Set to head into production as a more traditional five-door fixed roof model, the new 4133mm long SUV is one of three high riding Volkswagen models confirmed for launch within the next two years as the German car maker seeks to diversify its traditional line-up and extend its reach into new market segments
Joining the T-Cross in the expanded line-up of Volkswagen SUVs will be production versions of the earlier 4177mm long T-Roc and 4987mm long CrossBlue concepts. They are planned to complement the recently unveiled second-generation Tiguan and upcoming third-generation Touareg in a five strong range of dedicated SUV models.
Volkswagen calls the T-Cross Breeze a melding of the SUV and convertible worlds. Styled under Volkswagen brand design boss, Klaus Bischoff, it shares a number of key exterior styling elements with the two-year-old T-Roc, including its full-width grille, taut body surfacing, structured flanks and large wheel houses, in a bid to provide the two new SUV models with a common design lineage in much the same way as the existing Polo and Golf hatchbacks exist alongside each other.
Despite the common look, Volkswagen has provided the T-Cross with a number of distinctive styling flourishes, including large LED daytime running lamps mounted within the front bumper as well as more structure flanks with a more distinct swage line than the T-Roc. In a move that hints at a rival to the new Range Rover Evoque cabriolet, the latest concept also features an open top design.
“The T-Cross Breeze reflects the new start of our brand. We want to stir enthusiasm with a design that is equally crisp and expressive. We have pulled out all the stops and put what is surely one of the most exciting 4m SUVs of the modern day on its wheels”, says Bischoff.