Development of the Volkswagen Polo-based SUV continues apace. Still images of prototypes have already been seen, but one has now been caught on film, testing on the road in Germany. The prototype is heavily camouflaged, but appears to wear a near-production specification body. You can see an artist’s impression of the car below.

The as-yet-unnamed crossover is predicted to have styling broadly similar to that of the bigger Tiguan. Here it shares the bigger car’s broad stance and tightly-surfaced flanks. The swage line that emanates from the trailing edge of the front fender and runs back to the rear light cluster is lifted directly from the Tiguan, as well.

Yet the hexagonal grille, flanked by fashionably high-set headlights, and the steeply raked rear window lend the car a sportier look than its upright sibling. It looks chunky - if not exactly funky - which should appeal to the urbanites who typically buy this sort of car.

The video doesn’t tell us much about the car’s dynamic performance - we see it tackle a single corner at moderate speed which elicits slight protest from the front tires, but I suspect that has more to do the obviously high temperatures than any shortcomings in the chassis.

That chassis is yet another variation of VW Group’s MQB platform, which will also be used by the next-generation Polo city car that sits alongside the crossover in the Volkswagen range. Small-capacity three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all turbocharged, are expected to feature in power outputs ranging between about 90 and 125 horsepower (67 and 93 kilowatts).

There have been suggestions some models will be available with 4MOTION four-wheel-drive; if true, it will likely only be an option on the more powerful models.

As SUV sales spike around the world, Volkswagen is rapidly expanding its range of offerings, which until now has only included the mid-size Tiguan and full-size Touareg. As well as the Polo SUV - which may also come as a convertible - it is readying the seven-seat Teramont and the LWB Tiguan. The next-generation Touareg is also due in a year or two, and another model that slots in between the Tiguan and Polo-based car could also be on the cards.

The next-generation Volkswagen Polo is expected to debut next year, and the crossover is likely to follow a few months later.

Gallery: Volkswagen Polo SUV rendering

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