called Ivory Silver, Smoke Grey, Ravenna Blue, Kings Red and Turmeric Yellow. The range is rounded off with the pearlescent finish Deep Black. The soft top is black, regardless of the paint finish.
Black Style design package. Volkswagen offers the design package Black Style for both equipment lines. 18-inch Grange Hill alloy wheels finished in black are its main component. Other features offset in black are the trim strips, the exterior mirror housings and the top of the rear spoiler.
Generous interior. The interior design of the 2 + 2-seater T-Roc Cabriolet harmonises perfectly with the package and the operating concept. The geometries and surfaces appear clean and calm, with certain details conveying the robust SUV look – the interior echoes the contemporary styling of the exterior. The large-area inlays are available in four matt colours for both equipment lines. These are Silver Silk, Shadow Steel, Turmeric Yellow and Ravenna Blue. For the seat covers there are five colours available, including black, grey and brown.
The long wheelbase provides the basis for a generous interior package. The height above the road in relation to the H-point is 599 mm for the driver and front passenger and even 616 mm for rear passengers. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 284 litres – regardless of whether the soft top is open or closed. The versatility of the T-Roc Cabriolet is highlighted by the folding rear seat backrests, released by means of levers in the luggage compartment, and the optional tow bar.
Light soft top. The T-Roc Cabriolet features a classic soft top entirely in the style of the Beetle and Golf Cabriolet. It blends harmoniously in with the design line – when closed, the crossover resembles a coupé because the line of the soft top tapers off gradually. With a total weight of 53.1 kg including the entire powertrain, the soft top module is very light, benefiting the vehicle’s centre of gravity and associated driving dynamics.
Perfect aerodynamics. The soft top itself consists of the linkage, headliner, cushioned mat and outer cover. Four cross braces and the large front cross strut are mounted between the longitudinal frame of the linkage. Bolted-on fabric holding rails connect the covers to the cross struts, which is why the fabric roof does not balloon at higher speeds. This has a positive impact not just on aerodynamics but also on noise levels in the vehicle interior. The longitudinal seams of the outer fabric sections are designed in such a way that they serve as additional drip rails.
Opening and closing at speeds of up to 30 km/h. An electrohydraulic drive opens and closes the soft top of the T-Roc Cabriolet fully automatically. During opening, it folds into a compact Z-shaped package covered by the front cross strut. The T-Roc Cabriolet does without a roof compartment lid, which is why it lets the sun into the interior so easily. Controlled by means of a central switch on the centre tunnel or optionally via the remote control key, the opening process is finished after just nine seconds and can even be carried out during travel at speeds of up to 30 km/h. Closing the top is hardly any slower at 11 seconds. Volkswagen is able to supply a windbreak on request.
Safety in the background. A system fitted behind the rear seats serves to protect passengers in the event of a rollover. As soon as the vehicle sensors detect that the car is exceeding a defined transverse acceleration or a certain tilt angle, two thick panels shoot out behind the headrests in a fraction of a second. There are reinforcement tubes in the windscreen frame and the A-pillars, and convertible-specific reinforcements are integrated in the floor area.