The Volkswagen Group's small car platform forms the base for the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza, all of which are currently only available in front-wheel drive. The next generation of the platform will get an AWD option, although not all VW Group cars will employ AWD in their cars.

Seat's Ibiza won't get AWD, for example, though it will be the first car to use the platform. VW's Polo will get the AWD treatment, in the form of the Cross variant (pictured). Audi's next-generation A1 could also get the new drivetrain option, reports Automotive News Europe.

Such a move would make sense with Audi's history of quattro all-wheel drive. There seems to be no concern that the small-car platform's AWD system will meet Audi's exacting specifications for its quattro-branded models.

The new platform, called PQ25, will also continue to offer the option for standard FWD variants of all of the cars built on it as well.