News of the baby SUV comes in the same week as VW unveils its CrossBlue Coupe concept (pictured) at the Shanghai motor show. The hybrid SUV is much bigger than Hackenberg is talking about but the maker says it previews the new look for all of its coming crossovers.
He is not talking specifics but says the new baby is already in the pipeline behind the replacement for the current Tiguan, with both built up from the MQB mechanical platform already used for the new Golf.
‘‘ The Tiguan successor is in 2016. We are also thinking about a smaller SUV but that will take some time,’’ Hackenberg says.
He talks passionately about the potential for the MQB package, which is intended to underpin a wide range of front and all-wheel drive models from the new Golf down to the next Polo and up to the replacement for the Passat.
‘‘ Actually, the MQB is going down to (city car size) and the next version will be like the Passat and the Tiguan. Then next will be the Polo and in between there is some space for other cars, for example, the smaller SUV,’’ he says.
He confirms a renewal of the Golf Cabriolet under the MQB plan but says the open-air Eos will continue much as today.
‘‘ We are quite happy with the Golf Cabrio and that will stay for some time.’’
But a compact VW sports car, which could have been twinned with a smaller Porsche below the Cayman and Boxster, is stillborn. Hackenberg says a global decline in sports car sales means it is not going ahead — for now. This reporter is on Twitter