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If its size isn’t apparent in pictures, perhaps the roof rails might be a clue: this is Volkswagen’s upcoming B-segment SUV, based on the next-generation Polo which will join its Golf sibling in being built upon the MQB platform. The MQB Polo will be larger than before, and this SUV variant is expected to debut soon after the regular model’s reveal.

The current model as well as the Skoda Fabia are built on older architecture, which will make the next Polo the smallest model yet to utilise the MQB platform and its benefits. Said to be codenamed A0, the new Polo range will see revised versions of the brand’s 1.0 litre, three-cylinder engine, as well as a range of 1.5 litre petrol and diesel powerplants in a departure from the 1.4 litre petrol and 1.6 litre diesel units from before.

Transmission-wise, the usual lineup of manual transmission or DSG (dual-clutch automatic transmission) can be expected to feature in the upcoming Polo, while the Polo SUV is likely to offer the option of all-wheel-drive – a possibility permitted by the MQB platform.

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Also taking advantage of the MQB’s flexibility is the possibility of a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, which could possibly see service in the larger SUV variant as it would be better positioned to justify a higher price tag. As a B-segment SUV, the upcoming Polo SUV will head straight into a market segment currently populated by the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and the Mazda CX-3.

While the MQB Polo will be larger overall compared to the current model, it can be expected to retain its relatively compact overhangs; having said that, the SUV test mule here is seen with considerably more rear overhang whilst retaining the same wheelbase as its standard hatchback sibling, which should help improve interior space, particularly in the luggage compartment.

The upcoming, MQB-platform Polo and its SUV variant seen here is expected to debut in 2018, which could mean the arrival of run-out variants of the current-generation Polo.