Welp, the T-Roc is Going to be a Convertible

Hmm. Okay, then.

In the realm of harmless mysteries, convertible crossovers rank pretty high—just above Turkish Delight and below the Shake Weight (seriously, how did that happen?). But VW apparently knows something that I don’t and has decided that what the T-Roc really needs is less rigidity.

The T-Roc cabriolet will be VW’s first drop-top crossover (one wonders why) and will be built in Osnabrück, where Karmann used to make its cabrios and where the Golf Cabriolet was made until relatively recently. So that’s kind of nice.

Apparently, VW has a lot of faith in this project because it’s investing €80 million to shepherd the T-Roc into the realm of reality.

“Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand. The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment,” said Herbert Diess, CEO of the VW brand, in a statement. “I am especially pleased to note that we can count on the Osnabrück team’s decades of experience with convertibles. The Osnabrück plant now has bright prospects for the future.”

The T-Roc cabriolet is part of VW’s well-publicized plan to expand its SUV range considerably. By 2020, the brand wants to have different SUVs on sale around the world. So the T-Roc will make up at least 1/10th of that.

No word yet on just when the T-Roc cabriolet is expected to hit the road, but it’s unlikely to ever see North American pavement, so all you weirdos out there will have to content yourselves with the Evoque convertible and the Rogue convertible.