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by Tim Beissmann

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf will spawn a compact SUV model that will sit beneath the larger, second-generation Tiguan, according to a UK report.

Car Magazine claims Volkswagen’s engineers are hard at work on the new crossover model, which it says will be distinct from the Golf Alltrack wagon (pictured), and different to the CrossGolf, which was a rugged-looking version of the Golf Mk5-based Golf Plus.

The Golf SUV will reportedly follow the lead of the Subaru XV and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class in retaining the shape familiar of its five-door hatchback base car while boasting a higher ride height, tougher styling, and a host of off-road-inspired features and technologies.

Car says among those will be Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, adjustable shock absorbers, off-road driving mode, hill descent control, larger wheels with all-season tyres, underbody protection, roof rails, a bigger fuel tank, and satellite navigation with off-road memory.

A low-range transfer case and mechanical differential locks won’t be available, however.

The report suggests the Golf SUV will “almost certainly” be available in two wheelbase lengths: a standard size for Europe due in 2018, followed by a longer version in 2019 for China and the US.

It will share its turbocharged petrol and diesel engines and potentially a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with the new Golf Mk8, which is also expected to arrive in 2018.

The Golf SUV is set to sit beneath a new three-pronged Tiguan line-up that is said to include a regular five-seat model, a larger seven-seat variant, and a styled-focused coupe-inspired body style.