(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) 6 October 2023 – Between June and August 2023, several exciting new vehicle models were launched to the market from Motus Importers, Distributors and the Motus Retail network of dealerships.
Motus Chief Executive Officer Osman Arbee says: “New model vehicles bring greater efficiency and more options for today’s motorists. We are proud to offer so many exciting new models.” Motus is South Africa’s largest importer, distributor and retailer of motor vehicle. Below is an overview of the exciting introductions and developments in motor vehicles:
Hyundai’s refreshed Grand i10 lineup now includes a sedan – An attractive, bigger, wider honeycomb grille spans the entire front section, giving the impression of a bigger car with a wider stance. Boomerang-shaped daytime running lights on Fluid derivatives along the outer sides of the grille round off the cleaned up front impression. At the rear, the horizontal lines have been straightened and the rear lights feature a more harmonious configuration. Fluid derivatives are fitted with new 15-inch alloy wheels, while Motion versions ride on 14-inch wheels with stylised wheel covers.
The biggest differentiator in the interior of the sedan and hatchback is the colour, with the hatchback finished in all black, while the sedan features a mixture between black and grey on the front dashboard and inner door trims. Both interiors feature black seats with red detail trim on the air vents and seats of all derivatives. All models feature an eight-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a manual air-conditioner. Fluid derivatives gain a multi-function steering wheel with cruise control buttons as well as remote control buttons for the infotainment system and telephone. The rear bench of the Fluid can fold down in a 60:40 split, while the Motion has a single bench backrest that folds down to enlarge the luggage area. Driver comfort is catered for by a height-adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat.
The refreshed Grand i10 hatchback is still available with a choice between two petrol engines which includes a three-cylinder 1.0-litre and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder. The newly added sedan is available with the 1.2-litre engine only. Both engines are paired to a five-speed manual transmission, while the 1.2 litre is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. The 1.0-litre offers 48,5kW at 5 500rpm and 94Nm at 3 500rpm and uses 5,5 litres per 100km in manual guise or 5,9 litres per 100km in automatic configuration on the combined cycle. The 1.2-litre boasts 61kW at 6 000rpm and 114Nm at 4 000rpm and uses 5,9 litres per 100km when fitted with the manual gearbox and 6,9 litres per 100km along with the automatic transmission in hatchback configuration. Fitted with the same 1.2-litre engine the Grand i10 sedan is capable of an average fuel consumption of 5,5 litres per 100km or 5,7 litres per 100km in manual or automatic guise respectively.
Hyundai Tucson receives N Line treatment – The Tucson N Line combines the dynamic design, comfort and advanced features of the Tucson with the motorsport inspired styling and attitude of Hyundai’s N Line. The Tucson features a progressive design, integrating sharp lines, angles and shapes as well as the Tucson’s new signature parametric jewel patterns. A low and wide stance emphasises its sporty credentials. On N Line models, the parametric jewel patterns on the grille pieces have been elaborated with edges that create additional reflections depending on the angle, while the grille also incorporates a N Line badge. Under the grille is a rectangular shaped bumper and refined air intake, which is taller and bigger than on the standard Tucson for a sportier look. The bumper, which is replicated at the rear, works harmoniously with the bright silver skid plates. At the side, the Tucson N Line is characterised by an energetic looking side moulding in body colour which offers dynamic proportions and lines to provide a slimmer look. This is complimented by a vibrant daylight opening in glossy black. Stylish phantom black side mirrors further enhance the Tucson N Line’s sleek styling. It is fitted with an aerodynamic spoiler that is longer than that of the standard model and garnished with fins. The lower rear is accentuated by a red reflector band and a diffusor. Aggressive twin tip exhausts further underline the fact that the models’ designers took many cues from the world of high-performance cars. Filling the colour-coded wheel arches are stronger and sportier 19-inch alloy wheels with parametric patterns that emphasise their geometric structure.
The interior is decorated with sporty N Line interior and an exclusive colour pack. Seats feature N branding with black suede and leather as well as red stitching. Red stitching is also woven on the door trim and armrest, while the grey cloth crash pad is garnished with red accents. N badging adorns the steering wheel and gear knob while a black headliner, metal foot pedals and doorstep inserts give the interior a sporty touch. An intuitive user experience is guaranteed thanks to a new digital 10.25- inch open instrument cluster and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen that features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A push button start system, automatic climate control, a high- definition rear-view monitor and an electric power tailgate opener complete the luxury offering.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0 litre turbocharged CRDi diesel engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and HTRAC All-Wheel Drive system. The engine develops 137kW at 4 000rpm and 416Nm of torque between 2 000 and 2 750rpm, allowing the Tucson to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9,4 seconds while using just 6,5 litres per 100km in real world combined conditions. The Tucson’s advanced HTRAC AWD transmission features a multi-mode system and provides an electronic, variable torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. Driver-selectable Normal, Eco, Sport and Smart drive modes apply specific HTRAC torque distribution settings to provide confident control in all conditions. The Tucson N Line rides on electronically controlled suspension that offers additional flexibility on the road through adaptive damping technology that takes conditions such as speed, road surfaces, cornering, stopping requirements and acceleration into account and adjusts damping accordingly.
Mitsubishi launches limited edition Triton Athlete – This vehicle boasts several unique exterior features that are sure to make it stand out in the crowded bakkie market along with a host of interior touches that elevate its premium feel significantly. Based on the top of the range Mitsubishi Triton 4×4 automatic, the Triton Athlete is inspired by the Café Racer concept that originated among British motorcycle lovers in London in the 1960s who took inspiration from the world of motorsport to personalise their motorcycles.
The Mitsubishi Triton Athlete is adorned with red touches to the front bumper lower garnish, side- step and rear bumper step that remind of motorsport body kits that featured prominently on legendary models like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
Under the bonnet is the tried and tested 2.4L MIVEC diesel engine that offers the performance to match the unique styling elements. Boasting 133kW at 3 500r/min and 430Nm at 2 500r/min it is paired with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission that features Intelligent Shift Control. Endowing the Triton with go-anywhere capability is Mitsubishi’s legendary Super Select II 4WD system that ensures optimum traction and handling on any surface. The system intuitively transfers power to the wheels with the most grip instantaneously. The selectable off-road mode maximises traction by allowing the driver to select from Gravel, Mud/Snow or Sand modes when in 4hLc to suit surface conditions and optimises engine output, transmission settings and braking for superior traction. With ground clearance of 220mm, approach and departure angles of 31 and 29 degrees respectively and a 25-degree ramp breakover angle the Triton Athlete is ready to tackle any obstacle.
Audi RS6 and RS7 receive extra dose of performance – The new Audi RS6 performance and RS7 Sportback performance are more powerful and faster than any RS6 and RS7 to date and are bursting with equipment that sharpens the models experience and promises a more emotive driving experience. These two new performance models are available in a total of 16 exterior accentuated by matte grey exterior components including the exterior mirrors, front spoiler, front side flaps, side sill inserts, roof rails, side window trim and rear diffuser. In the interior, the familiar RS design packages in grey and red have been expanded to include the colour blue. The steering wheel rim in Alcantara black features contrasting stitching in Mercato blue, as do the floor mats, the side of the centre console and the selector lever cuff. Customers can also order RS design packages in three colour variants which includes different seat material inlays.
The potent 4.0 litre V8 biturbo TFSI engine now offers an additional 22kW and 50Nm for a total output of 463kW and 850Nm, allowing for an incredible 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.4 seconds. These performance gains are possible thanks to a variety of enhancements including larger turbochargers and increased boost pressure. Power is transferred to all four wheels via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro in a seamless fashion. The strictly mechanical centre differential distributes engine power to the rear axle at a ratio of 40:60, but when slippage occurs, more drive will be transferred to the wheels with the most traction, with the front axle able to accommodate up to 70 percent of power and the rear axle as much as 85 percent.
The new RS6 Avant performance and RS7 Sportback performance roll off the line on standard 22- inch matte titanium grey, diamond turned wheels, which are also available in burnished glossy metallic black, matte black or matte neodymium gold and are fitted with performance-orientated Continental tyres. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system lets the driver fine tune the vehicle’s character from one of six profiles including efficiency, comfort, auto, dynamic as well as two customisable RS-specific modes.
Ford unveils most powerful Mustang yet – As part of a secret project, a handful of team members set about designing a Mustang to take on the best of European sports cars. The result is a limited- edition, ultra-high-performance street legal performance car with the soul of a Mustang. The 2025 Ford Mustang GTD is a technological tour de force inspired by the Mustang GT3 that is aiming for participation at Le Mans next year. A body sculpted mostly from carbon fibre and a looming rear wing hints at the fact that this is like no other Mustang.
An available aero package includes a comprehensive underbody aerodynamic tray that is also executed in carbon fibre and includes features pioneered in motorsport as well as some technology that would be illegal in racing, such as hydraulically controlled front flaps that manage airflow for aerodynamic balance in conjunction with the active rear wing.
The boot area has been occupied by semi-active suspension, a hydraulic control system, and a transaxle cooling system that uses a motorsport-inspired cover which includes two air scoops to funnel air off the back glass into the area and through the heat exchangers.
The Mustang GTD is planted to the tarmac by astounding downforce from the available active aerodynamics and enormous grip from the huge tyres mounted to an advanced dual ride height short-long arm front and multi-link rear suspension.
The interior is finished with premium materials including Miko suede paired with leather and carbon fibre for the Recaro seats, while digital displays keep drivers engaged and in full command. Rear seats have been removed in the interest of weight saving. 3D printed titanium paddle shifters, rotary dial shifter and a serial plate are made from retired Lockheed Martin F-22 titanium parts.
GWM expands their P-Series range – GWM is expanding their P-Series bakkie range with the addition of the limited edition 4×4 flagship model. The P-Series LTD is aimed at a variety of bakkie customers, as it combines excellent value for money in a comfortable and capable package. The range includes a variety of single and double cab configurations that provide a solution across the bakkie spectrum and the LTD is the cherry on top. Bolstering the range above the LS and LT models in the double cab range, the P-Series LTD is differentiated by attractive 18-inch gloss black alloy rims fitted with all- terrain tyres. Body coloured door handles and mirrors are LTD specific as is the fitment of a black sport bar, plastic bedliner, off-road steel front and rear bumpers and wheel arches that are more suited to off-road riding. Overlanding specific additions include black roof rails, a snorkel and a winch that can pull up to 4,2 tonnes.
Differentiating the top of the range P-Series LTD from other models in the range is GWM’s newly developed four-wheel drive system. While other variants are equipped with a torque on demand four-wheel drive system, the fully selectable system on the LTD facilitates a variety of configurations including 2H, 4H, Snow, Mud, Sand and 4L. The offroad system includes the cross-country expert mode and drive mode memory, which links with both the front and rear differential locks.
Under the bonnet is the same 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that offers 120kW at 3 600rpm and 400Nm from 1 500rpm and which is coupled to a slick-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Haval Jolion offers excellent value for money – Haval is expanding on the success of the Jolion with the launch of the Jolion S, which features the latest generation 1,5-litre engine as well as a variety of sporty touches, while still offering exceptional value for money. The Jolion S boasts LED headlamps upfront alongside cool-looking daytime driving lamps, while the rear LED lights are equally expressive. Styling enhancements include a unique front grille that boasts a black honeycomb pattern. Several unique blacked-out styling elements like the front and rear bumper garnish, side mirror caps, door beadings and roof rails add to the sporty appeal. The 18-inch alloy wheels have also been given the gloss black treatment to round off the overall sporty appearance. The Jolion S features the same impressive interior and high levels of standard specification as the Jolion Super Luxury. Interior specifications include paddle shifters behind the eco-leather multi-function steering wheel, a seven-inch colour instrument cluster, wireless charging, a front 12-volt power outlet and USB ports as well as a dashcam power outlet. Infotainment needs are well catered for thanks to a 12.3-inch multimedia touch screen display that incorporates Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto functionality. Other notable features include a head up display, a tyre pressure monitoring system, park distance control with a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, a large panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable seats, keyless entry with stop start and front seat warmers.
The Jolion S is fitted with a new generation 1.5-litre engine that features an upgraded turbocharger. The results is increases of 25kW and 60Nm compared to the standard Jolion, resulting in maximum power of 130kW and 270Nm. The engine is mated to a smooth shifting Dual Clutch Transmission that drives the front wheels and has been specifically programmed to keep the engine in the sweet spot in terms of performance. A unique feature in this segment is the addition of a launch control function that allows drivers to extract the maximum performance from the drivetrain when accelerating from standstill. The driver is also able to tailor the driving experience by means of four driving models as well as three steering modes.
Isuzu unveil Arctic Trucks version of latest D-Max – This vehicle comprises raised suspension, 35- inch wheels and aggressive bodywork. The Isuzu D-Max AT35 was designed in collaboration with Arctic Trucks, which is renowned for producing some of the most capable overlanding vehicles on the planet. As the range-topping model in the D-Max lineup, the AT35 appeals to buyers who want to stand out from the crowd, as well as those aiming to exploit the vehicle’s adventurous nature and its remarkable off-road capabilities. The design of the D-Max Arctic AT35 means that there is no mistaking this model for a standard bakkie thanks to aggressively flared wheelarch extensions along with the increased ride height and wider track. Also fitted are AT35 chrome badges on the front fenders and rear tailgate, wider profile side steps for easier access to the cabin and Arctic Truck mudflaps. The AT35 rides on 35-inch BF Goodrich all terrain tyres mounted to distinctive 17×10-inch AT black alloy wheels.
Traditionally these kits are fitted by Arctic Trucks or their approved dealers, but what makes the Isuzu D-Max Arctic AT35 unique is that it is assembled at the Isuzu Motors South Africa plant in Struandale, ensuring the same build quality as regular D-Max models. The Struandale plant is the only facility in the world accredited by Arctic Trucks to produce the D-Max AT35.
Muscular bodywork enhancements are added in a dedicated Arctic Trucks conversion area in the body shop, where Isuzu’s most skilled artisans and technicians craft the bigger wheel wells and arches required to accommodate the 35-inch tyres and beefed-up suspension that comprises a specially developed lift kit and Bilstein dampers. This increases ground clearance from 232mm to 266mm while also improving the 4×4 statistics in other areas. The AT35 boasts an approach angle of 33 degrees, a departure angle of 23 degrees and a break over angle of 34 degrees, which are unrivalled in the local bakkie market.
The D-Max’s proven part-time four-wheel drive system is retained, offering the choice of two-wheel drive for on-road use, as well as four-wheel drive high and low-range and an electronic rear differential lock. The AT35 is powered by Isuzu’s well-proven 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which delivers 140kW at 3 600rpm and 450Nm from 1 800rpm in its latest iteration. It is mated to the latest specification six-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, the AT35 features the same level of specification as the range topping D-Max V-Cross. However, in this case the leather-trimmed seats are embroidered with the AT35 logo, which also adorns the gearshift shroud and floor mats.
Isuzu adds value for money option to mu-X range – Isuzu has added a value-oriented version of its mu-X seven-seater SUV in the form of the 1.9 LS 4×2 AT. This new budget friendly derivative, along with the addition of a 4×4 version of the 3.0 LSE, expands the local lineup to a total of six models.
According to Isuzu, the entry level 1.9-litre significantly broadens the appeal of the mu-X as it is perfect for customers who are drawn to the outstanding space, comfort and versatility that the mu- X offers but who require greater affordability and lower running costs. The competitive pricing makes it an attractive proposition for customers looking to step up from a sedan, hatchback or bakkie.
Under the bonnet is Isuzu’s 1 899cc four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel engine, as used in the D- Max bakkie range. This engine is renowned for its gutsy performance, outstanding fuel economy and trusted durability that are possible thanks to a high-pressure common rail direct injection system and high-efficiency variable geometry turbocharger.
The 1.9 Ddi engine offers 110kW at 3 600rpm and 350Nm available from 1 800rpm and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, that provides a seamless driving experience. A rear differential lock is fitted as standard to aid traction on slippery surfaces.
The spacious cabin has received updates in terms of dark Magnetite accents that enhance the sophisticated look and feel. Standard leather trim adds a further touch of luxury while the driver’s seat boasts eight-way power adjustment and the front passenger seat four-way adjustment. A seven- inch touchscreen system with integrated Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi and front and rear USB charging ports provide seamless smartphone connectivity and charging options while on the move. Front and rear parking sensors along with a rear-view camera make parking manoeuvres a cinch.
Jeep launches five-seater Grand Cherokee – Jeep has introduced the five-seater Grand Cherokee in South Africa alongside the luxury seven-seater long-wheelbase version. As with its stablemate, the five-seater Grand Cherokee features an all-new architecture, all-new exterior design and all new interior.
The Grand Cherokee’s slim, sculpted exterior ensures a modern, updated, premium appearance. Upfront a wider, larger seven-slot grille and new front fascia conceal long-range radar and other advanced technology features. A lowered, tapered roof improves aerodynamic performance and efficiency without sacrificing cargo space and practicality. A low beltline and expansive glass allow for increased outward visibility.
With 4 094 litres of total interior passenger volume and 1068 litres of cargo space, the new Grand Cherokee offers enhanced levels of comfort and space. The luxury interior has evolved and now features the best materials and amenities. The dashboard houses slim air-conditioner vents, a re- aligned centre stack for greater driver accessibility as well as dual 10.1-inch digital screens and a 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display. The centre console is home to updated switches, more storage space and a wireless charger. 16-way adjustable front seats feature power lumbar and memory functions while higher specification models include a massage function. Heated/vented seats are available for all passengers.
All models in the Grand Cherokee range are fitted with a state-of-the-art McIntosh audio system that comprises 19 speakers and offers Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring capability. Despite being a luxury vehicle, these days the Grand Cherokee still has the technology and capability to tackle serious off-road terrain. This technology includes the renowned Quadra-Trac II 4×4 system, Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain traction management. The Quadra Trac II system features an active transfer case to improve traction by moving torque to the work wheel with the most grip. Quadra-Lift, now with electronic semi-active damping, delivers ground clearance of up to 287mm and 610mm of water fording while featuring five height settings for optimum ride performance.
Selec-Terrain lets customers choose the on- or off-road setting needed for optimum performance across a variety of terrains from one of five modes. Front axle disconnect automatically places the Grand Cherokee in a two-wheel drive configuration, reducing drag and improving fuel economy with four-wheel drive automatically re-engaging when the vehicle senses it is needed.
Under the bonnet is a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that offers 210kW and 344Nm and is mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. This enhances fuel economy and delivers crisp and smooth gear changes. A wide spread of gear ratios helps keep the engine in the ideal rev range whether its cruising on the highway or exploring off-road trails.
Land Rover Discovery Sport refreshed – The Land Rover Discovery Sport is versatile by design and ready for family adventures thanks to seven seats has been treated to a redesigned interior. The dramatically refined interior includes all the modern luxury features including the latest Pivi Pro infotainment system displayed on an elegant single curved glass touchscreen, as well as all the practical stowage, seat configurations and wellness technologies that make it a favourite among active modern families. The interior feels bright, spacious and airy with stadium-style seating for optimum visibility in all three rows and the use of finely crafted, tactile materials. The interior now features a new gear shifter surrounded by a dark anodised aluminium trim finisher and an elegant three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. Dynamic SE models feature DuoLeather interiors with up to three colour options. Suedecloth paired with luxuriously soft, no-leather Luxtec, made from recycled polyester microfibre is also available as an option. Dynamic HSE models are available with Ebony Windsor leather alongside Lunar Grey contrast detailing on the seats. Available with up to seven seats, the Discovery Sport’s versatile and spacious interior ensures generous room and comfort for all, with up to 24 possible seating configurations. The second row of seats slide and recline with a 40:20:40 split, while a load area of up to 1 794 litres with the rear seats folded down. A powered tailgate allows for the loading of a wide variety of luggage items.
All Discovery Sport models now feature a digital instrument cluster and steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles as standard, while the redesigned and simplified centre console boasts an elegant new floating 11.4-inch curved glass touchscreen. The latest Pivi Pro infotainment set up features permanently accessible side bars, which provide shortcuts to key vehicle controls and functions, such as media, volume, climate and navigation that allow users to perform up to 90 percent of tasks within two taps of the home screen.
The Discovery Sport now features one of the most sophisticated interior air quality technologies available thanks to Cabin Air Purification Plus. With PM2.5 Filtration and CO2 management, the system helps to promote wellbeing for the whole family, as well as heighten alertness for the driver by monitoring and controlling CO2 levels inside. The advanced system utilises nanoe X technology to combat pathogens and help to significantly reduce odours, bacteria and allergens, while the Air Quality Index app technology allows clients to monitor outside air quality at their location and their destination on screen.
The Discovery Sport features one of the most comprehensive suites of camera technologies in its class, with greater driver reassurance courtesy of 3D surround cameras and ClearSight Ground View projected onto the central touchscreen. The ClearSight Rear View Mirror ensures an unobstructed view behind the vehicle regardless of what is loaded into the back. The Discovery Sport features one of the most comprehensive suites of camera technologies in its class, with greater driver reassurance courtesy of 3D surround cameras and ClearSight Ground View projected onto the central touchscreen. The ClearSight Rear View Mirror ensures an unobstructed view behind the vehicle regardless of what is loaded into the back. The Discovery Sport has also been treated to a variety of subtle exterior upgrades. Dynamic models adopt a more assertive and purposeful look thanks to a contrast roof and exterior accents including Discovery script, grille, lower body sills and lower bumpers finished in distinctive gloss black as well as gloss black front claw detailing on the bumpers and wheel arches. Bold new optional alloy wheel designs include 21-inch and 19-inch options.
With the Discovery Sport, Land Rover continues to offer a range of efficient plug-in electric hybrid and mild hybrid electric powertrains that offer a great combination of efficiency and performance. New battery chemistry on the P300e offers an improved real-world range of up to 47km, offering the capability to complete daily journeys in hushed electric driving mode. The electric hybrid combines an Ingenium 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine with an electric motor and 14.9kWh lithium-ion battery. The lineup is completed by the D200 Ingenium diesel model.
All new Lexus NX goes on sale – This vehicle signals a fresh chapter for Lexus, with new directions in design, powertrains and dynamic handling that ensure a more rewarding and connected driving experience. Next generation multimedia and connectivity coupled with the application of advanced technologies ensures higher levels of safety, comfort, and convenience. The new NX is the next step for a model that has been very successful for Lexus and demonstrates major advances in performance, handling and efficiency in a vehicle that is 95 percent brand new. Giving customers a broad appeal is the fact that the new Lexus NX is offered with no fewer than three different powertrains along with three grades including an F Sport option on the hybrid model for the first time.
The new NX marks a significant evolution of Lexus design that expresses a more sophisticated, dynamic and mature appearance while conveying a muscular demeanour. The NX displays balanced, strong proportions with road-gripping stance. Upfront, the Lexus spindle grille is set more upright and is more subtly framed. Wider front and rear tracks contribute to the more agile and powerful look with a long, sleek bonnet, short overhangs and wheel arches that can accommodate the large diameter 20-inch wheels. At the rear, distinctive new features include Lexus blade lighting that spans the width of the tailgate and the use of the Lexus name in place of the emblem, creating a more modern and simple look.
The NX is the first model to feature Lexus’ Tazuna cockpit design and it is focused on giving the driver direct, intuitive vehicle control following the principle of hands on the wheel, eyes on the road. The cockpit space curves around from the driver’s door to the centre console with the multimedia screen, multi-information display, combimeter and heads up display grouped in a unified area where they can be read with minimal eye or head movement. Controls such as the starter button, shift lever, air- conditioning controls and drive mode selector are set on the same plan for easy and intuitive operation. The new Lexus multimedia platform meets customer priorities for fast, intuitive on-board connectivity including via natural voice commands. The system features a 14-inch display that offers high-definition graphics in all lighting conditions.
The NX 350h utilises the brand’s fourth-generation hybrid technology and pairs two electric motors and an all-new lithium-ion battery pack with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, resulting in a combined power output of 179kW while using just 5,0 litres per 100 kilometres. The NX hybrid is fitted with the latest version of Lexus E-CVT, an intelligent CVT that has an infinite number of gear ratios at its disposal. The transmission monitors factors such as vehicle speed, road conditions and driver input to operate the engine at its most efficient speed to either propel the car or charge the batteries.
The NX250 is equipped with a smooth, direct injected 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that offers 152kW and 243Nm while using 7,1 litres per 100km. The NX350 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that boasts 205kW and 430Nm resulting in an impressive 0-100km/h sprint time of 7 seconds, while using a respectable 8,1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
Much anticipated Mazda CX-60 goes on sale – This vehicle is the culmination of Mazda’s many years of experience and it offers the perfect balance between beauty, performance and functionality. The CX-60 represents everything Mazda has built into its DNA over the last 100 years, including outstanding interior and exterior design, the finest Japanese craftmanship and the latest innovations in human-centric technologies and powertrains available.
Careful and meticulous development of the imposing front face and long nose versus rear silhouette gives the Mazda CX-60 a powerful and dynamic shape. The front grille adopts an adjusted aspect ratio which shows off the height of the grille and the signature wing features illumination functionality that further accentuates the powerful look of the grille. The CX-60s headlight arrangement features vertically stacked lamps and an L-shaped lighting signature that creates a new expression that conveys the strength of an SUV. In profile, the rearward positioning of the cabin lends the vehicle a dynamic sense of movement. At the rear, the lighting signature also adopts an L-shaped design that matches that of the front lamp clusters.
Mazda’s famous sleek design language gives the CX-60 an edgy, stylish road presence while the interior layout is created with the driver in mind. Since its inception, Mazda has aimed at creating vehicles that instantly make the driver feel at home. As automotive technology has evolved it has become increasingly important to ensure that all these systems are developed to improve the driving experience for the people inside the vehicle and the Mazda CX-60 proves that over 100 years later, the secret to automotive excellence still lies with placing the driver first.
The CX-60 boats generous proportions in all directions resulting in spacious accommodation for all occupants, as well as generous load space. Including under-floor storage, the Mazda CX-60 has a 570- litre load space capacity, increasing to 1 148 litres with the rear seats folded flat and 1 726 litres when loaded to the ceiling. The vehicle adopts Mazda’s first rear wheel drive based AWD system that uses an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch. This full-timed 4WD system combines the neutral cornering performance characteristics of rear-wheel drive and balances it with the stability of all- wheel drive.
In South Africa, the Mazda CX-60 will be available with one engine option in the form of the 2.5 litre four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC S-VT (Skyactiv-G) petrol with i-Stop. The result is 141kW and 261Nm and a great balance between power and efficiency. This engine is paired to an eight-speed torque convertor automatic transmission that offers smooth and responsive gear shifting.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class now available in SA – This vehicle offers perfectly balanced proportions, high- quality attention to detail in its design, the latest generation MBUX system and a model range that is rigorously geared to customer wishes in the compact segment. The A-Class will continue to be offered in both hatchback and sedan configurations. The front end of the A-Class is dominated by a forward sloping bonnet with two power bulges and a steep shark nose, a redesigned radiator grille with star pattern and flat headlamps. The sporty character is underlined by externally flush wheels with four rim designs available up to 19 inches. A new rear diffuser and standard LED rear lights ensure a fascinating and emotionally appealing appearance.
The interior is dominated by a freestanding dual-screen display with a seven-inch and larger 10.25- inch display taking centre stage. The internal architecture features a very special lighting ambience reminiscent of the illumination of a futuristic building at night. The three round turbine-look air vents, so typical of Mercedes-Benz, are a homage to the world of aviation. A revised steering wheel is covered in nappa leather as standard, it is compact and it matches the high-tech character of the redesigned centre console. A high-quality comfort seat features new, three-dimensionally embossed Artico upholstery which further emphasises the sportiness of the vehicle. A new dark carbon-fibre look trim element enhances both the instrument panel and the doors. The AMG Line features bright brushed aluminium trim and red contrasting topstitching on the Artico/Microcut seats.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be offered with a choice of two engines across the hatch and sedan body styles. A 200 Hatch and Sedan models are fitted with a four-cylinder 1,3 litre engine that is paired with a 7G-DCT transmission and offers 120kW at 5 500rpm and 270Nm while using 5,6 litres per 100km. The A 200 d Sedan features a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that is paired to an 8G-DCT resulting in 110kW at 5 500rpm and 320Nm from 1 400rpm and uses just 4,5 litres per 100km.
Mercedes-Benz continues SL tradition – During its 70-year history, the Mercedes-Benz SL has transformed from a thoroughbred racing car to an open top luxury sports car, and in its latest iteration it combines the sportiness of the original SL with the unique luxury and technological excellence of modern Mercedes-AMG models. For example, the SL43 is the first series produced vehicle to feature an electric exhaust gas turbocharger, technology that comes directly from Formula One. With its combination of a comparatively light four-cylinder engine on the front axle and rear- wheel drive, the SL43 offers distinctly discreet handling characteristics.
Defining features include a long wheelbase, short overhangs, a long bonnet, the passenger compartment set further back with a steeply raked windscreen and a powerful rear end that results in typical SL proportions. A technical highlight for improving aerodynamics is the Airpanel active air control system that feature louvres behind the upper air intake that are electronically controlled and can be opened and closed via actuator motors. In this way, the airflow is directed according to demand, improving aerodynamic performance. In the closed position, the louvres reduce air resistance. Only once particular components have reached certain temperatures are the louvres opened to allow for maximum cooling air to flow to the heat exchangers. Seamlessly integrated into the vehicle’s profile is a retractable rear spoiler that changes position depending on the driving status and a variety of parameters including speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration and steering speed with five different settings that either optimise handling or reduce drag.
The interior features an exciting combination of analogue geometry and the digital world. This is exemplified by the fully digital instrument cluster, which is integrated into a three-dimensional visor. The standard MBUX infotainment system offers a choice of several specific display styles and different modes. Despite being symmetrical, the cockpit design creates a clear focus on the driver. The high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD screen is integrated into a hi-tech visor that prevents reflections caused by sunlight. In order to avoid light reflections, the tilt of the 11.9-inch Central Display touch screen on the centre console can also be electrically adjusted from 12 to 32 degrees.
As standard, the SL43 comes with newly developed AMG Ride Control steel suspension equipped with aluminium shock absorbers and lightweight coil springs. The new SL is the first production vehicle ever from Mercedes-AMG to feature a multi-link front axle with five links arranged entirely within the rim, which significantly improves the kinematics. At the rear, a five-link design helps put the power down efficiently.
Under the bonnet is an in-line four-cylinder, two-litre petrol engine that features an electric exhaust gas turbocharger. This new technology guarantees particularly spontaneous throttle response across the entire rev range. This offers an even more dynamic driving experience while increasing efficiency. The turbocharger is operated via a 48-volt electrical system, which also feeds the belt-driven starter generator (RSG). The result is an output of 280kW and a maximum torque of 480Nm, plus and additional short-term boost of 10kW and 150Nm from the RSG in certain driving situations.
Power is transferred to the rear wheels via an AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission. This transmission features a wet clutch which replaces the torque converter to reduce weight and optimise response to accelerator pedal input, especially during spurts and load changes. The specifically calibrated software ensures extremely short shift times as well as fast multiple downshifts when required. Race Start ensures optimal acceleration from a standstill.
Opel launches grander Grandland – This vehicle has been launched with a refreshed design, intuitive controls, and innovative technologies. The range consists of three models comprising a Grandland, Grandland GS Line mid-range model and top of the range Grandland Ultimate. All models are fitted with the same 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.
The design features typically clear lines and now features the Opel Vizor design treatment that first made its appearance on the Mokka. The signature Opel crease accents on the bonnet form part of Opel’s new design philosophy that is also reflected at the rear where the Grandland name and Blitz logo are proudly positioned in the middle of the tailgate.
The bumpers and side panels are now finished in high-gloss black or body colour depending on the derivative, while underbody skid-plates are high-gloss black or silver. The new model is also available with a characteristic two-tone roof.
With a fully digital Pure Panel, the new model offers the driver a completely unique cockpit experience. The Pure Panel combines a seven-inch Driver Information Centre with a similar-sized colour touchscreen for operating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior places a big focus on comfort and ergonomics. The seats in Grandland models are trimmed in cloth, Alcantara in GS Line derivatives and leather in Ultimate models where they also feature adjustments such as electric seat tilt to electro-pneumatic lumbar support. Passengers can enjoy the latest in connectivity thanks to modern multimedia systems that culminate with the Multimedia Navi Pro.
The Grandland range is powered by Opel’s well proven 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops 121kW at 6 000rpm and 240Nm at 1 400rpm. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which ensures effortless driving across all conditions and transfers power to the front wheels. Efficiencies are sought everywhere, resulting in a combined fuel consumption figure of 7,0 litres per 100km.
Range Rover launches most powerful model yet – Range Rover has unveiled the Range Rover Sport SV, which is said to be the most powerful and dynamic Range Rover ever as it blends performance and dynamism with Range Rover capability, refinement and reductive design. The Range Rover Sport assumes its position at the pinnacle of the refreshed Range Rover Sport lineup. An exclusive airflow enhanced design delivers a more assertive and grounded aesthetic, with functional lightweight and technical material choices throughout reinforcing its performance capabilities.
The Range Rover Sport SV’s high-performance-honed exterior design includes an exclusive airflow enhanced front end, reprofiled lower body sides and functional carbon fibre-tipped quad tailpipes. Carbon fibre detailing on the Range Rover script, front bumper blades, grille surround, bonnet and side vents can be supplemented with an exposed finish for the centre section of the carbon fibre bonnet.
Inside the cockpit-like cabin, exclusive satin carbon fibre-backed SV performance seats feature integrated headrests, sculpted bolsters and illuminated SV logos on the backrest. Translucent edge- lit gear shift paddles nestle behind the steering wheel with more pronounced thumb grips, while black ceramic for the console gear shifter gives a cool to touch feel.
The Range Rover Sport SV introduces Body and Soul Seat (BASS), a multi-dimensional audio experience with wellness benefits that allow front seat occupants to feel the sound. It is also the first production vehicle to incorporate a tactile audio system from industry leader SUBPAC, technology used by the world’s top recording artists and composers. BASS analyses media in real-time, generating high fidelity audio vibrations to create the most engaging and immersive in-car audio as it works in combination with the 29-speaker 1430W Meridian Signature Sound System.
Under the bonnet is a new 4.4-litre Twin-Turbo MHEV V8 petrol engine that boasts 467kW and 750Nm and ensures that it can accelerate from 0-100km/h in as little as 3.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 290km/h. Aiding this performance is a variety of weight saving features including the world’s first 23-inch carbon fibre wheel option on a production car, carbon ceramic brakes and standard-fit aerodynamic enhancements including a carbon fibre bonnet.
The 6D Dynamics suspension system is the most sophisticated in its class, debuting a world-first combination of hydraulic interlinked dampers, height-adjustable air springs and pitch control.
Enhancements to entire Range Rover Sport lineup – The Range Rover Sport lineup has received a suite of updates, including a new plug-in electric hybrid with extended EV range and the integration of the latest generation Pivi Pro infotainment technology. The new P460e, replaces the P510e, offering EV range of up to 121km. With its new transmission when combined with the 3.0-litre six-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, the electric hybrid produces 338kW and 800Nm of torque. The interior has been enriched with intuitive new technologies and combines effortless connectivity and the latest touchscreen with the Pivi Pro infotainment system allowing for intuitive control of all vehicle functions through the elegant 13.1-inch floating glass display.
Subaru Crosstrek goes on sale in SA – The all-new Subaru Crosstrek is now available in South Africa boasting next generation vehicle safety, refinement, comfort and capability. The Crosstrek replaces the previously marketed Subaru XV as it takes up the role of compact SUV in the Subaru range alongside the Forester and Outback. The Crosstrek’s design represents a bold and non-conformist form evoking a sense of playfulness and adventure. A hexagonal 3D grille is flanked by sharper headlight clusters and bulging wheel arches. Extensive wheel arch cladding and rocker panels reinforce the SUV styling while the rear features pronounced C-shaped taillight clusters.
The Subaru Crosstrek features a rich cabin experience as the new model takes a significant leap forward in terms of in-car refinement and human-centred design. The Crosstrek features Subaru’s latest interior design, driver multi-function display and steering wheel as well as a new 11.6-inch central display. Flagship models are fitted with the larger portrait layout HD display that runs the latest Subaru infotainment architecture and facilitates functionality such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, vehicle settings for the EyeSight Driver Assistance features and X-Mode settings to name a few. The Crosstrek is also fitted with Subaru’s innovative Driver Monitoring system that monitors driver fatigue or drowsiness. Via facial recognition this system has the ability to detect up to five faces and their related driver profiles regarding seating position and climate control preferences. As with all Subaru models sold in South Africa, Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System is a standard feature across the range and has been refined with faster response times that enhance the vehicle’s agility and control across different driving environments and surfaces.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder liquid-cooled boxer engine that produces 115 kW at 6 000rpm and 196Nm at 4 000rpm. The engine is coupled to a quieter, more efficient CVT that also features paddles shifters for the selection of eight pre-set ratios. Active Torque Vectoring and SI- Drive driving mode management system are standard fare on the new Crosstrek and have been optimised for improved driver feel.
Toyota GR Corolla races into SA – Toyota’s latest addition to the Toyota Gazoo racing portfolio, the GR Corolla, features a turbocharged petrol engine, all-wheel drive, wider front and rear track, completely overhauled suspension and design features and styling that clearly set it apart from the rest of the Corolla family.
Based on the popular Corolla hatch, the GR Corolla is underpinned by the acclaimed TNGA-C platform which has been significantly enhanced for high performance driving dynamics. Track has been increased by 60mm at the front and 90mm at the rear to facilitate optimal grip and roadholding and the front and rear wheel arches have been extended by 20 and 30mm respectively to accommodate these increases and at the same time emphasise the vehicles wide and low stance.
The GR Corolla features a completely revised front end centred around the blacked-out signature functional matrix grille which features a powerful square design offering superb cooling performance for the radiator, turbocharger and brakes. Side air curtains channel air into the wheel arches and out via ducts behind the fenders. A large under spoiler with raised central and horizontal section controls airflow under the vehicle and reduces drag while aero spats placed underneath the lower bumper aid aerodynamics. LED headlights with automatic high beam are surrounded by the same sweeping daytime running light as the Corolla hatch.
The interior include a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and a redesigned centre console that houses the short-throw shift lever. Aluminium pedals are perfectly spaced for heel/toe driving. Heated sport seats are upholstered in a mixture of Brin-Naub suede and leather.
At the heart of the GR Corolla is a high-performance turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine that offers 221kW at 6 500rpm and 360Nm from 3 000rpm.Transforming this power into forward momentum is a variety of innovative components. The TNGA-C architecture offers excellent torsional rigidity. Engineers have further strengthened the chassis with an additional 349 spot welds and the GR Corolla gains 2 784mm of structural adhesive. Reinforcement braces have been added to the underfloor, front and rear suspension members and between the rear wheels.
Limited edition Toyota Hilux Raider X features unique exterior – Based on the Raider 2.4 GD-6 4×4 the newcomer replaces the standard Raider 2.4 4×4 variants for a limited period and are easily distinguished thanks to a bespoke exterior package. Exclusive exterior features include all-new 17- inch, bi-tone, diamond-polished, chrome and black multi-spoke alloy wheels, chunky matt black over fenders with distinctive red insert detailing, a chrome inset bar with Hilux badging, louvre matt black styling bar and integrated tonneau cover as well as unique Raider X badging. Adding an extra dose of practicality is a fully rubberised cargo bed and a spring-loaded tailgate assist function which makes light work of opening and closing the tailgate.
Under the bonnet is the proven 2.4-litre diesel powerplant employing DOHC 16-valve, inline four- cylinder architecture and delivering 110kW and 400Nm while using 7,6 litres per 100km in manual guise and 7,7 litres per 100km in automatic configuration. The interior includes a variety of standard comfort and convenience features including cruise control, a TFT multi-info display within the instrument cluster, a large screen display that facilitates Apple CarPlay, Android and Bluetooth functionality, steering wheel controls for audio, telephone, info display and voice commands as well as a reverse camera.
Volkswagen adds single cab to Amarok range – The new model marks the return of the German brand to the workhorse segment. The new Volkswagen Amarok, which was designed in Germany and Australia, is built in South Africa at Ford’s Silverton plant. Local production makes it easier for Volkswagen to bring additional models to market as part of an extensive product portfolio and facilitated the return of the Volkswagen Amarok single cab to the market. It features a modern design which includes a charismatic front section and a straight, very upright bonnet with unambiguous Volkswagen DNA.
The Volkswagen Amarok will be available with a choice of two turbo diesel engines. The 110kW 2.0 TDI is based on a four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission and offers 110kW and 350Nm while using 6,9 litres per 100km. The 125kW 2.0 TDI four-cylinder derivative is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and produces 125kw and 405Nm while still using only 6,6 litres per 100km.
Standard specification includes 16-inch steel wheels, a full-sized spare wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat and LED headlights. Creature comforts include Bluetooth, a 10-inch colour touch-screen infotainment screen, eight-inch partial active-info display for the instrument cluster, electrically foldable mirrors, multi-function steering wheel and front centre armrest. Passenger safety is taken care of by driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags.
The Amarok single cab 2.0 TDI 125kW 4×2 and Amarok Single Cab 2.0 TDI 125kW 4Motion derivatives offer additional specification which includes 17-inch Combra alloy wheels, a rear differential lock, towbar and raised suspension. The new Amarok can accept a Euro pallet between its arches, allowing two Euro pallets to be loaded in sideways and secured via integrated rings that can each take a load of 500 kilograms. In line with this loading capacity, the maximum payload has increased to 1.16 tons while the new Amarok impresses with a towing capacity of 3 tons.