Volkswagen is teasing the first images of its new subcompact crossover, set to debut next month, that is based on a South American vehicle. It will be assembled in Mexico and slot both in price and size below the popular Tiguan.
The name of the vehicle has not yet been officially revealed, though it is expected to start with a T and be more familiar to American ears than the names of some of VW's previous crossovers.
It is based on the Volkswagen Tarek, a subcompact crossover planned for South American markets, VW executives have said. The development lineage, along with planned production in Mexico, will allow the brand to keep costs down, VW executives say.
"We're excited to share the first glimpse of the newest member of the Volkswagen family," Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen of America, said in a statement. "Great things come in small packages, as Volkswagen has proven throughout the years with its iconic Beetle, Golf and Jetta. This next car will be no exception."
Volkswagen said it will unveil the new subcompact crossover online on Oct. 13.