Volkswagen will build a convertible version of its T-Roc baby SUV. Photo: Supplied

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David McCowen | Feb, 27 2018 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen will build a cabriolet version of its upcoming T-Roc baby SUV, giving drop-top fanciers an affordable alternative to the Range Rover Evoque convertible.

Set to go into production in 2020, the new machine is expected to be a niche model with around 20,000 examples built per year.

Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess says "Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand”, producing increasing numbers of high-riding models.

“The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment,” he says.

“With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range.”

The convertible will be built in Osnabrück, Germany, where the current VW Tiguan and Porsche 718 Cayman are constructed.

It represents a spiritual successor to VW’s discontinued Golf Cabriolet and Eos convertibles, giving the brand a budget alternative to popular roadsters such as Mazda’s MX-5.

VW’s conventional five-door T-Roc, a rival to the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR, is expected arrive locally in 2020 following European production shortages.

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