New small VW SUV teased before October reveal

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
September 08, 2020

VW has teased an image of a new small SUV that’s set to sit between the VW Tiguan and VW T-Roc in the brand’s range. Here’s everything we know so far…

  • Full-width DRLs
  • SUV styling teased
  • Could be a US-only model
  • Wide range of engines possible
  • Will be revealed 13th October

A new VW SUV will be revealed on 13th October 2020 as a smaller alternative to the Tiguan and a more practical choice than the VW Golf-based T-Roc SUV.

A little bit of photoshop trickery reveals more detail of the new car’s headlights.

This new car has been teased in a single official image. The picture shows a car with a similar set of daytime running lights (DRLs) to the recently revised VW Arteon with a few distinct creases visible on the car’s bonnet.

The mystery SUV appears to have similar DRLs to the Arteon, shown here.

The new model’s roof is raised above that of the Arteon, however, and the windscreen appears steeper and more square – as you’d expect of a small SUV. The same goes for the two roof rails that are just visible in the teaser image.

Besides the large Touareg, all of Volkswagen’s SUVs, from the T-Cross to the Tiguan, are built using a variation of the same underpinnings – called a platform. The new SUV is expected to use the same foundations, which would allow VW to fit it with a range of petrol, diesel and mild-hybrid engines. Front- and four-wheel drive configurations would also be possible.

There’s a chance, albeit slim, that the new SUV could be offered in sporty ‘R’ guise using a powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and four-wheel drive – just like in the T-Roc R. No details about what engines will power the new SUV have been announced.

New small VW SUV price, specs and release date

VW has confirmed that the new SUV will be revealed on 13th October 2020. The press release announcing this new model is addressed in VW’s United States headquarters in Herndon, VA. This could mean that the new car is intended for the North American market only, but considering the popularity of SUVs in Europe and the UK, there’s every chance it could go on sale here, too.