The Fox, Volkswagen’s new entry level small car, will make its international debut tomorrow at the Leipzig Motor Show in Germany, ahead of a European launch in late April and a UK introduction at the start of 2006.

The Fox is a city car designed to give customers spaciousness in a high-value, high-quality package. At 3.82 metres, it is longer than a Lupo but shorter than a Polo, with a height of 1.54 metres.

Simplicity will be key to the Fox. It will be offered with three doors and a choice of three engines – two petrol units and one diesel. The petrol engine range comprises a 1.2-litre 55 PS and a 1.4-litre 75 PS, while the diesel option is a 1.4-litre TDI 75 PS, using Volkswagen’s Pumpe Düse unit injector technology.

Inside, there is generous accommodation for four adults, while the sliding rear bench – which moves 15 cms lengthways and is split 50/50 – allows more flexibility.

UK prices for the Fox, along with specification levels, will be announced closer to the car’s launch early next year.