Volkswagen is understood to be targeting the US market with the new SUV, although the company's Australian arm is known to be keen on a seven-seat option.
Local buyers seeking seven seats in Volkswagen's current range are limited to the Caddy Maxi Life people mover.
Details on the new SUV have not been released, and it is unknown which VW platform underpins the new model.
Reports in the UK suggest the new Golf's MQB platform is in play, while Reuters has reported that the architecture of the US-market Passat sedan has been used.
More details on the new SUV, and its potential for an Australian debut, will be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this week.
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