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New VWs coming to South Africa in 2023

VW fans have received several great entries in 2023 and we are only just five months into the year.

Already, there has been the highly anticipated second-generation Amarok, the updated Polo Vivo GT, as well as the high-performance Golf 8 R.

Additionally, the automaker recently launched a diesel version of the Tiguan, and it announced that the new Touareg would be arriving in South Africa in the first half of 2024.

There’s still plenty more to come, though, with at least three VWs scheduled to make an appearance on the tip of Africa before the year is out.

What’s to come

These are all of the VWs that are confirmed to be coming to South Africa in 2023.

VW Amarok single cab

The next-generation Amarok initially went on sale in March this year, though only in double cab form.

The single-cab variants are expected to launch at the end of May with prices starting at R499,000 – lowering the barrier to entry by R100,000.

The workhorse models will be available with two different 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel engines producing 110kW and 350Nm, or 125kW and 405Nm, respectively. It will also be exclusively paired with a manual gearbox in either a five or six-speed guise.

Standard features on the entry-level bakkie include 16-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, a 10-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-inch digital driver display, and a multifunction steering wheel.

VW T-Cross Trendline

Volkswagen is introducing a more affordable version of its popular T-Cross series with the new Trendline variant.

Right now, the crossover is only sold in Comfortline and Highline spec, meaning prices start at a rather steep R393,400.

The company has not yet revealed the new model’s price tag and has only said that it will arrive in the second quarter of 2023.

Other details are also scarce, though it is expected the Trendline will ship with the base Comfortline’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol powerplant with 70kW and 175Nm.

VW Polo sedan TSI

The new Polo sedan was originally launched in September 2022 and is currently only available with a 1.6-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine.

The carmaker has announced its intention to introduce a turbocharged petrol unit to the line-up, but has made no further comments as of yet.

As a reference, the current power unit has 81kW and 152Nm, is available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and has a fuel consumption of 6.2l/100km.

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