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New VW T-Roc 2020 delayed again: Here's when you can now expect to see the Golf-based small SUV

Volkswagen has pushed back the planned launch date for the T-Roc again from May of 2020 to August.

The T-Roc, which is set to be Volkswagen's first entrant in the critical small-SUV segment in Australia, was set to arrive in 140TSI guise in May, however that launch has been pushed back several months.

VW spokesperson Paul Pottinger explained that the delay is due to a production hold-up relating to top-tether child-seat mounting points.

"As you probably know, this fixture is a unique requirement of Australian Design Rules, despite the standard fitment of ISOFIX points," Mr Pottinger explained. "Fitting a centre point also requires an Australian market-specific seat frame and moulded rear parcel shelf, hence the delay".

The T-Roc is not required to have these modifications in any other market, even the New Zealand market which received the T-Roc in limited numbers during 2018, all of which sold out.

Delays have been repeated for the T-Roc, which originally had production of Australian versions pushed back due to unprecedented demand in Europe.

Online pre-orders for the launch 140TSI Sport variant and its limited edition 140 TSI X spin-off are currently open, with a $500 deposit required to secure one of the first deliveries. Volkswagen has already contacted existing pre-order customers to inform them of the delay.

When it eventually does arrive, the Golf-based small SUV will be priced from $40,490 for the 140TSI Sport and $42,990 plus on-road costs for the limited-edition 140TSI X, with the potential for a lower-specification, more affordable 110TSI variant to be added to the line-up at some point in the future.

The 140TSI comes powered by a 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and has significantly higher standard specification than right-hand drive UK-spec examples which have been on the market for some time.

CarsGuide understands that these ADR delays will not affect the launch of the smaller Polo-based T-Cross SUV, which will arrive for its planned launch in May.