2021 VW T-Cross Black Edition Has A Tiny Motor And A Big Desire To Impress

Volkswagen took a T-Cross SE, dressed it in black and gave it extra gear, creating the new T-Cross Black Edition.

As you’d expect, it sports darkened accents on the outside, including on the grille, front bumper, roof rails and side mirror caps, contrasted by the silver accents and 17-inch ‘Manilla Black’ diamond turned alloy wheels. Besides the recommended paint finish, customers can order it in other shades, including orange and turquoise, for a livelier look.

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The cockpit follows a similar theme, with Titan Black upholstery, high gloss black inserts and grey decorative trim. Things such as the App-Connect, which brings smartphone mirroring function, sliding rear bench, driver alert system, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and others carry over from the regular T-Cross SE. Extra gear includes front and rear parking sensors and LED lights, whereas the Beats audio, two-zone climate control and digital dials are options.

A 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine is the only one available for the new T-Cross Black Edition. It is offered in two outputs, with 95 PS (94 HP / 70 kW) and 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) of torque, coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox, and 110 PS (108 HP / 81 kW) and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft), with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. The entry-level does the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 11.6 seconds, with a 180 km/h (112 mph) top speed, while the mid-range and top-spec variants drop the acceleration time to 10.8 and 11.3 seconds respectively, and increase the top speed to 188 km/h (117 mph).

UK pricing for the T-Cross Black Edition starts at £21,035 ($28,914) with the less powerful unit, £21,800 ($29,966) with the torquier engine under the hood and the six-speed manual transmission, and £23,300 ($32,028) with the DSG.

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