JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – VW’s all-new compact SUV, the T-Cross, will be in showrooms across South Africa from Saturday (Sept 21 2019) though only the 85kW, one-litre, TSI engine will be available until the 1.5 TSI 110kW arrives early in 2020.
A 70kW engine will follow in the second quarter of next year and prices will start at around R335 000. The first range will be priced:
1.0 TSI 85kW Comfortline DSG – R334 600
1.0 TSI 85kW Highline DSG – R365 000
1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG – R403 500
VW SA says the made-in-Spain T-Cross, which joins the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg in the local market, Africa, ”is a practical, cool and versatile addition to Volkswagen’s fast-growing SUV range”. The overall appearance will be enhanced with a choice of wheel sizes: 16” rims are fitted as standard but buyers can opt for 17 or 18”.
The exterior of the T-Cross can also be customised through a choice of nine exterior colours and a selection of coloured wheel rims.
The T-Cross measures 4.2m long (about 18cm more than a VW Polo but 11cm shorter than the T-Roc (to launch in South Africa in 2020). The difference in height, VW says, is even more obvious: the T-Cross is about 1.6m tall, – the Polo 1.46m.
The wheelbase is 2.55m and the rear seats are slightly higher than those up front – the overall result being a better-than-most viewing platform for, say, cruising the Kruger. The rear seat-back can be folded to two positions to create 1281 litres of storage volume – ”unsurpassed,” VW says, ”by any other SUV in this segment”.
OPTIONAL KEYLESS LOCKING
Each of the four doors has power windows and the front seats are height-adjustable, as many as four USB ports are available with an (optional) inductive charging plate.
Also optional is keyless locking and starting system. Also optional is a sound system with a 300W, eight-channel amplifier and a separate sub-woofer in the boot.
Driving assistance comes in the form of frontal radar, lane-keeping, hill-start assistance, automatic adaptive cruise control, parking radar and blind-spot warning for safer overtaking.
There are three models…
Trendline trim (available only with 70kW) has daytime running lights, colour-coded door-releases and powered exterior mirrors, tyre-pressure monitors, front and rear crash mitigation bags. A 6.5” colour display is also standard.
Comfortline trim. The Comfortline trim expands on the Trendline and comes standard with 16” alloy wheel rimss, black roof rails, front fog lights, leather multi-function steering-wheel with multi-function display, parking radar, cruise control, a ”Light and Sight” package and a central front armrest.
Options include R-Line Exterior with 17” rims, sound system, mobile charger, Composition Media with App-Connect, Discover Media (includes satnav), parking radar and folding exterior mirrors. Also in the package are cruise control, lane-keeping diode headlights and keyless entry.
Highline trim. This model has additional standard features – sport seats, driving profile selection, auto aircon and 18” wheel rims. Options include R-Line Exterior with 18” allloys, ‘Nevada’ alloy wheels, Beats sound system, Discover Media (includes satnav), active info display, parking radar, cruise control, and removable towball,
The range-topping T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line DSG comes with sport seats, driving profile selection, auto aircon, diode front and rear lights, with a host of features that includes most of those already listed.
Optional extras include Beats sound system, Discover Media (includes satnave, parking assistance, cruise control, and a removable towball.
- The T-Cross comes standard with a three-year or 120 000km warranty, a three-year or 45 000km service plan and a 12-year anti-rust though warranty. Service intervals 15 000km