Volkswagen’s New Eye-Catching Concept Car
This month held the 86th Geneva International Motor Show, and with it some outlandish concept car designs were revealed. One car that took our attention was the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze, effectively a Polo crossover with a convertible.
Crazy with its looks, the concept is a lightweight car with a small 1.0i engine, so it would be very economical and tipped to be priced at around $25,000 at its 2018 release date, we believe it will be a fierce competitor for the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
Its front-end is characterised with a wide grille, slim headlights and rather distinctive daytime running lights. Sitting on 19” custom rims, the T-Cross Breeze has a wide tailgate that promises easy loading for the cargo area, which is almost 300 litres.
While it’s not likely to make production as a convertible (we’ll keep our fingers crossed), a hard-top version of the T-Cross will more than likely enter production lines by late 2017 or early 2018.
The T-Cross concept car is approxiately the same overall size as the production five-door VW Polo, with which is shares its architecture. The interior is suggested to include a completely interactive cabin by employing development versions of VW’s next generation of consumer electronics in the cabin. Most surfaces are touch and pressure sensitive, replacing traditional buttons, dials and switches.
There is still some conventional engineering in the T-Cross Breeze, too, with an 81kW direct-injection, turbocharged petrol engine providing the power. The concept isn’t tipped to break any land-speed records by setting itself a target of 0-100km/h in 10.3 seconds. It also claims the car is good for 5.0L/100km on the NEDC cycle, emitting 115g/km of CO2. Its 40-litre fuel tank gives it a theoretical range of 800km.
The T-Cross Breeze also has idle-stop, plus an energy recuperation mode, and it drives the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Production versions are expected to come in both front- and all-wheel drive, with the option of five- and six-speed manual transmissions.
“This open-topped Volkswagen enriches the world of compact vehicles with an entirely new automotive lifestyle,” Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess insisted.
“Our T-Cross Breeze is the first open SUV in its class, while being an affordable, naughty Cabriolet with an elevated seating position for the perfect overview. The T-Cross Breeze is a study, but we can imagine to bring such a convertible on to the market – an inexpensive fun car with high suitability for everyday use,” he explained.