Australian safety rules hold up launch of VW's compact new T-Roc.
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The already overdue 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc will miss its intended May launch by a few months, thanks to a shortage in parts required for child-seat fitment in our market.

Under Australian Design Rules regulations, and unlike other markets, the fitment of child seats in Australian-market vehicles requires a top tether point in addition to the lower ISOFIX anchor points.

In the case of the T-Roc, the parts required are for the rear centre position, which calls for a unique seat frame and moulded rear parcel shelf specific to the Australian market.

As a result, the 2020 T-Roc's local launch has been pushed back to August, and Volkswagen Australia says it has informed buyers who have already placed pre-orders online. The online option will also continue despite the delay.

The Golf-based T-Roc's companion in the compact class, the Polo-based T-Cross, remains on target for a May launch.

Pricing and specifications for the T-Roc and T-Cross have been announced already, and CarAdvice has driven both. See more at the links below.