Volkswagen South Africa has confirmed the arrival of its entry-level T-Cross variants has been pushed back to August 2020.

Of course, since launch in September 2019, the local line-up has been limited to a pair of derivatives (Comfortline and Highline, with the option of an R-Line package) each powered by an 85 kW 1,0 TSI engine mated to the front axle via a seven-speed DSG.

An entry-level Trendline variant with VW’s familiar 1,0 TSI unit detuned to 70 kW (and fitted with a manual gearbox) was originally scheduled to touch down in the second quarter of 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly caused a delay. Now, however, the Wolfsburg-based firm says this base model will hit the market in August 2020.

VW SA earlier promised the Trendline variant would sport a price tag below R300 000. From what we understand, the Trendline model is expected to ship standard on 16-inch steel wheels and feature the firm’s 6,5-inch “Composition Colour” infotainment system.

In addition, a mid-tier Comfortline version with the same powertrain (including the manual cog-swapper) is scheduled to arrive at the same time.

Meanwhile, the 1,5 TSI R-Line flagship, boasting 110 kW from its four-cylinder heart, will finally hit the market in July 2020. We published pricing for this variant in April 2020 but the figure has since increased to R415 600.