Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volkswagen | posted March 01, 2016 10:40
Volkswagen blends cabrio looks and digital tech in T-Cross Breeze Concept
After releasing several teaser images of the new crossover concept last week, Volkswagen officially revealed the T-Cross Breeze at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.
The new concept marks Volkswagen's entry into the subcompact crossover with the production model to be similar in size with the Polo. Moreover, like the concept, it will also be available with the retractable roof.
Beginning with its exterior, the concept takes styling cues from the new-generation Tiguan. The front fascia gets the dual headlight design along with a two-bar black grill. Rounding it all off are square daytime running lights (DRLs) and LED foglights.
Over to its side, it gets flared wheel arches, defined character lines that run from the doors towards the rear quarter panel and 19-inch alloy wheels. The rear taillights feature LED illumination while the folding roof is finished in black fabric. The rear foglights, on the other hand, are similar in shape to the front DRLs.
Size-wise, the crossover finished in Summer Green Metallic measures 4,133mm long, 1,798mm wide, 1,563mm tall (with the roof up) along with a 2,565mm wheelbase.
As previously stated, its interior is devoid of traditional buttons and switches. Instead, it has touchscreen displays and digital monitors. It gets a multifunction steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system. Shades of green, white, black and gray make up the cabin theme of the T-Cross Breeze and it has a 2+2 seating layout.
Powering the T-Cross Breeze is a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-three that puts out 110 PS and 175 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 188 km/h.
In terms of fuel consumption, Volkswagen claimed it has an average intake of 20 km/l and is capable of traveling up to 800 km thanks to a 40-liter tank.