Get­ting its top off

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEW CAR NEWS - By CHRIS RUSSON

ACONVERTIB­LE ver­sion of the Volk­swa­gen T-roc SUV is on the way and will have its world pre­miere at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show in Septem­ber.

Dubbed the first crossover cabri­o­let in the com­pact class the open top T-roc will have a fab­ric roof which can open and close au­to­mat­i­cally in nine sec­onds at speeds of al­most 20mph.

A pro­duc­tion ready con­cept will be shown at Frank­furt and VW says the T-roc Cabri­o­let will be avail­able as a front-wheel-drive car with ei­ther a 1.0-litre three-cylin­der TSI en­gine de­vel­op­ing 115ps or a more pow­er­ful 1.5 TSI with 150ps.

Both will be six speed man­u­als with a seven-speed DCT semi-au­to­matic trans­mis­sion an op­tion on the big­ger en­gine.

Safety fea­tures on the con­vert­ible in­clude a re­in­forced wind­screen frame, other body stiff­en­ing and and roll-over pro­tec­tion for all oc­cu­pants.

The cabrio is slightly longer than the reg­u­lar T-roc and a four seater only with boot space of 284 litres com­pared to 445 litres.

Two trim lev­els will be avail­able in­clud­ing an R-line spec­i­fi­ca­tion which has fog lights and sports tuned sus­pen­sion and steer­ing as stan­dard.

With the demise of the open top ver­sions of the Beetle and Golf, the T-roc will be the only cabri­o­let in the cur­rent VW line up.

Prices and an on sale date are still to be an­nounced but the reg­u­lar T-roc costs from £20,005 with R-line mod­els com­ing in from £27.690 and it is un­der­stood the cabrio is slated to go into pro­duc­tion early next year.

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