Yesterday, we learned from our contacts that the new model Volkswagen Philippines will be launching soon is the T-Cross subcompact crossover. At the time of writing, however, we weren't sure about two details. The first is the pricing. Specifically, we weren't sure if the prices mentioned to us already included the DTI's new safeguard bond. Secondly, what engine the Philippine-bound T-Cross will have.
Thankfully, we didn't have to wait too long for more details. Our sources confirmed the price and even the engine spec of the T-Cross arriving in the Philippines.
Starting with the most important detail, price, Volkswagen Philippines is targeting an SRP of PHP 1.1 million for the entry-level model and upwards of PHP 1.25 million for the top-spec model. The question we had was whether they included the DTI's safeguard bonds. Well, the short answer is yes. The PHP 1.1 to 1.25 million prices are inclusive of the PHP 70,000 bond from the DTI. At those prices, the T-Cross could easily undercut its competitors in the segment.
The second detail is the engine specs. Over in China, SAIC-Volkswagen offers two engine options for the crossover. The first is a 1.5-liter non-turbo with a 6-speed automatic, while the other is a 1.4-liter turbo (TFSI) with a 7-speed DSG. Unfortunately, it seems we won't be getting the 1.4-liter turbocharged mill with a 7-speed DSG. Instead, our source confirmed that the only engine option is a 1.5-liter engine with a 6-speed automatic for all variants.
According to the SAIC-Volkswagen website, the 1.5-liter mill produces 115 PS and 145 Nm torque. Paired with the 6-speed automatic, it allows the crossover to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 13.3 seconds with a top speed of 185 km/h. Not the fastest model to go around, but it is fuel-efficient. The automaker claims it can do 5.9 L/100km mixed highway and city driving, or roughly 16.94 km/L. Does the engine sound familiar? That's because it is like the same unit found in the Santana.
For comparison, the 1.4-liter turbocharged mill that we won't be getting produces 140 PS and 250 Nm torque. With that boosted engine, the T-Cross goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.8 seconds when paired with the 7-speed DSG.
There's no word yet when Volkswagen Philippines will launch the new T-Cross. But, we'll let you know when there's more information about the new crossover. Stay tuned.