FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen has shown a camouflaged version of the next model in its ID range of battery-powered cars -- a compact crossover.
The crossover will be revealed in the first quarter of next year ahead of the Geneva auto show in March, VW head of sales and marketing, Juergen Stackmann, said on the sidelines of the Frankfurt auto show.
The model was teased in a video during the show reveal of the ID3 compact hatchback, which goes on sale next spring.
VW displayed the crossover in a special box on its stand. It was disguised by smoke, lights and a camouflaged wrap. The display showed a taller car than the ID3 with a longer roofline that falls toward the rear of the car to almost meet the rounded rear wheel arches.
The crossover will be sold in the U.S., China and Europe, while the ID3 is targeted at Europe. This makes the ID Crozz a much more global car than the ID3, said VW head of design Klaus Bischoff.
"The wish for more room is a global trend," he told Automotive News Europe.
The car will have a "different personality" from the ID3, Bischoff said, but will retain the hatchback's slippery lines.
"EVs have to be very aerodynamic because the energy content of the battery is the most valuable thing," he said. "But it will be little more adventurous, rougher and tougher than the ID3."
The crossover is based on the Crozz concept that was first shown at the 2017 Shanghai auto show and updated for the Frankfurt auto show later that year.
It will be built on the same MEB electric platform as the ID3. It will be the first of three SUVs from VW on the platform that will include a compact coupe SUV, and a bigger model, previewed by the Roomzz concept at the 2019 Shanghai show.
The production version of the Roomzz will be a three-row, seven-seat model that will compete against large electric SUVs such as the Tesla Model X when it arrives first in China in 2021. The car is unlikely to be sold in Europe, where its larger size will deter buyers, VW has said.