Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Features and Release Date
Taking center stage at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze just made its global debut. It’s the first open-top SUV in its class, while at the same time offers an affordable and unique convertible design with a raised seating position, giving driver and passengers a perfect view. Read more to learn about its features and release date.
While the T-Cross Breezes possesses the unmistakable design DNA of Volkswagen models, it offers a charismatic and unique style that clearly sets it apart from the VW lineup. On the front end, its characterized by a remarkably wide radiator grille and narrow headlights. The distinctive LED daytime running light signature, combined with delicate arcs of light under the LED headlights and large LED rings around the foglights, underline the independent design of this small SUV. The T-Cross Breeze is painted a warm shade of green called “Summer Green Metallic,” with the wheelarch extensions, radiator grille and the lower sections of the side panels and the bumpers finished in a cool, contrasting dark plastic.
Under the hood of the T-Cross Breeze is a highly efficient 1.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine that has a stop-start system and recuperation mode. The 81 kW/110 PS engine makes 129 lb-ft of torque from just 1,500 rpm, sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 10.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 117 mph. The SUV convertible delivers an incredible fuel economy of 47 mpg and a range of 497 miles.
The T-Cross Breeze features some of the innovative technological features that were first seen in Volkswagen BUDD-e concept van, which debuted at CES in Las Vegas in January. With the BUDD-e and T-Cross Breeze, Volkswagen has created a new spatial experience and completed redesigned the driver’s cockpit. Their designers and engineers have made use of a next-generation human-machine interface (HMI) and developed an entirely new control interface that, one day, will completely do away with buttons and switches. With the exception of the control stalk, the power window switches and the buttons for opening and closing the soft top, all of the controls in the T-Cross Breeze are touch-sensitive surfaces or executed as completely new “by-wire” solutions.
The T-Cross Breeze is just a concept vehicle for now, and there’s no official word from Volkswagen if and when a production model will released. However, while waiting to get behind the wheel of the T-Cross Breeze, Volkswagen enthusiasts can expect many of the new technological features in the T-Cross Breeze to be featured in upcoming Volkswagen models. Be sure to follow us on the Capistrano Volkswagen Blog for additional information on the T-Cross Breeze and other Volkswagen concept vehicles.