Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed local pricing for its new T-Cross 1,5 TSI R-Line flagship variant, which comes in from R403 500.

At launch in September 2019, the local T-Cross range comprised just two variants, both offering 85 kW: the 1,0 TSI Comfortline DSG and the aforementioned 1,0 TSI Highline DSG.

Now, however, the turbocharged 1,5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine has officially joined the line-up, sending 110 kW and 250 N.m (the latter from 1 500 to 3 500 r/min) to the front axle via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The Wolfsburg-based firm’s local arm says that’s enough to take the T-Cross from standstill to 100 km/h in 8,5 seconds, before topping out at 200 km/h. According to VW SA, the new variant is capable of sipping at 5,5 L/100 km on the combined cycle.

The 1,5 TSI R-Line’s list of standard features includes items such as 18-inch Nevada alloy wheels, VW’s active info display, sportier front seats, and, of course, the R-Line exterior styling package. It also shares plenty of equipment with the Highline derivative, such as the Composition Media infotainment system, wireless smartphone charging and LED headlamps.

By our maths, the 1,5 TSI R-Line is some R18 000 more expensive than the 1,0 TSI Highline DSG (which is now priced at R385 500). Interestingly, though, the latter can optionally be kitted out with the same R-Line exterior package (including the wheels) for an additional R18 600 ... making it more expensive than the larger-engined, better-specified flagship. Strange but true...

As with other models in the line-up, the range-topper comes with a three-year/120 000 km warranty and a three-year/45 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km).

The T-Cross 1,0 TSI derivative with 70 kW, a five-speed manual gearbox and the entry-level Trendline specification is expected to arrive in South Africa later in 2020, with VW SA earlier promising a price tag "under R300 000".

Volkswagen T-Cross 1,0 TSI Comfortline: R353 700
Volkswagen T-Cross 1,0 TSI Highline: R385 500
Volkswagen T-Cross 1,5 TSI R-Line: R403 500