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Date: 28 Oct 2019 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Julian Lurie edited by Liam Mothilall
Source: Julian Lurie
In South Africa, the legendary Kombi has been the best-selling T-series derivative for the past six decades. It is now available in a higher powered and well-spec'd family vehicle to be known as the Trendline Plus model, which features a host of exterior highlights and interior features. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has expanded its popular people mover model range with the introduction of the Trendline Plus model into the Kombi 2.0 BiTDI 132kW DSG engine derivative. Until now, the 2.0 BiTDI 132kW DSG model was only available in a Comfortline trim.

The local production of the T-Series in Uitenhage ended in 2002 and since the local introduction of the sixth-generation Kombi in 2015, close to 5 000 (4 991) units have been sold in South Africa. According to Mark Handley, Head of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, they have restructured the Kombi range to cater for the needs of their customers. Handley adds that the Kombi range is now available in the following derivatives; 2.0 TDI 75kW Trendline standard and long wheelbases, 2.0 TDI 103kW DSG Trendline and Trendline Plus, 2.0 BiTDI 132kW DSG Trendline Plus and the top of the range 2.0 BiTDI 132kW DSG Comfortline.

Standard exterior features of the Kombi Trendline Plus model include; 17-inch 'Devonport' alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, dynamic headlight range control, park distance control (front and rear), rear-view reversing camera and a fixed tow bar. The model can be customized with optional features like the folding side mirrors, comfort package, and the light and sight package.

Interior highlights include; a multi-function steering wheel, multi-function display, 'Composition Media' radio with AppConnect, a six-speaker system, adjustable armrests for the driver, voice enhancer for rear passengers, easy-to-clean rubber flooring and Cruise Control. Carpet floor covering, leatherette upholstery, comfort front passenger seat with armrest and side and curtain airbags for front and rear passengers are available as options.

The Kombi is equipped with several safety systems that are activated in critical situations as a preventative measure. Safety systems like the post-collision braking, driver alert, fog lights with integrated cornering lights (optional) and a rear-view camera are offered alongside a range of innovative driver assistance systems designed to provide convenience and even greater levels of occupant protection.

The 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo engine's highest performance of 132 kW is reached at 4000 RPM. At engine speeds as low as 1 500 RPM, the bi-turbo delivers an impressive maximum torque of 400 NM. The Kombi's maximum speed is 191 km/h.

Recommended Retail Price (VAT and emissions tax included):
Kombi 2.0 TDI 75kW Trendline (standard wheelbase)               R575 700
Kombi 2.0 TDI 103kW DSG Trendline               R583 700
Kombi 2.0 BiTDi 132kW DSG Trendline Plus               R666 300
Kombi 2.0 BiTDI 132kW DSG Comfortline               R743 100

The Kombi comes standard with a 3 year / 120 000 km manufacturer warranty and a 5 year / 60 000 km Automotion Maintenance Plan. All models have a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service intervals are every 15 000 km.