AFTER its successful preview, the Volkswagen T-Cross is finally arriving soon. In a recent online event, Volkswagen Philippines presented more details about the upcoming subcompact SUV. The Ayala-backed country distributor is confident that the vehicle’s much-anticipated arrival would herald Volkswagen’s global “refresh” in the country.
Since its global debut in 2018, the multi-awarded T-Cross has been one of the new vehicles drawing attention. Two years later, the T-Cross has sold approximately 300,000 units worldwide—a milestone achieved despite the limitations brought about by the pandemic. One of the things which contributed to the overwhelming success of the T-Cross is its design and engineering.
It truly embodies that singular design statement, “I am more than one thing.”
“I am cool”
The trendy exterior design and youthful interior layout exude sophistication with a fun sense of style. The available unique colors wrap the hip exterior styling such as Tribu, Syringa Violet, Romance Red, Polar White, and even Chinchilla Gray. Volkswagen believes that these shades adopt the importance of aesthetics by combining young urban fashion with its style and functionality.
Volkswagen Philippines will offer the T-Cross in 180 MPI AT S and the180 MPI AT SE variants. Both grades come with a EURO 6 1.5-liter engine paired with a six-speed Tiptronic AT generating 111 hp and 145N-m of maximum torque. According to Volkswagen, these figures are ideal for achieving optimum fuel efficiency while providing enough power to keep up on pace and cruise.
More so, every T-Cross unit that rolls out of the German automaker’s manufacturing hubs in Germany, Brazil, and China carries that multifaceted design and engineering excellence the brand is known for over the years. The T-Cross received numerous recognitions from BusinessCar Awards 2019 in the United Kingdom (Best Compact SUV), the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year in Ireland (Compact SUV of the Year), Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 in Germany (Best “Exterior Volume Brand”), UOL Carros 2019 and L’Auto Preferita in Brazil (Compact SUV of the Year), and the 5th annual Cars.co.za Consumer Awards in South Africa (Compact Family Car category winner).
“I am versatile and comfortable”
Offering the longest wheelbase (2,651 mm) in the five-seater subcompact SUV class, the T-Cross can comfortably seat five persons.
Moreover, there’s still 329 liters of luggage space at the back, which can even expand to 1,319 liters with rear seats folded. That’s more than enough space for work, weekend hobbies and recreation.
In terms of amenities, everything is in place. The controls and infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and App connect is easy to access. There’s available rear air-conditioning and USB sockets for the rear passengers, as well as soft seat cushions perfect for long out-of-town drives. Interestingly, the dashboard and other interior panels have color accents the same as an exterior color.
“I am safe”
The T-Cross earned its five-star safety rating in the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the Australasian NCAP, and Latin NCAP with its myriad of standard safety features and strong body structure. There’s an electronic stabilization program (ESP), cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, and additional safety features (for the SE variant). Additionally, there are six airbags, a rear camera, rear park distance control (PDC), and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).
After-sales advantage and low cost of maintenance
Meanwhile, the T-Cross would come laden with significant ownership value in aftersales. With its once-a-year periodic maintenance service (PMS), the T-Cross is on average 40 percent more affordable to maintain compared to its competitors in the segment for five years of ownership. It would be on top of the warranty coverage of three years, or 100,000 km (whichever comes first), spare parts warranty of 2 years, and; service quality consistent with Volkswagen standards worldwide.
The T-Cross 180 MPI S would be offered at P1.098 million, while the 180 MPI SE would sell at P1.198 million with an additional discount of P30,000. These introductory prices and discounts will be available for those who reserve their T-Cross units before the market introduction this May.
For reservations, customers may call Volkswagen BGC at (02) 8558-5888; Volkswagen Quezon Avenue at (02) 8558-5818; Volkswagen Pampanga at (45) 961-1895; Volkswagen Alabang at (02) 8558-5807; Volkswagen Santa Rosa at (0935) 427-8545; Volkswagen Cebu at (32) 517-8226; Volkswagen Iloilo at (33) 331-2622; Volkswagen Bacolod at (034) 435-7575; and Volkswagen Cagayan de Oro at (088) 851-7960. Customers may also log on to www.volkswagen.com.ph for more details.