Littlest VW crossover spotted at the Nordschleife with swirly camouflage

The upcoming Volkswagen T-Cross has been snapped at the Nurburgring during development testing, ahead of an anticipated reveal before the end of the year.

Set to become the German brand's smallest SUV when it arrives on the market, the T-Cross will share much of its running gear with the Polo hatchback.

We can't see a whole lot of the design through the black-and-white camouflage, but it appears the T-Cross will get headlights that integrate into the grille – a look the company is applying to all its SUV models.

It looks like it will be quite compact, looking more like a jacked-up Polo than anything else. The proportions also look to be rather tall and skinny, compared to something like the T-Roc, which appears more wide and low by comparison.

The front lights are halogen units on this tester, though we can see an LED signature peeping through the disguise at the rear. Like the Polo, the T-Cross will probably have LED tail-lights as standard, with LED lighting optional for the headlights.

We can also see contrasting plastic cladding down the side sills, which also should be applied to the bumpers and wheel arches.

We haven't seen any images of the interior, but we're expecting the T-Cross to borrow heavily from the Polo and T-Roc, offering a driver-oriented dashboard with colourful trim options.

The company's new 10.25-inch Active Info Display should be offered as an option, as will Volkswagen's suite of driver assistance systems like adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, Traffic Jam Assist, and an automatic parking assistant.

It's believed the T-Cross will be revealed around the same time as the Paris motor show in October, though Volkswagen has opted out of the event, ahead of a European market launch before the year's end. Volkswagen Australia has already told CarAdvice it expects the T-Cross to arrive in Australia sometime next year.

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