Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze could enter into production by the end of 2017 or early 2018, so we expect it to come to India sometime in the first half of 2018.
The Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze production model will be based on VW Group's MQB-A0 modular platform that will also underpin the 2017 Polo.
The German automaker, Volkswagen is planning to launch a slew of SUVs internationally as well as in the Indian market. The company is working on all-new new compact based on Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept, which will be based on the next generation Polo hatchback. It will be built on VW Group’s MQB-Ao platform that will also underpin several upcoming cars. As a reminder, the German automaker had showcased the Up! platform based sub-compact SUV concept – Taigun – for growing markets at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014. However, VW scrapped this SUV due to high development cost. Also Read: Volkswagen Ameo – All Details in 9 Quick Points
CARPLACE reader Kelber Pinho da Silva has released a couple of renderings of the SUV. The renderings shares design cues from the latest VW Tiguan. This SUV was previewed as the T-Cross Breeze at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It is likely to be launched in 2018, while official debut could take place by the end of 2017 or early 2018. The company is planning to localise production of the Polo-based compact SUV in India. The name, Volkswagen T-Cross, might not be a new one for the avid auto world fans, as it sounds quite similar to the one used by German auto major for another concept model which was little smaller than the Tiguan.
The German automaker is also working on the Golf based SUV, which will be influenced from the T-ROC concept. The new renderings reveal the possible design of the production-spec model. Going by the pictures, it is visible that the SUV will get a full-width grille and wider wheel arches. Read: New Volkswagen Polo GTI Launching Soon; To Rival Fiat Abarth Punto
Though there is no clarity about its launch timeline, we expect the Volkswagen T Cross Breeze to enter into production sometime by the end of 2017 and 2018. And its India launch is likely to happen in the first half of 2018.
|Base||Rs 12 lakh|
|Top||Rs 16 lakh|
The new T-Cross based SUV will rival against the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Toyota CHR. We expect this SUV will be priced in the range of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh.
|Petrol Engine||1.0-litre TSI|
|Max Power||108.4bhp (110PS)|
|Gearbox||7-speed dual clutch|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||10.3 seconds|
|Diesel Engine||1.5-litre TDI|
For the European market, there will be a range of petrol engines that might include – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder and 2.0-litre turbo from the GTI. On the other hand, the India-spec model is likely to come in both petrol and diesel fuel options. Power for the VW T-Cross Brezze petrol comes from a 1.0-litre TSI engine coupled to a 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox. This powertrain delivers a claimed power of 108.4bhp (110PS) and 175Nm of torque. It can accelerate 0-100kmph in 10.3 seconds.
With carbon emission (CO2) values of 115g/km, the convertible can hit a top speed of 188kmph. The diesel powertrain will be a 1.5-litre TDI that’s good for 88.7bhp and 230Nm. Both these engines also do duty in the existing Polo hatchback. Also Read: 2016 Volkswagen Polo – All You Need to Know
The company claims that the Volkswagen T Cross will return a mileage around 20kmpl, though this could be different in real life conditions.
Dimensionally, the new Polo based compact SUV is 4,133mm long, 1,798mm wide and 1,563mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,565mm. It comes with a boot space of 300-litres. Keeping Indian roads in mind, we expect this SUV to have a ground clearance of around 180-200mm.
Large LED rings around the fog lights with
Active Info Display (new-gen digital instrument)
New configurable Head Unit
Next-gen human machine interface (HMI)
BeatsAudio sound system
As for the Volkswagen T-Roc Breeze concept, it is yet to be known that the SUV will have a drop top mini-SUV version with it or just the regular ones. However, it is pretty clear that buyers are excited to have one such car. It is one of the major reasons why Volkswagen introduced this concept model at the Geneva Motor Show. The Volkswagen T-Cross Brezze’s exterior styling could be an inspiration for the new-generation 2017 Volkswagen Polo hatchback. The door mirrors of the crossover are full-sized that further seals its retail model plans.The T-Cross Brezze also features LED headlamps, fog lights with large LED rings, and LED taillights. The showcased concept was painted in the ‘Summer Green Metallic’ colour.
The interior of the car suggests a very hypothetical designing line with a huge floating media system that can be connected with the rider’s infotainment system. The center console has been designed keeping future needs in view. The door handles, too, have been designed in an intricate manner with large sized door pockets. There is a new-generation digital instrument – Active Info Display – along with a new configurable Head Unit, the next-generation human-machine interface (HMI) with no control switches and BeatsAudio sound system.