Volkswagen South Africa has officially released specifications and pricing for the new entry-level variant in its T-Cross range.

In September 2019, we shared local pricing for the new base model, dubbed the T-Cross 1,0 TSI 70 kW Comfortline. However, now that it’s been added to VW SA’s website, the price has climbed slightly to R345 700 (expect to add R19 500 for the R-Line kit, if you're so inclined).

The newcomer slots in below the 1,0 TSI 85 kW Comfortline DSG (now R385 700), 1,0 TSI 85 kW Highline DSG (R420 200) and 1,5 TSI 110 kW R-Line DSG (R442 000).

As a reminder, this entry-level derivative employs the Wolfsburg-based firm’s turbocharged 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, but here it’s been detuned to deliver 70 kW and 175 N.m to the front axle via a five-speed manual (rather than seven-speed dual-clutch) gearbox. As a result, the obligatory sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes a claimed 11,5 seconds, with the crossover topping out at 180 km/h. VW claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 5,0 L/100 km.

So, what about specifications? Well, the T-Cross 1,0 TSI 70 kW Comfortline makes do with drum brakes at the rear but does ride on 16-inch “Belmont” alloys as standard. Like its more powerful Comfortline sibling, it features VW’s “Composition Colour” infotainment system with a 6,5-inch display and App Connect. Other highlights include six airbags, electronic stability control, LED daytime running lights, foglamps (front and rear) a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control and parking sensors (fore and aft).

Options, meanwhile, include 17-inch "Manila" alloy wheels (R18 600), a Beats sound system (R9 150), the upgraded “Discover Media” infotainment system (for R22 900 but also including inductive smartphone charging and a digital instrument cluster), LED headlamps (R13 200), keyless access (R5 250) and a removable towbar (R4 300).

Of course, VW SA had earlier planned to bring in a base Trendline version with the same powertrain (to push the starting price “below R300 000”) but the company backtracked in August 2020. This Trendline model was to be aimed at the rental fleet market but with sales in this part of the industry down thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown, it’s no longer coming.