The new Volkswagen T-Cross has been spotted filming in South Africa just three weeks after its global reveal. Former CAR magazine editor Steve Smith sent us these images of the new Polo-sized crossover being filmed on Bree Street in Cape Town on Wednesday morning.
Presumably being filmed to star in some sort of international advertising campaign, the vehicle is seen wearing German numberplates as well as the same R-Line kit and exterior paint colour used in the official press images.
Expected to arrive in South Africa in the second quarter of 2019, the new T-Cross will be positioned below the Tiguan (since the T-Roc is not destined for local shores) and compete against the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Kona, Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3.
Running on the Wolfsburg-based brand’s ubiquitous MQB platform, the five-seater measures 4,11 metres long, with a wheelbase of 2,56 metres. The sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 140 mm, allowing either more passenger legroom or more luggage space. The luggage compartment itself thus holds between 385 and 455 litres. But thanks to the rear seatback that folds down fully or partially, VW says it’s possible to create a flat loading space with up to 1 281 litres of storage volume.
Expect power to come from VW’s familiar 1,0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engine (in either 70 kW or 85 kW guises), with the flagship model drawing 110 kW from its 1,5 TSI four-cylinder heart. The 1,6 TDI four-cylinder engine, meanwhile, offers diesel-lovers some 70 kW.
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