A digital artist has released a fresh set of renderings giving us an idea what the next-generation Volkswagen Saveiro half-tonne bakkie could look like.

Brazilian designer Jonathan Machado created the renders for Compara Carros, clearly drawing plenty of styling inspiration from the new Nivus crossover. He’s put together both a double-cab model (wearing the "Cross" moniker) and a single-cab workhorse (with the “Robust” nameplate).

The new Saveiro was scheduled to hit South American markets at some point in 2020, although the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely see its launch pushed back. It will go up against the new Fiat Strada in markets such as Brazil and Argentina.

From what we understand, the new Saveiro will switch to the VW Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, which would allow it to draw from a wide pool of engine options.

Of course, with South Africa’s half-tonne segment now featuring just a single player in the form of the Nissan NP200, local bakkie fans have been calling on VW to introduce the Saveiro here. However, the little pick-up is currently built in left-hand-drive form only, something that is unlikely to change with this upcoming new generation.

In late 2018, the local arm of the Wolfsburg-based automaker interestingly said it was “not yet convinced” of the half-tonne bakkie’s local viability.

“We have considered the Saveiro for our market [but] our research has not yet convinced us of its local viability. This is in light of all production considerations, price and market placement. However, this may change in future,” the brand said at the time.