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The VW T-Cross is a beach-ready cute ute (pictures)

This convertible crossover concept packs a tiny, efficient motor and a forward-thinking interior that might be closer to reality than we think.

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There's more to the T-Cross than just the convertible top.

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In fact, the body (or what's underneath it) is the most important part.

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The T-Cross presages an all-new subcompact utility vehicle that will become VW's smallest ute to date.

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In the future, VW's Tiguan and Touareg will be joined by three other SUV models.

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A 108-horsepower, 1.0-liter gasoline engine powers the T-Cross.

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Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, it'll hit 62 mph in a whopping 10.3 seconds.

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Of course, performance doesn't matter when your car can achieve 47mpg on the Euro cycle.

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Even with its diminutive 10.6-gallon tank, it's still capable of nearly 500 miles between fill-ups.

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Style-wise, it's very Volkswagen.

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The headlights blend right into the grille, and like the Phideon before it, the T-Cross' character line under the beltline is incredibly strong.

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The tail lights have a bit more Audi flair to them.

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The T-Cross' interior follows along with the style set forth by BUDD-e at CES.

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The only physical buttons in the cabin are the control stalks, power window switches and the transmission controls (which are only digitally, not mechanically connected to the transmission).

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The T-Cross packs some wicked cool tech, including a predictive driving profile that ties into the nav system to set up the car for the road ahead.

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Additionally, it'll pull up topographic maps and depict chassis components when it recognizes the driver going off-road.

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Can you see the air vents? They're there -- they're just hidden inside the various dashboard shapes.

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