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Volkswagen’s new compact SUV, the T-Cross will be launched in South Africa in September this year.

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.

Volkswagen Connect: Application with Dataplug

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 from September 2019.
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

The VW Connect dataplug functions include;
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

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.

Volkswagen Connect: Dataplug Front

Fasts Facts about the Volkswagen T-Cross
 The T-Cross measures 4.2 metres in length (182 millimetres more
than the Polo), 1 584 millimetres in height compared to the Polo’s
1 461 millimetres and has a wheelbase of 2 551 millimetres.
 The driver and front passenger sit 597 millimetres above the road,
while the rear passengers benefit from a vantage point of 652
 Up to four USB ports and the optional inductive wireless charging
ensure optimum connectivity and sufficient power for
 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.
 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
 16-inch wheels are fitted as standard on the T-Cross and 17-inch
alloy wheels are available as an option.18-inch alloy wheels are
only available as an option on the Highline and R-Line models.
 The T-Cross will be available in the following engines;
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 (available at launch) 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. The 1.0 TSI with 85kW and 1.5 TSI with 110kW
engines will only be offered with 7-speed DSG transmission.

In a first for Volkswagen South Africa, pre-sales of the T-Cross will be open
from 15 July 2019 on www.vw.co.za. The pre-booking process on the
website gives customers the opportunity to be the first to buy the T-Cross
from Volkswagen dealers before it becomes available in September.