Speaking at the automaker’s annual media conference in Wolfsburg, VW’s head of passenger car brands Herbert Diess confirmed an expansion of the firm’s SUV/crossover lineup here in the U.S by the end of the decade to include a subcompact model. Diess said the addition will be an entry level vehicle positioned beneath the Tiguan. While his comments fueled speculation the newcomer would be a U.S. version of Volkswagen’s new T-Roc–shown here in concept form and set to go on sale in Europe later this summer–a call to VW indicated that will not be the case.

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Sources said while the new vehicle will share the same MQB modular platform as the T-Roc and several other current/future VW models, the U.S. version will be somewhat larger. It almost certainly will be a 5-door and marketed here as well as in China, which is now VW’s single largest market. The estimated arrival time for this newcomer is a 2019-2020 and we’re hoping to learn a bit more about this new 5-passenger crossover next month at the New York Auto Show.

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