Volkswagen will be rolling out their entry-level SUV, the T-Cross, alongside the T-Roc in April 2020. The T-Cross’s addition to the line-up completes the German automaker’s SUV offering in Australia. Two trim levels of the same variant will be offered at launch.
As mentioned, the T-Cross arrives in two versions – 85 TSI Life and the 85 TSI Style, priced from $27,990 and $30,990 respectively. The duo will be powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine which delivers 85kW and 200Nm through a seven-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox driving the front wheels.
The Polo-based crossover is cast as a European rival to the likes of Mazda’s CX-3 and Hyundai’s Kona. "The T-Cross takes Volkswagen into new territory," says the brand's Director of Customer Experience and Marketing, Jason Bradshaw.
"Previously Japanese and Korean brands have had this segment to themselves. To say that none can touch the T-Cross for technology is no empty boast. Now, for the first time, there is an affordable German compact SUV, one that as the Tiguan and Touareg do in their respective segments, transcends the gulf between the mass market brands and those perceived as prestige."
The marque says the 85 TSI Life will feature 16-inch Rochester alloy wheels, manual air-conditioning, wireless smartphone charging, an 8-inch screen with 6-speakers, reversing camera, City AEB with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Fatigue Detection, static cornering lights, parking sensors, auto dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, tire pressure monitor and black roof rails.
The 85 TSI Style adds 17-inch Bangalore alloys, LED headlights, auto high-beam, Blind Spot Monitor, Proactive occupant protection system, dual-zone climate control, keyless access, power folding wing mirrors, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Park Assist and chrome roof rails.
Both variants will be offered with optional packages such as the Driver Assistance Package which adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Sport Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist, Proactive occupant protection system and power folding door mirrors. The pack is available for the 85 TSI Life variant only and will set you back $1,200.
Spending $1,900 on the other hand, gets you the Sound and Vision Pack – available for both variants – which adds a Digital cockpit, Discover Media Satellite Navigation and a 300W Beats stereo system.
Volkswagen is also saying they’ll be rolling out the 110 TSI Style variant sometime in June. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 110kW of power and 250Nm of twist. This variant is said to add kit such as 18-inch Cologne alloy wheels, dark tinted rear side windows, gloss black wing mirrors and an exclusive black-grey seat upholstery.
The 110 TSI Style is offered with the R-Line package which includes 18-inch Nevada alloys, R-line badging and dark body accents, dark tinted rear and rear side window, aluminium-finish pedals, R-line scuff plates, leather multi-function sports steering wheel and carbon Flag sports cloth upholstery. When applied to the 110 TSI Style, it’ll set you back $1,900. However, when applied to the 85 TSI Style, the R-Line package will cost buyers $2,500.
- Volkswagen T-Cross 85 TSI Life - $27,990
- Volkswagen T-Cross 85 TSI Style - $30,990
- Volkswagen T-Cross 110 TSI Style – TBA