It wasn’t that long ago when most major car companies had a convertible in their model line. Driving with the open sky overhead was not for everyone, but it had a twist and the cars without a roof attracted the attention and smiles of passers-by. But it was a marginal segment that was the first to be hit by cuts during the crisis.

And so the vast majority of cult convertibles disappeared from the automotive scene, while the segment of SUVs and crossovers of all kinds took precedence. But why not combine these two categories? The first SUV-cabriolet was the Range Rover Evoque (no longer sold today), which was supplemented in 2019 by the more popular Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet.

The SUV without a roof was an indirect successor to the open Golf or Beetle. After all, the history of Volkswagen convertibles is very varied, after all, such a version was already offered by the first generation Golf at the turn of the seventies and eighties.

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Well-preserved Golf Cabrios of the first generation are today among the well-valued goods.

Logically, it was not a sales mover, yet it was not so bad in terms of customer interest. The T-Roc Cabrio, which underwent a facelift two years ago together with the traditional SUV, found twelve thousand interested parties this year alone. Only the Mini Cabrio is more successful in the open car category, but again it’s worth remembering that you could count the other competitors on the fingers of a less skilled woodcutter.

Despite this, the management of the brand confirmed at the CES fair in Las Vegas that the new generation T-Roc will not see the open sky overhead. If you’ve been eyeing a convertible, hurry up. The orders will most likely be closed at the end of this year, as we are already expecting the arrival of a brand new generation with a more modern MQB Evo architecture and a plethora of equipment elements in the next year.

Volkswagen is probably finally ending convertibles (at least the combustion ones), after all, the next T-Roc is supposed to be one of the last new Volkswagens with traditional engines. From 2033, the brand wants to be exclusively electric in Europe.

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