The expected Volkswagen concept introduction has the Geneva Motor Show showcase the interesting T-Cross Breeze prototype that could serve as a preview for a new niche: subcompact cabrio crossovers.
The German automaker has now taken the wraps off the T Cross Breeze concept in front of the worldwide audience gathered at the Swiss event and now we know a Polo-sized crossover is in the making. We are yet to know if the production series model would be a cabriolet but we bet if that’s the case it will also be joined by a regular model with five doors. The flying mill this time around was caught off guard because it only caught wind of the concept’s name – T-Cross – and had no idea it was actually a cabriolet wearing the “Breeze” moniker. This could be a sign to the things to come and we believe now the model foreshadows an entire new family of Polo-sized crossovers that among others will also come in the form of an open top with a retractable fabric roof.
We can see the design is being inspired by the bigger siblings – mainly the latest Tiguan – and changes have been made to respect the concept idea. We have a massive very wide front grille flanked by sleek headlights and big LED rings around the fog lights. On the side there’s a double character line and show floor packing 19-inch alloy wheels with a spiral design. The trunk lid is wide and gives access to the 10.6 cubic feet (300 liters) of cargo space but more importantly has taillights that also use LED technology. A summer reminding Summer Green Metallic paint is used for the body and there are also contrasting dark plastic body cladding on the wheel arches, radiator grille and the lower areas of the bumpers. The convertible credentials are supported by the lack fabric soft top and the visible aluminum surfaces such as the windshield frame, side sills, and underbody protection have a sandblasted finish.
The T-Cross Breeze concept is 162.7 inches (4,133 mm) long making it slightly larger than the current CrossPolo and the wheelbase of 101 inches (2,565 mm) is enough for the four seat arrangement (though back room looks readily available for kids only). Width is of 70.8 inches (1,798 mm) while height with the roof closed is of 61.5 inches (1,563 mm). Inside the cabin there are no conventional buttons and knobs and the touchscreen display arrangement reminds us of the Budd-E concept introduced in January during CES. The “Active Info Display” digital instrument cluster can be customized and there’s also a 300-watt Beats Audio sound system with a subwoofer.
The powertrain used for the T-Cross Breeze consists of a small turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit bringing 110 horsepower (81 kilowatts) and 129 pound-feet (175 Newton meters) of torque mated to the front axle via a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission. Fuel economy stands at 47 miles per gallon (5 liters / 100 km) and Co2 emissions at 115 g/km. Tipping the scales at 2,756 pounds (1,250 kilograms), the concept will sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 10.3 seconds and go up to 117 mph (188 km/h).