Brace yourselves Africa. Convertible SUVs will become a thing and there ain't nothing we can do about it. Now, meet the VW that will make it mainstream!
If ever there was a brand that could take convertible SUVs and make them a thing, it would be VW. In an urban setting, it is without a doubt South Africa's favourite badge from PE to EL, from JHB to CT, from DBN to PTA. VWs rule the Africa around us and that there is the way of the world.
Now, all that is fine and well. But, are you prepared for its take on convertibles SUVS: the T-ROC cabriolet, that will, whether you like the look of it or not, surely turn convertible 4X4s into a thing. Yes, convertible, soft SUVs are currently gaining steam and this here T-ROC cab is set for a 2020 debut after a first rendition of it was unveiled just 2 years ago in the form of the T-Cross Breeze Concept seen here.
The T-Cross Breeze Concept. Pretty much what the new cab will look like.
Certainly, GT MAG can't be sure of how it feels when it comes to convertible SUVs - it already struggles with convertibles as it is - but it would seem that VW believes that convertible SUVs will become a thing or at least should, and that they want to be ahead of the trend by setting it.
In fact, VW reckons that by 2040, 40% of VWs sold will be SUVs anyway and VW is, according to Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, slowing evolving into an SUV brand. As such, convertible SUVs just make sense, don't they?
No doubt, it has certainly got us emotionally conflicted. You see, the convertible Range Rover Evoque is fine because it is so niche an expensive that we expect to see very few of them anyway and when we do, it will be a smiling change. But, be assured the T-ROC Cab will be far more common than that and when we see it, will it be a cringe-worthy gimmick?
Seriously, we're not sure. Is this a good trend? Is a convertible, soft SUV something that should be seen at all? And importantly, is it something that you should be seen in?
Please, tell us. Let us know what you think.
Here's a teased sketch of the actual cab to come.