Local specs and pricing have been announced for the 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross, the brand’s new compact SUV, which is available to order now from $27,990 plus on-road costs.
At launch, two grades will be available - the 85TSI Life and 85TSI Style priced from $27,990 and $30,990 plus on-roads respectively.
Both variants are powered by a 1.0-litre 85kW/200Nm three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine hooked up to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission that drives the front wheels.
In June, the 110TSI Style model will join the range, it uses a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 110kW and 250Nm. Pricing for the flagship is yet to be announced.
Standard equipment on the 85TSI Life includes 16-inch alloy wheels, wireless smartphone charging, a rear-view camera, rain-sensing wipers, an 8.0-inch infotainment system, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring.
Moving to the 85TSI Style adds 17-inch alloys, LED headlights, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
The 110TSI Style gets 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, gloss black wing mirrors and a unique black-grey design cloth trim.
A full rundown of each grade’s equipment highlights can be found below.
"The T-Cross takes Volkswagen into new territory," said the brand's Director of Customer Experience and Marketing and 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."
2020 Volkswagen T-Cross pricing (excludes on-road costs):
T-Cross 85TSI Life - $27,990
T-Cross 85TSI Style - $30,990
T-Cross 110TSI Style - TBA
Equipment highlights:
T-Cross 85TSI Life  
1.0-litre three-cylinder 85kW/200Nm turbo-petrol engine
Seven-speed DSG automatic transmission
16-inch Rochester alloys
Manual air-conditioning
Wireless charging
Four USB ports
8.0-inch Composition Media with six-speakers
Rear-view Camera
Front Assist with City EB, pedestrian and cyclist monitoring
Lane Assist and Driver Fatigue Detection
Parking sensors with Manoeuvre Braking
Leather multi-function steering wheel
Front fog lights with static cornering lights
Automatically dimming rear-view mirror
Automatic headlight function
Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
Front armrest
Low-pressure tyre indicator
Black roof rails
T-Cross 85TSI Style adds
17-inch Bangalore alloys
LED headlights
Light Assist, automatic high beam function
Adaptive Cruise Control
Blind-Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
Proactive occupant protection system
Dual-zone climate control air conditioning
Keyless Access and power-folding door mirrors
Steering wheel gearshift paddles
Park Assist
Comfort sport front seats
Carpet mats
Chrome roof rails and exterior headlights
T-Cross 110TSI Style adds
1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine 110kW/250Nm
18-inch Cologne alloys
Dark tinted rear and rear side windows
Gloss black door mirrors
Unique black-grey design cloth and dashboard décor
Option packages
Driver Assistance package (85TSI Life only) - $1200
Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Sport Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist, Proactive occupant protection system, power-folding door mirrors
Sound and Vision package - $1900
Digital cockpit, Discover Media Satellite Navigation, beats 300W premium audio system
R-Line package 85TSI Style - $2500 110TSI Style - $1900
18-inch Nevada alloys, R-line badging and dark body accents, dark tinted rear and rear side window (standard in 110TSI), Aluminium finish pedals, R-line scuff plates, leather multi-function sports steering wheel, carbon Flag sports cloth upholstery   
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