Volkswagen has released teaser shots of a new crossover concept it plans to unveil at next week’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The concept is believed to preview a subcompact crossover due out in 2018. This subcompact crossover is part of a wave of new high-riding models due from VW over the coming years.
With the second-generation Tiguan growing considerably in size compared to its predecessor, VW sees an opportunity to launch at least two smaller crossovers to capitalize on the strong demand for high-riding vehicles across the globe.
As the Tiguan is now more of a small crossover than a compact, VW will plug the gap in the compact crossover segment with a new model based on the T-Roc concept from 2014. This compact crossover has been confirmed for sale in the United States and is being developed alongside Audi’s Q2. It should be revealed later this year or in early 2017.
The second of VW’s pint-sized crossovers will be the subcompact being previewed in concept form at the upcoming Geneva show. The concept is thought to be called a T-Cross and judging by these teasers it should have a very rugged look. VW hasn’t mentioned many details, though the automaker states the concept will have an interior almost completely devoid of switches—just like in the recent Budd-e electric van concept.
The production model it will eventually spawn will share much in common with the next-generation VW Polo hatch. It’s possible the subcompact crossover will also have an Audi twin called a Q1.
We’ll have all the details soon as the Geneva Motor Show starts March 1. In the meantime, learn about some of the other vehicles appearing at the show by visiting our dedicated hub.