Volkswagen Spotted Testing New Polo-Based Crossover

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Volkswagen is preparing to launch a tiny new crossover. But you don't have to take our word for it: just look at these latest spy shots.

Spotted testing at an apparently early stage of development, the new VW crossover is expected to be based on the next-generation Polo and slot in underneath the Golf-based Tiguan. Though heavily disguised, there's no masking telltale signs of its more versatile approach like its roof rails, taller form, and higher ride height.

The German automaker gave us a sneak peek at what it had in store when it unveiled the T-Cross Breeze concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. But the production version is slated to sport a fixed roof and four doors instead of the two-door convertible bodystyle of the concept.

The new crossover would likely have to at least offer the option of all-wheel drive, which tells us that whatever platform underpins this and the next-generation Polo will have to be engineered to accommodate the extra propshaft. When Audi spun its A1 hatchback off the current Polo, the lack of such capacity proved an obstacle, albeit not an insurmountable one.

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