Volkswagen is continuing its expansion of its crossover lineup with the T-Cross, and the most recent spyshots show that development is progressing at a fair clip with what looks like a fairly polished prototype. The car is part of Wolfsburg’s one-two punch at the entry point of the SUV segment, with the new T-Roc already catering to those also shopping for a Honda HR-V or a Toyota C-HR.

This, then, is a very small crossover that will count the bijou Ford EcoSport and Renault Captur among its rivals. It certainly looks it, with a compact body that makes the T-Cross akin to a jacked-up Polo – which, of course, it sort of is. The front and rear ends are obscured by camouflage, but the typical Volkswagen broad grille and trapezoidal headlights – previewed by the T-Cross Breeze concept – is just about visible.

Like all front-biased Volkswagen models from the Polo upwards, the T-Cross rides on the modular MQB platform and feature most of the engines found elsewhere in the stable, including a 1.0 litre petrol three-cylinder in either turbocharged TSI and naturally-aspirated MPI versions as well as a 1.5 litre TSI four-pot and a 1.6 litre TDI turbodiesel.

The T-Cross is only one of at least 20 new SUVs Volkswagen plans to offer in its lineup by 2020, including, amusingly, a T-Roc cabriolet. By then, it is expected that 40% of all vehicles sold by Volkswagen are to be made up of SUVs.