The German automaker is officially announcing the arrival of an all new concept for an upcoming small sport utility vehicle in time for a scheduled debut during next week’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
We’re being treated for now to the front end of the car which shows us this is pre-production ready preview. We’re being treated here to a pair of stylish LED headlights and newly envisioned LED daytime running lights. There’s also an adventurous yellow body paint that will contrast with the black plastic cladding on the lower portion of the bumper and wheel arches. For even more style and substance we get front aluminum underbody protection – though the interesting two-tone alloy wheels shows the designers had a younger audience in mind. No pictures with the interior have been released yet, but Volkswagen describes the cabin as being related to the BUDD-e concept. This signals a lack of physical buttons and knobs with a minimalist and stylish layout – functionality kept intact by the use of touchscreen controls.
The concept is a preview of a “trendy, affordable SUV” production model that will be included in the company’s strategy for an upcoming crossover/SUV offensive. The name of the prototype has been kept in the dark for now, but rumors previously pointed out towards “T-Cross.” Further reports are pointing to a MQB-derived architecture that may also serve as the basis for the upcoming next generation Polo. The production model SUV should come to the party in 2018 and take its place in the lineup beneath the Tiguan.