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Oh no, there’s a Volkswagen T-Roc convertible

VW chops the top off its compact crossover. Yeah, seriously

So, you’re telling us it’s not the 1 April? But we’re looking at pictures of a convertible version of the Volkswagen T-Roc – somebody must be having us on?

Nope. This really is the new Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet.

It’s easy to get your head around the standard T-Roc. It’s essentially a tall Golf with a few extra styling features thrown in to satisfy the world’s demand for sporty-looking crossovers.

The convertible though is not quite so simple. It can hardly be considered a family car with only two doors and a smaller boot, can it? VW says it’s all about adding “yet more lifestyle to the booming SUV market.” Hmm.

Still, this is a new car that’ll make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so we must tell you a bit about it, even if you’ve already made up your mind either way.

To follow VW tradition – and to save it from weighing as much as a small town – the Cabriolet features a folding soft top that will open in just nine seconds at speeds of up to 19mph.

It’ll also come in two different specs. ‘Style’ apparently allows for more personalisation, whereas ‘R-Line’ models will get sporty looks inside and out, including that rather strange boot spoiler.

There’s good news in the form of drivetrains though. The standard T-Roc’s two turbocharged petrol engines will both be available from launch with 6spd manual gearboxes as standard (VW’s 7spd dual clutch ‘box is an option). The smaller of the two is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 113bhp, with the larger being a 1.5-litre four-pot that pushes 148bhp through to the front wheels.

Inside it looks like business as usual from VW. There’s a clean interior with lots of plush materials and proper buttons to control most functions. Be interesting to find out how much legroom rear passengers get though.

All in all, the T-Roc Cabriolet seems like the people’s car for all those people who missed out on the Range Rover Evoque convertible a few years ago.

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