Volkswagen has begun teasing the arrival of the all-new T-Cross, which is set to make its debut later this year. For the European market, the small SUV will join existing models on sale such as the T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.

According to Volkswagen, the T-Cross will be its smallest SUV offering as it measures just 4,107 mm long – the T-Roc is 4,178 mm and the Tiguan is 4,486 mm, by comparison. The T-Cross will ride on the company’s modular MQB platform (also used for the Polo), and will be fitted with a comprehensive range of safety and driver assistance systems.

Design-wise, the provided rear view sketch shows taillights linked by a full-width light bar, a subtle roof spoiler, roof rails, flared wheel arches as well as doors that appear to have exaggerated creases and lines (common with most sketches).

Nonetheless, some of the cues seen here are evident on development units spotted by spy photographers and the 2016 concept that previewed the model. Referring to the video detailing the T-Cross’ design, the SUV will sport square fog light surrounds, a Tiguan-esque grille and trapezoidal headlamps.

Despite its size, Volkswagen says the SUV will offer a spacious space inside with flexibility – the back seat can be adjusted lengthwise for more knee room or luggage. Expect the T-Cross to be sold with a range of petrol and diesel engines, with customers being able to choose between a manual or automatic transmission – front-wheel drive is the only drivetrain available.

GALLERY: Volkswagen T-Cross spyshots