Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed the new T-Cross will launch locally in the third quarter of 2019 with a starting price “under R300 000”.
The local arm of the Wolfsburg-based firm says the T-Cross will be “available for pre-orders from the second half of the year”.
The Polo-sized crossover – which measures 4 237 mm long with a wheelbase of 2 551 mm – will take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Renault Captur.
From what we understand, initial engine options are expected to include a pair of three-cylinder 1,0 TSI petrol units (with outputs of 70 kW and 85 kW). A four-cylinder 1,5 TSI unit with 110 kW and a 70 kW 1,6 TDI powerplant are furthermore being considered for a 2020 introduction.
The T-Cross offers a claimed 377 litres of boot space (expandable to 455 litres when the second row of seats is shifted forward). Dropping the rear pews flat, meanwhile, increases loading capacity to a claimed 1 281 litres.
VW promises a “host of standard as well as optional driver assistance features will be available” in SA, along with optional LED headlamps and alloy wheel sizes up to 18 inches. The Active Info Display will also be offered as an extra.
In addition, the automaker confirmed the larger (Golf-sized) T-Roc, which will be the first VW crossover available to order with two-tone paintwork, will arrive in South Africa in 2020, slotting neatly between the T-Cross and the Tiguan.
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