What to Expect From the New Volkswagen SUV Model Series
With the reveal of the T-Cross Breeze concept, which we previewed just a little while back, it has been confirmed that Volkswagen will be adding three new SUV models to its current SUV lineup currently consisting of the Tiguan and Touareg. So, to learn more about VW’s new concept, as well was what to expect from the new Volkswagen SUV model series, read on.
Details on New Polo-Sized Volkswagen SUV
Let’s start with the T-Cross Breeze, which surprised many by coming without a convertible roof. According to Volkswagen, this small SUV is sized into the Polo range. For drivers in America who don’t have the opportunity to see this overseas-only model, it is essentially a smaller Golf, fitting into the subcompact car category.
Though we can’t say for sure what aspects of the T-Cross Breeze would make it into a production model, the concept does preview what should be a similarly sized production vehicle. The drivetrain fits what we would expect from production-like specs as well, with a 1.0-liter engine producing 109 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque paired to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The model is also extremely lightweight, coming in at 2,756 lbs, while managing up to 47 mpg. These are exactly the type of specs we would expect from a Polo-based SUV model.
[Read more: Learn what to expect from the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan]
Volkswagen T-Roc SUV Production Model Details
A size up from whatever production model comes out of the T-Cross Breeze will be a larger production model similar to the T-Roc concept, sized into the Golf class. For those who don’t remember, the T-Roc was another small SUV concept model that debuted back in 2014.
Like the T-Cross Breeze, the T-Roc was an open-top concept. Instead of having a retractable roof, however, the T-Roc roof was actually fully removable. It had two halves that could be taken off and stowed away. Also like the T-Cross, it has different driving modes that can help it drive over more difficult terrain. Further details for a production version are tough to come by, though some rumors have suggested we may see a production version of the T-Roc on sale in 2017.
Volkswagen CrossBlue SUV Production Model Details
Another production model confirmed by Volkswagen will be bigger than the previous two that we’ve mentioned and is based on the CrossBlue concept. This concept debuted all the way back in 2013 at the North American International Auto Show, which is fitting as the new production model will be produced in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Again, official details on this model are limited, but Volkswagen has said production is expected to begin close to the end of 2016. If the CrossBlue concept is anything to go by, the new midsize SUV should be able to seat about six (though likely 7) and may even come in plug-in hybrid form.
Unfortunately, we can’t share all of the details and rumors for what to expect from the new Volkswagen SUV model series, but you’ll want to be sure to return to the Findlay Volkswagen blog so that we can keep you updated as soon as more info becomes available.