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A speculative rendering of the next-generation Volkswagen Polo hatch’s anticipated SUV companion has surfaced online, ahead of a possible 2018 launch.

Volkswagen has toyed with the idea of a sub-Tiguan SUV concept for some time now, unveiling the T-Roc, T-Cross Breeze and Taigun concepts in recent years.

This latest rendering, produced by Dutch blogger Remco Meulendijk, combines design elements from all of these concepts and gives us a glimpse of how the new compact SUV may look when it goes into production.

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The artwork shows a compact SUV clearly inspired by the recent T-Cross Breeze concept, along with the recently unveiled 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Meulendijk’s design outlines practical proportions with a tall glasshouse, but we may yet see a more tapered Mazda CX-3-like roofline appear on the final model for a more sporting look.

The baby SUV will finally give Volkswagen an entrant into the small-SUV segment to take on sales leaders like the Mazda CX-3, Honda HRV and Mitsubishi ASX.

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Above: 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

At last year’s Frankfurt motor show, Volkswagen powertrain boss Heinz-Jacob Neusser told CarAdvice that we can expect to see more than one SUV added to the smaller end of the brand’s line-up.

“Actually, we have the new Tiguan for the A+ segment, we will have the T-Roc for the A- segment – that means, the segment of the Golf – then we will have the T-Cross, the segment of the Polo,” Neusser said, before going on to explain that all these new-generation SUVs will be built off the brand’s modular architecture, MQB.

If the T-Roc and Audi Q2 are anything to go by, the sub-Tiguan SUV will be aimed at younger buyers, combining the all-rounder image of an SUV with a more sporty and urban focus.

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Above: Audi Q2

The compact Volkswagen SUV is likely to be offered with the choice of front- and 4motion all-wheel-drive mated to a range of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.

Volkswagen is understood to have trademarked a number of potential names for its new small SUVs, including Teracor, Tribue, Taigun and Terasun, continuing the brand’s fashion of T-named SUVs and concept SUVs.

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