2018 Volkswagen subcompact SUV spy shots

Another member of Volkswagen’s expanded SUV family has been spotted in prototype form.

The latest tester is for a new subcompact SUV that VW previewed at March’s 2016 Geneva auto show with the T-Cross Breeze concept car (shown below).

Although the concept was in the form of a convertible, the production version it will spawn will feature a conventional, 5-door SUV body.

The subcompact SUV will be closely related with a new generation of the Polo, which we recently spied in sporty GTI guise. It will replace the unloved CrossPolo in VW’s lineup and may eventually have an Audi twin called a Q1.

Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Underpinning the vehicle will be the smallest version of VW’s MQB platform. Both front- and all-wheel-drive versions are expected.

It’s not clear what the subcompact SUV will be called, though a name starting with the letter T is expected. It also isn’t clear whether VW will sell the subcompact SUV in the United States, although there are already some potential rivals here such as the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

A debut is expected in late 2017 or early the following year.

In addition to the subcompact SUV, VW’s expanded high-riding family will include new versions of the Tiguan and Touareg, as well as a 3-row mid-sizer built in the U.S., a compact SUV based on the T-Roc concept and twinned with the Audi Q2, and a full-size SUV based on the T-Prime Concept GTE.

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