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Date: 07 Oct 2019 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Julian Lurie edited by Liam Mothilall
Source: Julian Lurie
Volkswagen's new compact SUV, the T-Cross has been launched in South Africa this month. With its bold design and dynamic look, striking appearance, spacious interior, practicality, versatility, as well as connectivity, the T-Cross is a cool addition to Volkswagen's fast-growing SUV range.

At launch, the T-Cross will be available with Volkswagen's VW Connect dataplug. The dataplug is an easy ''Plug and Play'' retrofit car connectivity solution which has countless benefits for Volkswagen customers. The Volkswagen Group plans to invest billions of Euros in digitization in the next five years, making the car the central hub on the Internet of Things. This means that the development of a Group-wide platform and digital services for the "Volkswagen We" ecosystem is being accelerated. In South Africa, Volkswagen's connected community strategy started with AppConnect which has been available to iOS users since 2016 and Android users since 2018. The VW Connect dataplug is the next step in connectivity and will launch with the Volkswagen T-Cross. The dataplug which is plugged into the Onboard Diagnostic Interface, sends data via Bluetooth to the customers' smartphone.

The VW Connect dataplug processes the vehicle data and this is then visualized to the customer. The VW Connect dataplug functions include an overview of the most important car data, car servicing, assessment of driving style, overview of the fuel consumption monitor, automated saving of car location, digital logbook including the option to export it, collecting of trophies and points and 24/7 contact to the Volkswagen Assist hotline. The VW Connect connectivity solution will also be extended to all Volkswagen vehicle owners from next year. This app will thus replace the current My VW App in South Africa. The VW Connect dataplug is standard on the T-Cross Comfortline, Highline and R-Line models.

The T-Cross measures 4.2 meters in length (182 millimeters more than the Polo), 1 584 millimeters in height compared to the Polo's 1 461 millimeters and has a wheelbase of 2 551 millimeters. The driver and front passenger sit 597 millimeters above the road, while the rear passengers benefit from a vantage point of 652 millimeters, up to four USB ports and the optional inductive wireless charging ensures optimum connectivity and sufficient power for smartphones.

Optional safety and driver assistance systems available on the T-Cross includes; Front Assist area monitoring system, the lane-keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist (available from 2020), the proactive occupant protection system, automatic adaptive cruise control (available from 2020), Park Assist and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert (available from 2020). The T-Cross boasts a top score in the Euro NCAP safety tests.

Another highlight of the T-Cross is the optional Beats sound system with a 300-watt, 8-channel amplifier and a separate subwoofer in the luggage compartment. 16-inch wheels are fitted as standard on the T-Cross while 17-inch alloy wheels are available as an option on the Highline and R-Line models.

The T-Cross will be available in the following engines; the 1.0 TSI with 70kW (available from the second quarter of 2020 at the starting price of below R300 000 for the Trendline derivative), 1.0 TSI with 85kW, and the top of the range 1.5 TSI with 110kW (available from the first quarter of 2020). The 1.0 TSI with 70kW engine will be offered with 5-speed manual transmission. while the 1.0 TSI with 85kW and 1.5 TSI with 110kW engines will only be offered with 7-speed DSG transmission.

The recommended retail prices including VAT and emissions tax, are R334 600 for the 1.0 TSI 85kW Comfortline DSG® and R365 000 for the 1.0 TSI 85kW Highline DSG®. The prices include a 3 year / 120 000 km warranty, a 3 year / 45 000 km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.
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