With Volkswagen trying to save cash after Dieselgate, what the hell is it doing building such a niche car?
If you don’t remember the name "T-Cross Breeze," don’t worry because you’re only forgetting one of the 2016 Geneva Auto Show’s more head scratching automotive introductions. Brought to the Swiss show by Volkswagen, the T-Cross Breeze is a two-door convertible CUV that’s intended to fill the same shoes that the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and the Range Rover Evoque Convertible fit in. After Dieselgate, nobody expected Volkswagen to find room in its budget to build it, but Motor.ES seems to have found evidence suggesting otherwise.
Apparently, the images uncovered by the Spanish-language auto site are directly from the pages of Volkswagen’s patent application and nearly mirror the concept T-Cross Breeze down to a tee. If it hits the market retaining the bones of a Volkswagen Polo as is expected, it will be a small convertible car meant for fun lovers and attention seekers. The only problem is, much like the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, we can’t imagine the T-Cross Breeze having a very large audience. It’s too small to be practical, has two doors, and even if it does offer some semblance of off-road capability, we can’t imagine it would be too popular in that segment.
Of course, we’re just being logic-based naysayers and if Volkswagen can prove us wrong, then more power to it. What seems like another more likely alternative is that the T-Cross Breeze is only one variant of a Polo-based SUV that will hit the market and help Volkswagen grow its expanding SUV lineup. Spy photos of that car were only uncovered last month, and with a debut expected in late 2017 or early 2018, the idea that a Cross T-Breeze fun car following in the more practical SUV’s footsteps isn’t out of the question. If it makes it to the US, and it probably will given that its largest buyer demographic will be teenagers from Beverly Hills celebrating a sweet sixteen, we will likely see small gasoline engines as well as FWD and AWD options.