Don’t be fooled by its bare top which illustrates VW’S idea of a convertible subcompact crossover SUV. The T-Cross Breeze concept previews an upcoming CUV set to slot below the VW Tiguan CUV. Volkswagen says that they the T-Cross Breeze previews the first of three planned SUVs that will join the current Touareg and Tiguan models.
Further, Klaus Bischoff, VW’s head of design further intimated that the concept previews a very compact SUV that they plan to take into production. The T-Cross is even smaller than the T-Roc concept which we saw at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The T-Roc previews a crossover that is almost the size of the VW Golf. The two-door convertible resembles the Range Rover Evoque Convertible which was recently introduced.
During its Debut at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, Herbet Diess, VW’S chairman of Board of Management quipped that the model is the first open-top SUV in its class. He went on to claim that it will be an affordable and cheeky cabriolet that offers a raised position for a perfect view. Whether VW will include a cabriolet variant of the model when it goes to production remains to be seen. A conventional 5-door SUV is most likely.
Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Exterior
The T-Cross Breeze offers a preview of how the VW small crossovers will look like. The automaker has added some unique styling cues that will help tell them apart from their larger siblings.
The T-Cross Breeze stands at 162.7 inches long and has a width of 70.8 inches while its wheelbase stretches 101 inches. The convertible CUV features a wide radiator grille flanked by narrow LED headlights and LED DRLs. The fog lights are also surrounded by LED rings and are mounted on the lower corners of the front bumper.
On the sides, the vehicle features a double character line which rises over the rear wheel arch. The sides also feature stylish 19-inch wheels. The rear features a trunk-lid which is flanked by two round-shaped red reflectors and LED taillights.
We anticipate a production model with a fifth door at the rear though. The convertible CUV also comes with a wide skid plate to help when driving in off-road terrains. The exterior is finished in Summer Green Metallic paint job.
Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Interior
The CUV interior continues the Summer Green Metallic exterior color trim. Its interior designers have hooked up its panels with a tri-tone theme which includes white, black and the summer green. The seats on the other hand feature black and white as the main colors and summer green as a contrating strips. It will accommodate four passengers but we expect a production model without a soft top to haulup to five adults.
One thing that stands out on the cabin is the infotainment system which is an upgraded version of the one we saw on the BUDD-E concept which was showcased at CES in January. Controls on the centerstack are all touch-sensitive except window switche and the button that operates the vehicle’s soft top. Its new human-machine interface which is detached from the dash just like wih the BUDD-e can be controlled via gestures. It also features a steering wheel and 3 glass scroll wheels which replace the conventional gear shift.
Other interior features include an Active Info Display placed in front of the driver. The display is customizable and displays navigation information, maps and other important information.
The main unit of the infotainment system is mounted at the center of the dash and the driver can customize it depending on the information he wants to see. The system integrates Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink as standard. For the audiophiles, there is an 8-speaker 300-watts BeatsAudio premium sound system.
Expect a more conventional interior when the production model arrives probably in 2018 or ’19.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the disguised CUV concept features a turbocharged 1.0 L 3-cylinder gasoline engine. The engine is capable of producing 110 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm. The engine which uses direct injection is mated to a 7-speed dual shift double clutch transmission system that channels power to the front wheels.
Volkswagen says the engine can power the T-Cross Breeze concept to hit 60 mph from standstill in 10.3 seconds and attain a top speed of 117 mph. In terms of fuel economy, the CUV is pretty frugal and is rated at 56.5 mpg on combined drives and has a 115g/km CO2 emission rating.
According to VW, this engine will be joined by 2 more three-cylinder units and a 4-cylinder mill for the production model. Specs on the other engines will be availed later.
Pictures from 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Price and release date
When the production model comes out, it will cost less than the Tiguan and Touareg. A production model could hit the streets as early as 2018. Keep it here for more updates as we wait to see what VW does next with this concept.
A production model of the T-Cross Breeze will compete against other “baby” CUVs such as the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
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