Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed the arrival of its entry-level T-Cross variants has been pushed back to August 2020.

Of course, since launch in September 2019, the local line-up has been limited to a pair of derivatives (Comfortline and Highline, with the option of an R-Line package) each powered by an 85 kW 1,0 TSI engine mated to the front axle via a seven-speed DSG.

An entry-level Trendline variant with VW’s familiar 1,0 TSI unit detuned to 70 kW (and fitted with a manual gearbox) was originally scheduled to touch down in the second quarter of 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly caused a delay. Now, however, the Wolfsburg-based firm says this base model will hit the market in August 2020.

VW SA earlier promised the Trendline variant would sport a price tag below R300 000. From what we understand, the Trendline model is expected to ship standard on 16-inch steel wheels and feature the firm’s 6,5-inch “Composition Colour” infotainment system.

In addition, a mid-tier Comfortline version with the same powertrain (including the manual cog-swapper) is scheduled to arrive at the same time.

Meanwhile, the 1,5 TSI R-Line flagship, boasting 110 kW from its four-cylinder heart, will finally hit the market in July 2020. We published pricing for this variant in April 2020 but the figure has since increased to R415 600.

Original article from Car