2018 VW T-Cross Breeze Guns For Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka

A new small Volkswagen SUV will be launched by the end of 2018. The new model will sit on the Polo platform and take its inspiration from the T-Cross Breeze first revealed at the Geneva motor show last March.

Unlike the open-topped VW concept, though, the 4133mm-long production version of the T-Cross Breeze receives a fixed roof and a five-door layout. This will put it in direct competition with the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka.

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VW’s new SUV will seat up to five adults and be built alongside the new Polo at the company’s Pamplona factory in Spain.

Engines for VW’s entry- level SUV will mirror those of the new Polo, with three- cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel units ranging from 74bhp to more than 200bhp. Also under development at VW’s Braunschweig engineering headquarters in Germany is a new petrol- electric hybrid drivetrain that will be introduced to a number of models, including the production T-Cross Breeze.

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It will serve as an alternative to VW’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.

Initially, the new mild hybrid will use a 15kW electric motor mounted within the front of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

It will provide an electric range of around two miles and a performance-boosting function under acceleration.

At a later date, VW will double the output of the electric motor for an increase in zero-emissions range and greater performance.

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