Volkswagen has unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the T-Cross Breeze concept, the first compact SUV with an open top. The T-Cross Breeze features dimensions of 4,133 mm (162.7 inches) in length, 1,798 mm (70.8 inches) in width excluding door mirrors, and 1,563 mm (61.5 inches) in height when the soft top is closed.
It also has a long wheelbase of 2,565 mm (101.0 inches) with short body overhangs. Comparatively, the T-Cross Breeze is slightly longer than a CrossPolo and is wider than existing cars in the Polo class. Moreover, passengers in the T-Cross Breeze also sit higher up.
Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, remarked that the T-Cross Breeze serves a preview for the most compact SUV that the carmaker is planning to build. He added that the T-Cross Breeze will serve as the “nucleus” of a new SUV and convertible design in the compact sector.
Herbert Diess, the Chairman of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand, quipped that the T-Cross Breeze is both the first open-top compact SUV and an affordable cabriolet with a raised seating position.
Diess noted that for now, the T-Cross Breeze is purely a concept, but there is a possibility that VW would launch it as a production model. He also described the T-Cross Breeze as ‘People’s Car’ that is affordable and suitable for everyday use.