2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet spy shots

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A new open-top version of Volkswagen's trendy T-Roc has been spotted. Its sighting follows that of a high-performance R version also in the works.

The T-Roc is a compact crossover SUV based on the Volkswagen Group's flexible MQB platform. It isn't sold in the United States so don't count on the open-top version appearing in local showrooms anytime soon.

Elsewhere, the open-top T-Roc, likely to be called a T-Roc Cabriolet, will go on sale in the first half of 2020 as a replacement for the soon-to-be-discontinued Beetle Cabriolet. It will be produced at VW's plant in Osnabrück, Germany.

Our spy shots show what the T-Roc Cabriolet will look like when it reaches production, and unsurprisingly it wears similar design traits to the fixed-roof version. The basic design changes from four doors to two, the roof is a cloth unit, and the rear end is slightly altered with a small spoiler.

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc

Depending on where it's sold, the T-Roc offers three gasoline and three diesel options, all of them inline units with turbocharging. Front-wheel drive and a manual transmission are standard but buyers can add all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission should they desire.

The only competition for the T-Roc Cabriolet is Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque Convertible. However, BMW could join the fray with an open-top version of its X2.

While VW has no plans to bring the T-Roc to the U.S., the automaker isn't ignoring the compact crossover segment here. Instead it's developing a separate nameplate for our market that will be styled like the mid-size Atlas and enter production at a plant in Mexico in 2020.

 
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