That he Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio It is one of the most unique models on the current market, something that became clear to us when we tested it recently. One thing is the rise of SUVs that we are currently experiencing, but another very different thing is that we are going to see convertible models regularly. In fact, after the disappearance of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, it seems that that particular segment will be orphaned. It is now confirmed that the T-Roc Cabriowill stop producing and it has a very clear reason.
The truth is that in terms of sales, the convertible crossover has not done badly. Despite having been on the market since 2020, last year it managed to be the second best-selling convertible (after the Mini Cabrio) with around 12,000 units. Not bad, but clearly it is a very small proportion of the conventional Volkswagen T-Roc that sold close to 200,000 units. And if there are sales, why withdraw it? Well, for a change of platform, since It is not an immediate termination and its production will end at the end of its commercial life.
Because all the rumors indicate that the next generation of the Volkswagen T-Roc will sit on the MQB Evo platform, which is the same that gives life to the current Golf, Passat or Tiguan. This will greatly expand the options, especially in terms of electrification, since they could come plug-in hybrid versions, increasingly in demand. It would also mean being able to equip technologies from higher segments and even grow a little in size. Of course, with the evolution of the MQB architecture, the convertible option would be lost.
It would require new developments and it seems that the German brand he doesn’t see it as profitable enough. That would mean losing another convertible on the market, a segment that is clearly on the decline and of which there are fewer models left. Not to mention that there would no longer be any other SUV with a soft top. Another one that is in danger in the range is the Volkswagen T-Roc R, the sports version that mounts the 2.0 TSI engine with up to 300 HP of power. The latter is less clear, since the arrival of a Golf R on the same platform is also pending, so it would not be difficult to adapt it.