You may have seen the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, but Volkswagen is taking the convertible crossover to a smaller scale with the VW T-Cross Breeze concept, which debuts at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show this week. It rides on a sub-compact VW Polo platform. It sits higher, has all-wheel-drive capability, and the soft drop-top lets the environment in.
The Breeze concept heralds in a much needed rejuvenation of the crossover lineup at Volkswagen. The Tiguan will be the first production crossover to get a redesign. It will go on sale in Europe this spring, and will follow in other markets after that. An all-new midsize crossover will be next. The next Touareg will join the lineup after that. Volkswagen is planning two more crossovers below the Tiguan. There will be Golf-based and Polo-based models.
The Breeze is one concept of what is possible on the Polo sub-compact platform. It is powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine that is good for 110 PS and 129 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm.
The Breeze has an all-new interior design language. The company says that it is “crisp and expensive” in appearance. You be the judge.
The T-Cross Breeze may never see production and may never reach the American shores. The company will judge the critic’s and public’s reaction and proceed as it sees fit. While we wait for the verdict, take a look at the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept from last year.