T-Cross Breeze, a 2016 Geneva show concert, hinted at the new model.

Volkswagen is signalling clear intentions to widen its crossover line-up with the unveiling of the T-Cross Breeze.

Revealed at the Geneva show, the T-Cross Breeze is said to be a teaser for a production model which would become the smallest of a widened VW SUV range.

According to an official statement future VW plans include adding three new model lines to the current Tiguan and Touareg SUVs.

While presenting the concept at the first open-top SUV in its segment, Volkswagen is not stating at present whether any future production model would include a cabriolet in its range, potentially rivalling Range Rover’s Evoque Convertible.

“At the moment the T-Cross Breeze is purely a concept, but we can well imagine putting such a convertible on the market as a production model – an affordable fun car that is also entirely suitable for everyday use, a genuine ‘People’s Car’.”

The concept is supermini-sized, sharing the MQB platform of the Polo and powered by the 109bhp 1-litre TSI turbo direct injection petrol engine.

The car’s styling represents what VW head of design Klaus Bischoff describes as “a radical reorientation for the design of compact Volkswagen cars”, and at Geneva the brand is very much presenting a theme of new starts and renewals as it seeks to draw a line under the emissions scandal that has dominated headlines in the last six months.

Volkswagen says it will offer SUVs in every relevant segment in future. The product offensive will begin with the European market launch of the new Tiguan in May and will include an extended wheelbase version.

A new mid-sized SUV will launch in the USA and China, while also coming are two more models below the Touareg – a Golf-sized car based on the T-Roc first shown at Geneva in 2014, and the production version of the T-Cross.

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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