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New VWs coming to South Africa in 2024

It has been a busy year for VW in South Africa with the launch of highly-anticipated models like the new Golf R hot hatch and the next-generation Amarok single and double cabs, as well as the facelifted Polo Vivo GT.

South Africa’s second-largest automaker is not slowing down anytime soon, however, as it has at least three launches planned for 2024, all of which involve the company’s most acclaimed offerings.

What to expect from VW in 2024

The first and arguably most exciting vehicle to come from Volkswagen next year will be the updated T-Cross – the company’s most affordable SUV and one of its most popular options in South Africa.

The T-Cross was initially expected to receive a new Trendline specification for its current line-up in 2023 which would be cheaper than the existing Comfortline and Highline grades, but this never materialised.

2024 T-Cross

Instead, the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer has confirmed that the crossover will receive an update in 2024.

While a specific window was not provided, the new T-Cross will go on sale in Europe in the first quarter, so it’s likely South Africa will receive it in the second half of the new year.

The T-Cross will receive minor changes to its look both inside and out, and it should get new equipment like IQ.Light Matrix LED headlights, road sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and an all-round camera system, depending on the model.

Since it is an update and not a new generation, it will retain its current engine line-up of 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol plants with either a five-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox connecting to the front wheels.

Next on the list is the new VW Tiguan, the brand’s best-selling model in the mid-size SUV segment.

It’s scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2024 and will showcase a new look and a modernized interior with a digital instrument cluster and a 15-inch infotainment screen with a new rotary controller.

As seems to be a trend for VW’s updated models, IQ.Matrix LED headlights will be an option, and buyers can also get new ergoActive Plus seats with 10-chamber massage functions.

The Tiguan will continue to be sold with a range of turbo-diesel (TDI), turbo-petrol (TSI), mild-hybrid (eTSI), and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) engines, though it has not yet been stated which ones South Africa will receive.

The final model thus far confirmed for a South African introduction next year is the flagship Touareg, which is getting a facelift in the first half of 2024.

The third-generation SUV is the company’s most luxurious option, and so it’s only natural it will also now be offered with Matrix headlights and other upmarket fittings like an improved touchscreen and phone chargers.

Of course, it will feature a new look, and it has also had subtle performance tweaks to its suspension to suit its five different powertrains, though VW currently only provides one in South Africa in the form of a V6 turbo-diesel.

More in information on all these cars, including their pricing, engine line-up, and equipment sheets, will be released closer to their respective launch dates in 2024.

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