The vital new Volkswagen small SUV rival for top-selling models such as the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V has again been spied undergoing development testing in disguise.
It will also potentially share key components with the new Audi Q2, a car that this camouflaged test model clearly bears some stylistic resemblance to. Expect also to see elements of the 2016 T-Cross Breeze concept and 2014 T-Roc concept in the final design.
The compact Volkswagen SUV is likely to be offered with the choice of front- and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive matched to a range of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines.
Pictured: Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept
Expect the production version of the new Volkswagen small SUV to premiere globally in 2017 or potentially 2018. The German company is understood to have fast-tracked crossover development to fill its meagre range.
As we reported this week, Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it will launch five new SUVs before the end of 2018, with the new baby SUV to kick off the line-up below the Tiguan, a new seven-seater, the next-generation Touareg, and something else - potentially a sporty crossover 'coupe' of sorts.
Pictured: Audi Q2
“We don’t have the depth and the range that we need in SUVs,” acknowledged Volkswagen Australia managing director Michael Bartsch this week.
Small SUV sales are not booming quite as much this year in Australia as they did in 2014/15, but they're still up 6 per cent this year, and the 66,652 annual sales so far give them about 10 per cent market share. The top-sellers are the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Qashqai and Subaru XV.