A new small Volkswagen SUV will be launched by the end of 2018.
Unlike the open-topped VW concept, though, the 4133mm-long production version of the T-Cross Breeze receives a fixed roof and a five-door layout.
VW’s new SUV will seat up to five adults and be built alongside the new Polo at the company’s Pamplona factory in Spain.
Engines for VW’s entry-level SUV will mirror those of the new Polo, with three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel units ranging from 74bhp to more than 200bhp.
Also under development at VW’s Braunschweig engineering headquarters in Germany is a new petrolelectric hybrid drivetrain that will be introduced to a number of models, including the production T-Cross Breeze. It will serve as an alternative to VW’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.
Initially, the new mild hybrid will use a 15kW electric motor mounted within the front of a seven-speed dualclutch gearbox.
It will provide an electric range of around two miles and a performance-boosting function under acceleration.
At a later date, VW will double the output of the electric motor for an increase in zero-emissions range and greater performance.