Volkswagen wants to reinvent itself, starting with the introduction of the new T-Cross Breeze concept, though we won't blame you if Range Rover's Evoque Cabriolet comes to mind.
According to the German car manufacturer, the concept offers a first look at a newly developed model series (probably signaling a Polo-based crossover), as it plans to add three more SUVs in its line-up and offer an “exciting product” in every relevant segment.
The study is supposed to be an affordable fun car that’s also suitable for everyday use. Even its powertrain gives a glimpse of the production model, being a 1.0-litre 110PS turbocharged direct injection petrol engine producing 175 Nm of maximum torque from 1,500 rpm.
It drives the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox, and thanks to the low weight (1,250 kg), it takes only 10.3 seconds for it to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill. Nothing special, but more than satisfactory considering its size.
"At the moment the T-Cross Breeze is purely a concept, but we can well imagine putting such a convertible on the market as a production model”, said Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.
Those looking for a relaxing, affordable open-air cruising experience will be absolutely happy with its 800 km (theoretical) range that's achievable thanks to its 5.0 l/100 km (47 MPG) average fuel consumption.
Measuring 4,133 mm in length, the T-Breeze is slightly longer than a CrossPolo but considerably wider, at 1,798 mm; its short body overhangs are the result of a fairly long wheelbase (2,565 mm), “guaranteeing sporty proportions”, as Volkswagen says. With the soft-top closed, the height of the car measures exactly 1,563 mm, thus cradling its passengers higher up than the conventional Polo does.
From a visual standpoint, the concept unmistakably carries the new Volkswagen design DNA found in other new Wolfsburg products, although it has some specific, unique line to it that proves its independent SUV series. These distinctive details, like the wide radiator grille and narrow headlights, underline the independent design of the small automobile. Its rear end is dominated by a wide boot lid with integrated LED rear lights, that opens up to reveal an easy load area, with a volume of nearly 300 liters.
When it comes to the vehicle’s cabin, VW believes future models can do without switches, and the T-Breeze showcases just that. Instead of coming up with a variety of knobs and buttons, the designers concentrated on what really matters, creating a spacious interior and a completely redesigned driver’s cockpit in the process.
Making use of next-generation human-machine interface (HMI) and developing an entirely new control interface that will find its way into production models, the concept almost eliminates the need of switches. Gesture control also forms an integral part of the operating interface.