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Volkswagen presents new models to be launched in 2024

VOLKSWAGEN is set to make a significant impact on the South African passenger car market with the launch of three new models in 2024. 

The new T-Cross, new Tiguan, new Touareg and the ID.4 were unveiled at a special media event hosted at the Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

“As we embark on the journey that is 2024, we cannot help but feel a positive sense of anticipation for the exciting year ahead. For the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, 2024 holds immense significance as we set our sights on re-establishing our presence in the local market and reclaiming our position in the fiercely competitive automotive landscape. In the coming months, we are thrilled to announce the launch of new and refreshed models that embody the innovative spirit and unwavering commitment to excellence that define Volkswagen. With a renewed focus on quality, performance, and customer satisfaction, we are confident that 2024 will be a pivotal year for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand” said Niels Wichmann, Head of Brand, Volkswagen Passenger Cars. 

With more than 1.2 million sales globally since it was introduced in 2019, the T-Cross is the smallest member of Volkswagen’s all-important “T” family of SUVs. Sharing its MQB A0 platform with the sixth-generation Polo hatchback, T-Cross has been the best selling imported model for Volkswagen in South Africa with 34 261 units sold since it was launched in 2019. Launching in the second half of 2024, the new T-Cross is set to redefine the compact SUV market in South Africa with its fresh design and a range of engine options. 

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Modern exterior design and fresh new colours. 

From the outside, the updated T-Cross is immediately recognisable by the new design of its front and rear with new integrated LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillight clusters. The IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights are a completely new Volkswagen development and are offered for the first time on the T-Cross. Three new, fresh colours have been added to the model range: the solid colour Grape Yellow (a crisp, sporty yellow), Clear Blue Metallic (an elegant and friendly light blue) and Kings Red Metallic (a vivid, striking red). 

New infotainment system generation and high-quality interior. 

The central element in the interior of the new T-Cross is the free-standing infotainment display. The standard touchscreen measures (8 inches) across the diagonal; the top-of-the-range version has a 9.2inch display. In addition, all versions of the four-door five-seater will now be fitted with digital cockpit as standard. The dash panel in the T-Cross has also undergone a complete redesign: as in larger Volkswagen models, the dash panel features soft-upholstered and significantly higher-quality surface materials. The same applies to the front door trims. 

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LED headlights, LED taillights and “Digital Cockpit” as standard. The significantly upgraded base derivative of the T-Cross will now include features such as the new LED headlights (instead of halogen), new LED taillight clusters, the Digital Cockpit, and a new, free-standing infotainment display. The top derivative remains as the R-Line with sporty accents specification package.

TIGUAN – Redefining SUV Elegance and Performance 

Set to launch in the second half of 2024, the all-new third-generation Tiguan looks set to build on the success of VW’s top-selling global SUV package. Volkswagen has sold more than 7.6 million units of this model since it was introduced in 2007. The Tiguan has been in the market for over a decade in South Africa and sold 50 832 units since its launch. The all-new Tiguan redefines SUV aesthetics with a confident and modern design. 

New design. 

The confident design is typically Tiguan and typically Volkswagen but still completely new. A distinctive feature is the higher, more powerful-looking front end. The standard LED headlights are integrated here. In-between, a glass-covered horizontal bar with an optionally integrated LED strip replaces the traditional radiator grille. The Tiguan is optionally available with the new IQ.LIGHT HD matrix headlights; this high-tech lighting system with 38,400 multi-pixel LEDs has been derived from the new Touareg. The cleanly designed front highlights the fact that the drag coefficient has improved from 0.33 to 0.28. Athletic shoulder sections above the wheel housings dominate the silhouette. The wheels are up to 20-inch in size. A horizontal LED strip between the tail light clusters emphasises the width of the Tiguan’s new rear end.

Modern cockpit design, based on customer feedback. 

Volkswagen has also completely redesigned the interior of the Tiguan. With its high-quality materials and high finish standard, it breaks down conventional class boundaries. In addition, the components of the latest modular infotainment matrix (MIB4) are merged on board to create a clearly designed and closely integrated cockpit landscape that is intuitive to operate. The modules include the new Digital Cockpit (digital instruments with anti-reflective coating in tablet landscape format), a large infotainment screen with a completely new menu structure and graphics (standard display: 12.9 inches, optionally (15 inches), a new optional head-up display (information projected on the windscreen) and a new multifunction driving experience switch with an integrated OLED display.

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Seats for long journeys. 

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The new optional ergoActive Plus seats with pneumatic four-way lumbar adjustment and a pneumatic 10-chamber pressure massage function are a perfect match for the high-quality character of this SUV. These leather seats are optional on the Life models but come standard on the R-Line models. 

TOUAREG – Enhanced Luxury SUV with High-Tech Features

Since its introduction in 2002, the Volkswagen Touareg has achieved remarkable success with over 1.3 million units sold globally. This popularity attests to the enduring appeal of the Touareg, establishing it as a true icon which has been trusted and celebrated by drivers around the world for over two decades. The Touareg has sold 8 671 units in South Africa since it was launched in 2004. The Touareg, Volkswagen’s premium SUV which will launch in the second half of 2024, has received an update that includes new design elements and high-tech features. 

The new lighting system

Another advantage of the new IQ.LIGHT HD matrix headlights is the glare-free main beam: this continuous main beam can permanently be left switched on outside of towns because the interactive LEDs make sure that the masking area for oncoming traffic and vehicles driving in front is more precise than ever before. 

Sharpened design 

The new premium SUV can be recognised immediately by the new front and rear design. At the front, the unit formed by the radiator grille, headlights and the front apron have been given a new look. The design of the rear end is also sharper: it now has a continuous horizontal LED strip for the taillight clusters and incorporates a Volkswagen logo which is illuminated in red.

Update for the interior 

The standard equipment of the new Touareg has been enhanced. The standard voice control has also been improved. USB-C connections with a charging capacity of 45 watts (previously 15 watts) permit significantly faster charging of electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets or laptops. In addition, by evaluating customer feedback, the high-quality level of the Touareg interior has been further improved. For example, the centre console trims are now softer than before, providing extra comfort.

Efficient driving assistance systems

The Touareg is equipped with several convenience and assistance systems as standard. In addition, an extensive range of optional systems is available. These include among others the following technologies.

  • “Travel Assist” (assisted driving up to maximum speed)
  • “Trailer Assist” (for assisted maneuvering with trailer)
  • “Night Vision” (assistance for night drives)
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Powertrains –diesel engine

The new Touareg will be offered with the 3.0 TDI 190 kW engine paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and the 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive. 

ID.4 – Volkswagen’s Vision of Sustainable Driving

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As Volkswagen’s first fully electric SUV, the ID.4 embodies the brand’s commitment to sustainable mobility. The ID.4 is an all-round talent that can be driven in a sporty, yet also easy and comfortable way. The battery stores up to 77 kWh of energy (net) and enables ranges of up to 520 km . The battery is installed below the passenger compartment which guarantees a low centre of gravity. The electric drive motor, positioned at the rear axle, generates 150 kW  – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and deliver a top speed of 160 km/h. ID.4 is also set to be introduced in the first half of 2024 in South Africa as a test fleet.

Dynamic appearance

The ID.4’s exterior has athletic proportions for an ultra-modern appearance. Its clear, flowing design is inspired by nature and guarantees very good aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.28. The ID.4 is equipped with interactive IQ.Light LED matrix headlights which welcome drivers with swivelling lens modules and generate an intelligently controlled main beam. These headlights have been paired with the new 3D LED tail light clusters. Their tail light is particularly homogeneous and lights up in an intensive red colour.

“Volkswagen’s commitment to excellence is evident in the comprehensive lineup of the new T-Cross, new Tiguan, new Touareg, and ID.4. These vehicles represent a convergence of performance, design and innovation, setting new benchmarks in the South African automotive market. The launch of these models reaffirms Volkswagen’s dedication to providing consumers with an array of choices, from versatile and family-friendly SUVs to cutting-edge electric mobility solutions. As the automotive landscape evolves, Volkswagen continues to lead the way with a focus on sustainability, advanced technology, and a commitment to meeting the diverse needs of South African drivers” concluded Wichmann.

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By The African Mirror

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