It was at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show where Volkswagen expressed its intentions regarding a small crossover with the up!-based Taigun concept. While that one failed to reach production because it was simply ‘too short,’ VW is now planning a sub-Tiguan model based on the next-generation Polo which we caught on camera just yesterday in GTI trim. Spy images of the supermini are showing the B-segment model will grow in size, thus making it a good foundation for an entry-level crossover.

Here we have a prototype clad in camouflage to hide what appears to be a production body, and our initial impression is that it will look like a mini Tiguan. Don’t be too surprised if VW’s upcoming pint-sized crossover will also spawn a cabrio version as hinted by the T-Cross Breeze concept unveiled several months ago.

Wolfsburg’s smallest crossover will ride on the flexible MQB platform and will use an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines, all of which are going to be turbocharged. It will be interesting to see whether VW is going to sell the Polo-based SUV with an optional all-wheel-drive layout, or it will stick with a FWD-only setup. Reports coming from U.K. are indicating the German automaker has plans to sell the high-riding model with the grippy 4MOTION setup, but it’s better to wait for an official confirmation.

The all-new Polo is set to arrive sometime next year and it will likely be followed a few months later by its crossover counterpart. VAG is preparing a lot of crossovers and SUVs at the moment, as aside from the Polo-based model, it’s also putting the finishing touches on the seven-seat Teramont and the Tiguan LWB which will also be able to carry up to seven. In addition, test drivers have also been spotted with production-bodied prototypes of the next Touareg. On top of that, VW has already promised to introduce a production version of the T-Roc concept which will likely slot between the Polo-based SUV and the Tiguan.

To face the costly Dieselgate, VAG needs more money now than ever. With crossovers and SUVs continuing to be huge cash cows to milk, it makes sense the company is preparing an expansion of its portfolio and a refresh for existing models.

Gallery: VW Polo-based SUV spy photos

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