The new model will draw on the T-Cross Breeze but have a fixed roof; expected to be launched in 2018
1 March 2017

A new small Volkswagen SUV will be launched by the end of 2018.

The new model will sit on the Polo platform and take its inspiration from the T-Cross Breeze first revealed at the Geneva motor show last March.

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. 

This will put it in direct competition with the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka.

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.

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Polo

The fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo has junior Golf looks, but is that enough?

Join the debate

Comments
3

1 March 2017
The SUV craze shows no signs of slowing.

1 March 2017
Agreed, WallMeerkat, but it's going to be more small SUVs like this one...and Jaguar Land Rover didn't get the memo.

1 March 2017
PR - so much cheaper than actually doing the job... Why does VW not realise that people can see straight through its made-up stories?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK