VW’s T-Cross to touch down in SA

Much-awaited Polo-based SUV to star at VW’s Festival of Motoring stand next weekend

14 August 2019 - 12:52 By Motoring Reporter
The T-Cross will take on the Ford Ecosport in SA’s compact SUV wars.
The T-Cross will take on the Ford Ecosport in SA’s compact SUV wars.
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Volkswagen’s much awaited T-Cross compact SUV will make its debut on South African soil at next weekend’s Festival of Motoring, presented by Wesbank, at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

The Polo-based SUV, which will be pitched against rivals like the Ford Ecosport and Renault Captur, will be launched in SA with one engine and two transmission options. Power comes from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol offered in 70kW and 85kW outputs. Both versions can be paired to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic.

Drive is to the front wheels and fuel consumption is claimed to be 4.9l / 100km for both outputs. A petrol 1.5-litre engine is also under consideration for SA.

Pricing of the T-Cross hasn’t yet been confirmed but VW SA was hoping for an entry price below R300,000, positioning it between the Polo and the Tiguan.

Volkswagen will also have its lightning quick ID.R Pikes Peak electric racing car on show at the Festival of Motoring, which takes place from August 22 to 25.

Festival goers will be able to see this ground-breaking vehicle which has made history by breaking records at the Pikes Peak hill climb, Nürburgring-Nordschliefe and more recently at the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb.

Other cars on display include the newest kids on the block, the Vivo Sound Edition and a locally-inspired concept car.

Fans can also strap in for some thrilling spins on the track in Volkswagen favourite vehicles, which include the 228kW Golf R, the Touareg Black Style, the Arteon, the Tiguan Allspace and the Polo Vivo GT.

The VW ID.R Pikes Peak electric racing car has broken records at various international hill climbs.
The VW ID.R Pikes Peak electric racing car has broken records at various international hill climbs.
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be giving visitors a taste of off-road action. For the first time ever, guests can experience the capabilities of the V6 Amarok on a bespoke technical 4x4 obstacle course inspired by the International Spirit of Amarok in the skidpan area.

The Spirit of Amarok is the only international amateur off-road precision driving competition and it was started right here in SA. From behind the wheel of an Amarok, qualifying teams from around the world go head-to-head to determine the best driver/navigator duo in the world. 

To give Festival of Motoring visitors a piece of the action, the Spirit of Amarok is the central theme at this year's festival.

Kyalami's challenging 4x4 track is the ideal area to put the powerful Amarok V6 to the test and this year will be no exception. The Amarok will be taking festival goers around the dirt track, and for future trailblazers, a mini Amarok circular track will be available to keep them entertained. The soon-to-be-launched special edition Amarok Canyon will also be on display.

Tickets to the Festival of Motoring are available from www.howler.co.za (CHECK)


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