But which niche it will fill is up in the air.
CarBuzz has unearthed a new trademark filing at the European Intellectual Property Office (with a matching filing found at the German Patent and Trademark Office), and it reveals the name of a new Volkswagen product: ID. Cross.
This name is not entirely unfamiliar to VW fans. At the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, a new concept called the ID. Crozz was presented, and this was followed up by a revised version called the ID. Crozz II, which debuted at that year's Frankfurt Auto Show.
These concepts would ultimately form the basis of the production Volkswagen ID.4, which begs the question: what is this new ID. Cross name for?
As Volkswagen transitions to electric cars, only three iconic names are currently safe: Golf, Tiguan, and GTI. That means that the new ID. Cross name could be applied to just about anything, but given how Volkswagen has used the word 'cross' in the past, it's safe to assume that it will find a home on some sort of crossover or SUV.
The most obvious place to use the name is on the T-Cross, a small crossover not sold in the US due to its diminutive proportions. With the trademark filings made at European intellectual property offices, this name placement seems a shoo-in.
It's also worth mentioning that the Crozz name has been used as a suffix on various Chinese-market VWs, so this ID. Cross name may be the designation for a new market-specific crossover. It could also be meant for the recently teased longroof version of the ID.7. Wherever the name finds a home, the ID prefix indicates it will be electric.
Last year, Volkswagen was reportedly exploring the idea of completely reinventing its naming conventions so that it's easier to identify models based on their badges, but nothing has come of it just yet.
We'll just have to wait and see what Volkswagen has in store.