Volkswagen has released the first teaser image of its new baby crossover, dubbed the T-Cross. Of course, back in April 2018, VW SA told us that this new model was “destined for South Africa”, although “exact timing is not yet defined”.

Described by the Wolfsburg-based automaker as “a new form of SUV” from the brand, the T-Cross will run on the MQB platform and be positioned below the T-Roc (which VW SA says is not coming to local shores), Tiguan and Touareg.

Having made its debut in 2016 in concept form, VW says the new model is now “making its way in the direction of actual production”, with a world première scheduled for later in 2018.

VW confirmed that the new model would measure 4 107 mm long, and be offered exclusively in front-wheel-drive form. The manufacturer also revealed that the baby crossover's rear bench would have the ability to slide fore and aft, for more knee room or more luggage space, depending on requirements.

The firm furthermore claimed that the new T-Cross would enter the market as “one of the safest vehicles of its class, guaranteed through excellent crash properties and a large spectrum of assistance systems”.

Watch the video below to see more sketches of the new model...