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VOLKSWAGEN T-CROSS COMING TO SOUTH AFRICA IN 2019
20 May 2019
Julian Lurie edited by Liam Mothilall
Volkswagen South Africa have sent out a media release, announcing that they will introduce its first compact SUV, the all new Volkswagen T-Cross, to their model line-up in the second half of the year. The all new T-Cross will join the Tiguan and Touareg in the Volkswagen SUV model range and advance the company's offensive strategy in the growing SUV segment. In 2018, the compact SUV segment made up 8.7% of the total market. Where most segments have shrunk, the compact SUV segment grew year-on-year from 2014 to 2018. In 2014, the segment accounted for 19 027 of new vehicle sales, whilst in 2018, the sales volume increased to 31 982 units, which equates to a 68% growth. This is one of the many reasons that attracted Volkswagen in the segment.
The T-Cross is based on the same MQB platform as the new Polo and slots into the Volkswagen product portfolio under the Tiguan. The vehicle is 4 237mm long, with a wheelbase of 2 551mm and is 1 584mm meters high.Although it is a compact SUV, the T-Cross has a boot capacity of 377 litres of boot space, which can be expanded to 455 litres if the second row of seats are moved forward. By folding the rear seats flat, the carrying capacity is increased to 1 281 litres.
A host of standard as well as optional driver assistance features will be available in the T-Cross. The T-Cross will be available with optional LED head-lights with wheel sizes of up to 18 inches. The interior is similar to that of the new Polo and will be offered with and optional Active Info Display. Volkswagen's compact SUV is good value for money; and the starting price of the T-Cross will be below R300 000. The T-Cross will be available for pre-orders from the second half of the year and will officially be launched into the South African market towards the end of the year.
As from 2020, Volkswagen will add another SUV model in the line-up for the South African market. The premium, sporty and stylish T-Roc, which is the first Volkswagen SUV that is available to order in two-tone paintwork and will make its way into the local market next year.