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The new Volkswagen T-Roc crossover has been teased in an official video from the German automaker, ahead of an Australian debut now unlikely to occur before 2019.

Although the pre-production model shown in the video is wearing a camouflage wrap, it actually gives us a good look at the shape and design of the T-Roc’s headlights, grille and tail-lights.

These elements were artfully disguised on an otherwise undisguised prototype spied earlier this month. Those images do, however, provide a clear and unimpeded view of the car’s overall shape, and the design of the fenders, doors and tailgate.

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Under the skin, the T-Roc will use the version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that underpins the latest Seat Ibiza and the upcoming Volkswagen Polo.

A report from last year indicated the T-Roc’s petrol engine range will include a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder.

Turbo-diesels will also feature feature prominently in the drivetrain mix, and buyers will likely be offered the choice of manual and dual-clutch transmissions, as well as front- and all-wheel drive setups.

Later variants are said to include plug-in hybrid and pure EV drivetrains. The new Polo GTI’s engine, reportedly a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo borrowed from a previous generation Golf GTI, is also rumoured to be on the cards.

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Australia

The new Polo hatch is due to be unveiled in June, and has been confirmed to go on sale in Australia from 2018.

We expect the production T-Roc to make its international debut later this year, but, speaking with CarAdvice this week, Volkswagen Australia communications manager Paul Pottinger said we won’t see the company’s new compact SUV here until 2019.

Why the wait? High demand in left-hand-drive markets. According to Pottinger, even regions that don’t typically have huge interest in compact SUVs have put their hand up for the T-Roc, which has pushed right-hand drive further down the order.

Pottinger added that while a 2018 debut cannot be ruled out at this relatively early stage, 2019 is looking to be the likely window for Australia.

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