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Volkswagen’s new SUV impresses

Last updated on June 13, 2019

T‑Cross is a prac­ti­cal, cool and ver­sa­tile addi­tion to Volkswagen’s fast-grow­ing SUV range.

The car­mak­er antic­i­pates the new SUV should join Tiguan, Tiguan All­space and Touareg mod­els in the third quar­ter of 2019.


The new addi­tion dis­plays a strik­ing plan, spa­cious inte­ri­or, dig­i­tal cock­pit, flaw­less con­nec­tiv­i­ty, and class-lead­ing dri­ver assis­tance sys­tem.

It has a bal­anced com­bi­na­tion of casu­al style, refined prac­ti­cal­i­ty and extreme cost-effec­tive.

Man­u­fac­tures in Navar­ra, Spain, T‑Cross will before long daz­zle hearts in the South African mar­ket with its mix of style, rea­son­able­ness, adapt­abil­i­ty, con­nec­tiv­i­ty, and fuel econ­o­my.

The vehi­cle leaves an endur­ing impres­sion at first sight.

It boasts exte­ri­or strik­ing front end with dom­i­nant grille.

The front end fea­tures the vehi­cle’s fam­i­ly asso­ci­a­tion while the out­side under­lines the unique­ness of the new SUV mod­el.

Appeal­ing fea­tures incor­po­rate the fruit­ful blend of an expres­sive front spoil­er and a huge radi­a­tor grille, at the exter­nal clo­sures of which it coor­di­nates the head­lamps.

The light units are long and lev­el, and reach out far into the flanks.

This arrange­ment gives the new T‑Cross an unmis­tak­able appear­ance from the front.

The low­er area of the front end is unmis­tak­able recessed haze lights and incor­po­rat­ed day­time run­ning lights.

Fog lights and day­time run­ning lights under­score the height of the vehi­cle front.

Day­time run­ning lights share a sim­i­lar lodg­ing if assem­bling intro­duces option­al LED head­lights.

The tail light clus­ters fea­ture LED tech­nol­o­gy as stan­dard.

On the sides of the T‑Cross, two flat sharp char­ac­ter lines from front to back under­line the dynam­ic appear­ance of the com­pact SUV.

They struc­ture a sol­id shoul­der at the back and come full cir­cle in anoth­er, sig­nif­i­cant plan com­po­nent.

A bold reflec­tive band spans the rear. Framed by a black trim pan­el, it is a notable recog­ni­tion fea­ture in the same way as the dis­tinc­tive front end.

The light band empha­sis­es the width of the vehi­cle and sig­nals pres­ence and vital­i­ty.

The large wheel arch­es also empha­sise the strik­ing appear­ance.

The designed wheels also con­tribute to the cool look of the new T‑Cross. 16-inch wheels.

In addi­tion, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels are avail­able as options.

The man­u­fac­tur­er can also cus­tomise the exte­ri­or of the T‑Cross in var­i­ous ways.

Wheels have nine exte­ri­or colours or selec­tion of clours to enhance the com­bi­na­tion.

The lat­est addi­tion to the Volk­swa­gen SUV range offers easy access for all pas­sen­gers through four large doors.

This facil­i­tates a vibrant and pow­er­ful SUV design.

It gives the T‑Cross its unmis­tak­able per­for­mance, while also cre­at­ing a gen­er­ous wheel­base.

Besides eas­i­er entry, vehi­cle occu­pants also enjoy a sig­nif­i­cant increase in inte­ri­or space and legroom for both rows of seats.

The T‑Cross mea­sures 4.2 metres in length, 182 mil­lime­tres more than the Polo and 11 cen­time­tres short­er than the T‑Roc.

It will be launched in South Africa in 2020.

The dif­fer­ence in height is even more obvi­ous: the T‑Cross mea­sures 1 584 mil­lime­tres com­pared to the Polo’s 1 461 mil­lime­tres.

The wheel­base of 2 551 mil­lime­tres increas­es the space for seats and pro­vides a spa­cious feel.

The ele­vat­ed seat posi­tion is typ­i­cal of an SUV.

The dri­ver and front pas­sen­ger seat 597 mil­lime­tres above the road, while the rear pas­sen­gers ben­e­fit from a van­tage point of 652 mil­lime­tres.

That is 10 cen­time­tres high­er than in the Polo, thus guar­an­tee­ing good vis­i­bil­i­ty from all seats.

A more spa­cious inte­ri­or

The T‑Cross pro­vides good vis­i­bil­i­ty.

Pas­sen­gers enjoy a supe­ri­or view and good all-round vis­i­bil­i­ty thanks to the ele­vat­ed seat­ing posi­tion.

The inte­ri­or is extreme­ly spa­cious, giv­ing the occu­pants the feel­ing that they are sit­ting in a larg­er vehi­cle.

The 2.55 metre wheel­base is com­par­a­tive­ly gen­er­ous, allow­ing a spa­cious inte­ri­or with enough room for five peo­ple.

For the great­est pos­si­ble ver­sa­til­i­ty in the inte­ri­or, the slid­ing rear seat can be adjust­ed by 14 cen­time­tres, allow­ing more pas­sen­ger leg room or more lug­gage space.

The lug­gage com­part­ment holds between 377 and 455 litres.

Thanks to a rear seat back that folds down ful­ly.

You can cre­ate a flat load­ing space with up to 1 281 litres of stor­age vol­ume.

It is unsur­passed by any oth­er SUV in this seg­ment.

The large-for­mat dash pads cor­re­spond in colour and struc­ture to the seat mate­ri­als, the steer­ing wheel clasp, the paint­ed cen­tral con­sole, the plat­inum grey trim colour, and the exte­ri­or fin­ish­es.

This gives the inte­ri­or of the vehi­cle a cool, sporty look.

The design pack­age also offers 3D décor for the dash pad, two-tone seat sur­faces, a steer­ing wheel clasp and cen­tral con­sole in a match­ing tone, and colour-coor­di­nat­ed wing mir­rors and wheels.

The indi­rect ambi­ent light­ing fur­ther accen­tu­ates the vehicle’s inte­ri­or.

Elec­tric win­dows on all four doors and a height-adjustable dri­ver and pas­sen­ger seat also come as stan­dard.

The T‑Cross pro­vides dis­cern­ing users with the high­est lev­el of net­work­ing and con­nec­tion to the out­side world.

At launch in the third quar­ter this year, the T‑Cross will come avail­able with the 1.0 TSI tur­bocharged petrol engine deliv­er­ing 85kW. The T‑Cross will also be avail­able with the more pow­er­ful 1.5 TSI three-cylin­der engine deliv­er­ing 110kW from the fourth quar­ter of 2019 and the entry lev­el 1.0 TSI engine deliv­er­ing 70kW from the first quar­ter of 2020.

1.0   TSI engine. The three-cylin­der 1.0 TSI gen­er­ates 85 kW of pow­er.

The tur­bocharged direct injec­tion engine devel­ops max­i­mum torque of 200 Nm is avail­able between 2 000 and 3 500 rpm.

This ver­sion goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.2 sec­onds and has a top speed of 193 km/h.

Claimed fuel con­sump­tion is 4.9 litres/100km.

This engine is only avail­able in 7‑speed DSG trans­mis­sion.

Pric­ing for the T‑Cross will be con­firmed clos­er to the local launch of the mod­el this year.



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