Volkswagen Brazil has confirmed it will produce a compact SUV based on its new Fox model, a locally developed compact car built on the Polo platform, writes Rogério Louro.

"We will produce the CrossFox next year and expect to start sales in Brazil in July", said VW do Brasil president Paul Fleming.

The CrossFox, shown to local media as a "concept" in October, is designed to look like a muscular Fox with suspension height increased 46mm, bulky bumpers with fog lights, a front bull bar, side bars and roof bars. The tyres are all-road specification and the spare wheel is located on the rear door.

The production CrossFox will have an eight valve, 1.6-litre flexible fuel engine that can run on petrol, alcohol or a mixture of the two.

VW Brazil will also produce petrol and diesel versions for export but, despite its mini-SUV looks, the new model will be front-drive only. It will be produced in the São José dos Pinhais plant, in Paraná state.

The CrossFox will be exported to the same markets as the Fox - Latin America and Europe.

Volkswagen do Brasil is also considering production of the Fox Pepper, another "concept" revealed in the October press presentation. The Pepper is a sporty 'GTi' version.