Volkswagen is taking a page from Land Rover’s book with a new small crossover convertible concept that’s a dead ringer for the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Called the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze, this droptop crossover gives us an early look at a forthcoming subcompact SUV that Volkswagen plans to introduce to sit below the Tiguan.
While last year’s Volkswagen T-Roc concept was meant to give an idea of what a Golf-based small SUV would look like, this T-Cross is based on the even smaller subcompact Volkswagen Polo that’s not sold in the U.S. The T-Cross Breeze does use similar design language to the T-Roc, though, with a relatively squared-off look that incorporates a two-bar grille shape, grey lower body cladding, and a strong character line that runs along the side.
To go along with its small size—the T-Cross Breeze is 7 inches shorter than a Honda HR-V—this concept is powered by a diminutive, 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The engine’s 108 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque are routed through the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and Volkswagen claims fuel economy numbers around 47 mpg.
Of course, the most novel element of the T-Cross Breeze concept is its lack of a roof. The power-operated softtop covers a four-passenger cabin that incorporates an infotainment system with gesture controls. Lest you think that the convertible bodystyle is just a styling exercise, though, Volkswagen Chairman of the Board Herbert Diess says in a statement that, “we can well imagine putting such a convertible on the market as a production model.”
In fact, Volkswagen has confirmed production versions of the T-Roc and T-Cross concepts, both of which will eventually slot in below the Tiguan. We don’t yet have a concrete timeline on when these new models will arrive, though, and we’ve been left twiddling our thumbs as Volkswagen introduces countless crossover concepts without any new production models in the U.S.
Keep an eye out for more news from Volkswagen on the crossover front, and check out photos of the droptop T-Cross Breeze in the meantime.