New model releases June 2022

New model releases June 2022

13 July 2022

Between March 2022 and June 2022, the world’s leading Original Equipment Manufacturers launched many enticing new vehicle models around the world.

(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) July 2022 Motus CEO Osman Arbee says: “There are many impressive new models currently coming to the automotive market, providing more choice for motorists.”

Below is an overview of the exciting introductions and developments in motor vehicles.

Hyundai adds Grand Creta to line up

The Grand Creta expands on the popular Creta with an extra two seats, as well as a longer body and wheelbase in addition to a long list of standard features. Hyundai’s Grand Creta pairs a bold and tall stance with elegant design. The grille features dark accents to set it apart while still remaining familiar amongst its siblings. Daytime running lights are standard on all models and form part of the neat headlight cluster.

The interior of the Grand Creta is characterised by an uncluttered design complete with premium dual tone interiors and artificial leather seats. Elite derivatives are fitted with a 10.2- inch Supervision cluster and engine start button. Standout specification items include a sunroof, automatic climate control, blue ambient lighting strips and curtains for the rear windows. An infotainment system with eight-inch touch screen and connectivity for Apple’s CarPlay or Android Auto as well as a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and wireless charging are standard across the range.

The Hyundai Grand Creta is available with two powertrain options including a 2.0-litre Smartstream MPI engine and a Smartstream 1.5 litre diesel CRDi engine with the option of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The petrol powered 2.0 litre option boasts 117kW at 6500rpm and 191Nm at 4500rpm. This model is said to use 8,5 litres per 100km in manual guise and 8,9 litres per 100km when paired with an automatic gearbox. The 1.5 litre offers 85kW at 4000rpm and 250Nm between 1500 and 2750rpm, while using less than 5,0 litres per 100km on the open road or 6,5 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

Hyundai enhances i30 N hot hatch

For the first time, the i30 N will be available with N DCT, an eight-speed dual clutch transmission that offers shifting via paddles and three new N performance functions for an even sportier driving experience.

A weight reduction, thanks to new 19-inch forged alloy wheels, has resulted in a more agile handling package, while additional high-performance driving features combined with updated safety features make the new i30 N a racetrack capable everyday sports car.

Styling changes and design features made exclusively to the i30 N have been developed with a focus on dynamic performance. The design incorporates Hyundai’s cascading grille at the front, aggressive looking front and rear bumpers and a new rear spoiler. Form follows function as these elements enhance aerodynamic and cooling performance.

The interior has been designed to connect the car and driver. Central to this concept is the N steering wheel that allows for easy access to the three driving modes; Normal, Eco and Sport.

On the right hand side is the chequered flag N button for N mode, or the customised setting that is visible on the N unique cluster.

The i30 N is powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers power to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual clutch transmission (N DCT). This combination provides 206kW at 5200rpm and 392Nm from 1950rpm, which results in a very linear power delivery that ensures improved responsiveness on the road or racetrack. Hyundai claim that the i30 N can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in just 5.4 seconds, thanks to launch control, on its way to a top speed of 250km/h.

All new Hyundai Tucson goes on sale

Hyundai’s fourth-generation Tucson SUV features a bigger and wider body. Prominent geometric patterns are used throughout the design of the Tucson, most notably on the front grille, where parametric hidden lights provide a strong first impression. When the lights are switched off it appears as if the vehicle is covered in dark geometric patterns, with no distinction between the signature LED daytime running lights, which are seamlessly integrated into the grille.

With bigger dimensions in every direction, boot space has been increased and now measures 539 litres and up to 1860 litres with the rear seats folded down. The interior design sees space technology and information intersect harmoniously. The seamless integration of segment- leading technology provides occupants with an advanced and fully customisable digital experience. The new audio visual navigation (AVN) touchscreen fills the centre of the vehicle and all AVN, heat, ventilation and air conditioning functions are controlled via touch.

In South Africa, the Tucson is offered with two four-cylinder engine options. The Smartstream

2.0 petrol engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission and can be paired with Premium, Executive and Elite trim levels. Offering 115kW at 6200rpm and 192Nm at 4500rpm, Hyundai claim that this engine will use 8,9 litres per 100km.

All-new Mitsubishi Outlander wins awards

Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model of the all-new Outlander range has earned a Five Star award, the highest rating, in the Vehicle Performance 2021 car assessment by Japan New Car Assessment Program.

The all-new Outlander is Mitsubishi’s flagship model, bringing together the best in electrification and all-wheel control technologies, while also utilising a new platform that incorporates an array of advanced technologies..

Featuring Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body, the Outlander incorporates ultra-high tensile strength steel around the passenger compartment. It achieves both passenger safety and weight reduction through a combination of a high-impact absorbing front body structure and a high-durability, low-deformation passenger compartment structure. Seven SRS airbags are standard fitment on all models.

The Outlander comes standard with Adaptive LED headlights, which deliver superior night visibility by adapting the illumination range and brightness of the headlights depending on the conditions.

The all-new Outlander also won the iF Design Award, one of the most prestigious design awards, organised by the iF International Forum Design based in Hannover, Germany. This award is recognised as a symbol of design excellence around the world. In 2022, 11 000 entries were submitted to be judged by a panel of international design experts on the criteria of idea, form, function, differentiation and impact.

Mitsubishi adds Aspire models to Pajero line-up

Since first launching the Pajero Sport in 2022 and then adding the range topping Exceed to the lineup, the Pajero Sport has proven to have great aspirational value. The limited edition Aspire models are set to further cement Mitsubishi’s position as the family vehicle of choice for the SA consumer. These models bring a new level of exclusivity to discerning customers looking at buying into the Mitsubishi way of life.

Available in both 4×2 and 4×4 guise, Aspire derivatives cater for customers who desire the traditional capability, versatility, durability and comfort of the Pajero Sport, but who also want to stand out from the crowd.

Aspire derivatives are differentiated from the rest of the Pajero range by the fact that they are only available in Jet Black or White Diamond, with a two-tone roof. Black roof rails, a black front grille and 18-inch alloy wheels, also in black, complete the exclusive look.

Under the bonnet is the same Mitsubishi 2.4 litre MIVEC four-cylinder intercooled turbo diesel engine that offers 133kW and 430Nm. Power is transferred to the road via an advanced eight speed automatic transmission that ensures smooth acceleration as well as low rpm cruising, which aids in enhancing driving efficiency.

The seven-seater cabin of Aspire models features the same comfort and luxury as the rest of the Pajero range. Key features include black leather seats, power slide and reclining driver’s seat, power lumbar support dual-zone climate control and more.

Mitsubishi adds commercial model to Triton range

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa is expanding their Triton bakkie offering in order to make it a more attractive choice for fleet owners and small and medium enterprises. They have added a Triton Double Cab GL to the range with an aggressive price point. As an entry-level derivative to the Triton line up, the GL is available exclusively as a 4×2 with a six-speed manual transmission. A limited-slip differential, 75-litre fuel tank and 245/70R16 alloy wheels as well as seats that are covered with a high-grade durable fabric are befitting of its workhorse intent.

Mitsubishi’s proven DOHC intercooled turbo diesel engine, offering 100kW and 324Nm. Mitsubishi claim and impressive fuel consumption figure of 8.0 litres/100km on the combined cycle, which adds to the appeal for fleet owners.

The Triton is based on a rigid ladder chassis and double wishbones with coil springs and a stabiliser bar as well as an above the axle leaf spring rear suspension setup that offers great traction and load carrying capacity up to 1 ton.

All new BMW 2-Series goes on sale

BMW’s all-new 2 Series Coupe offers a premium classy cabin ambience, cutting edge innovations in terms of operation and connectivity as well as a wide range of driver assistance systems.

Powerful proportions set within the classical three-box design of bonnet, passenger compartment and boot embody the dynamic potential of the new 2 Series Coupe. Athletically sculpted surfaces and dynamic lines represent an expression of pure driving pleasure.

The driver-focused cockpit design and modern control panel on the centre console accentuate the sporty aura while creating a cocooning feel around the driver. Sport seats and a sporty leather steering wheel add to the engaging nature of the driving experience.

The BMW 240i xDrive Coupe is fitted with a 285kW and 500Nm six-cylinder in-line engine and intelligent all-wheel drive that is sure to reward drivers, who can choose from four-cylinder petrol or diesel variants that channel their power to the road via the rear wheels.

Ford launches special edition EcoSport Active

The EcoSport Active is based on the popular mid-range EcoSport Trend 1.0 EcoBoost Automatic but adds a number of enhancements, including a black front grille, headlamp surround and fog lamp bezels as well as sporty front and rear skirts. Black wheel arch mouldings and 17-inch Active design black alloy wheels ensure a more muscular stance.

Dark finishes extend to black mirror caps and roof rails, as well as dark-tinted privacy glass for the rear windows. A black painted roof provides a good contrast to the four available paint colours, which include Frozen White, Luxe Yellow, Solar Silver and Magnetic dark grey.

The EcoSport Active is powered by Ford’s tried and tested 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that offers a good combination of performance and fuel efficiency. The three-cylinder boasts 92kW and 170Nm and is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Ford unveils all-new Everest

The next generation Ford Everest blends off-road capability with exceptional comfort and customer-focused technology in a rugged yet refined SUV package. Three grades of the next- gen Everest have been presented, badged Sport, Titanium+ and Platinum catering for a variety of customer needs.

A wider track and longer wheelbase allowed designers to create a more progressive, muscular appearance. Inside, premium levels of craftsmanship have created a quiet and refined sanctuary for up to seven occupants, along with class leading safety and technology.

The new Ford Everest will be fitted with Ford’s proven 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 engine, one of three turbo diesel engine options available. In addition the range will include models fitted with Ford’s proven single-turbo and bi-turbo 2.0 inline four-cylinder diesels and a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Gearbox options include either a six-speed automatic of Ford’s efficient 10-speed Select Shift automatic.

All-new Isuzu D-Max goes on sale in SA

The new D-Max has been refined. The 24-strong line-up of single cab, extended cab and double cab models is available with two engine options, five specification levels, manual and automatic transmissions and in 4×2 or 4×4 guise.

The New D-Max is the seventh generation of Isuzu bakkie to be produced in Ggeberha over the past 42 years, and is a result of a R1.2 billion investment in Isuzu’s local operations. Production is for the domestic market, as well as 25 left and right-hand drive markets across the African continent.

The high series models of the D-Max range offer a smart and sophisticated cabin with an upper- class quality feel. Sharp graphics and a variety of layered and textured surfaces that incorporate soft-touch materials provide a tactile and quality feel throughout.

The new D-Max is available with a choice of two diesel engines that are set to continue Isuzu’s long-standing reputation of durability, reliability and efficiency.

The new Isuzu 1.9-litre Ddi power plant is standard fitment on all single cab models and is also available on extended and double cab derivatives. Utilising a common rail direct engine it produces a maximum power output of 110kW at 3600rpm and 350Nm from 1800rpm, while boasting superb fuel economy and low running costs.

Jeep launches Gladiator bakkie

Jeep has relied on their legendary 4×4 capability and authentic design to create the 2022 Gladiator bakkie, and it is now available in South Africa. The Gladiator embraces the core Jeep traits including rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, functionality, versatility and superior off-road dynamics. The Gladiator boasts a rugged design aesthetic that is instantly recognisable thanks to traditional Jeep design cues.

The seven-slot grille has been retained, but the grille slots have been widened to allow for additional airflow and swept back to aid with aerodynamics. LED headlamps and fog lamps project crisp white lighting, while daytime running lights form a halo around the outside perimeter of the headlights. At the rear, the traditional square taillights now also feature LED technology and are placed alongside a wide tailgate opening.

Inside the heritage inspired centre stack features a clean, sculpted form paired with the horizontal dashboard design. Leather contoured seats incorporate accent stitching an adjustable bolster and lumbar support. The front seats and steering wheel can be heated.

A proven 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that offers 209kW and 347Nm powers the Jeep Gladiator. The engine has been tuned to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque, which is necessary for off-road driving. This tried and trusted engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that offers a smooth efficient driving experience both off- road and on the highway.

All-new Lexus NX now available

Lexus have launched the second generation NX, their mid-size luxury SUV. This model is said to signify a new chapter for the Lexus brand as it heralds a new direction in design, powertrains and performance as well as the connection between the driver and machine through the Lexus Driving Signature.

The NX also debuts a new multimedia platform that takes connectivity, information and convenience to the next level and benefits from the scope and functionality of the next generation Lexus Safety System, as well as a variety of innovative driver assistance systems.

The Lexus NX 250 EX features Lexus-first technologies, such as safe exit assist incorporating new e-latch electrically activated door handles, this technology detects cyclists or vehicles passing close to the vehicle and keeps the door closed to avoid a collision.

Land Rover adds 130 to Defender range

Land Rover is expanding their Defender offering to now also include the 130 derivative. The Defender 130 ensures adventuring opportunities for up to eight adults across three rows of full sized seating. In addition, a host of unique design elements, both inside and out distinguish the new Defender 130 and balance comfort with Defender durability and capability.

The Defender’s iconic silhouette has been extended by 340mm at the rear to create increased interior space for the three rows. An extended rear overhang creates additional space in the third row and luggage area. All models are fitted with a panoramic sunroof as standard, while a second sunroof located above the third row also features on all Defender 130s.

Inside, thoughtful storage and convenience solutions are provided for every passenger across all three rows of seating, as the Defender caters for passengers in every seat, with effortless access to the spacious three-abreast third row in a bright and airy cabin.

The interior design features new colour and material options, providing an amplified all-terrain experience. The latest connected technologies and chassis systems include a new, larger 11.4- inch Pivi Pro touchscreen, standard Electronic Air Suspension and Cabin Air Purification Plus.

In South Africa the Defender 130 will be available with two engine options including the P400 mild-hybrid Ingenium six-cylinder petrol and the D300 Ingenium six-cylinder diesel. The P400 will offer 294kW and 550Nm from as low as 2 000rpm, giving it the capability to sprint from 0- 100km/h in 6.6 seconds. The D300 offers a great combination of torque, responsiveness and impressive fuel economy along with a 0-100km/h-sprint time of 7.5 seconds, thanks to a 3.0- litre, six-cylinder engine that produces 221kW and 650Nm.

Mazda updates CX-5

Mazda’s stylish and spacious SUV, the CX-5, has been treated to a significant update. The current CX-5 model was launched in 2017 and accounts for a third of the Mazda’s sold in South Africa. The major update includes an evolution of Mazda’s award-winning KODO design, with revised front and rear bumper designs as well as a new headlight and tailgate clusters. These elements combine to give the CX-5 a distinctly more modern and sharper look. Adaptive LED headlamps now include 20 segment LED arrays for better illumination and visibility. New alloy wheel designs complete the exterior upgrades.

Inside, an updated seat design helps to stabilise occupants’ heads by lessening the speed of forward, backward and sideways head movement, which makes it easier for drivers to maintain their line of sight. Optimised pelvis support creates a more natural and comfortable seating posture.

The Mazda CX-5 is available with three engine variants. The petrol options include a 2.0 litre that offers 121kW at 6000rpm and 213Nm at 4000rpm or a 2.5 litre that offers 143kW at 6000rpm and 258Nm at 4000rpm. For those that prefer a diesel option the 2.2 litre boasts 140kW at 4500rpm and 450Nm at 2000rpm.

All-new Mercedes-Maybach rolls into SA

The Mercedes-Maybach is as close to the upper extremities of the luxury segment as what one can get in South Africa, and the latest model has just arrived on our shores. The Maybach represents the ultimate in sophistication and a compilation of the finest quality materials, phenomenal craftsmanship, incomparable comfort and state of the art technology.

The Mercedes-Maybach features a longer, more supreme shape, extended wheelbase and wider doors that accentuate the vehicle’s regality while creating maximum spaciousness for the owner’s maximum comfort. Chrome highlights and trimmings add a transcendent touch and elite signature look.

The brand Maybach is known for its exquisite interiors as it is inside that the epitome of superb design and comfort is brought to life. Boasting a wide selection of the finest materials, refined surfaces and seat variations, passengers are enveloped in a sea of personal extravagance.

The Mercedes-Maybach will be available in South Africa with two engine choices, The S 580 4MATIC utilises a 4.0-litre V8 engine coupled to a 48 V on board electrical system to offer a total power output of 385kW and 900Nm. The powerful S 680 4MATIC utilises a 6.0-litre V12 engine that boasts 450kW and 900Nm.

All-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The new S-Class lights the way forward as it delivers the latest technology and extreme beauty in a spectacular fashion. The S-Class retains its short front overhang, long wheelbase and balanced rear overhang, as it remains a classical sedan with perfect proportions. A wide track and flush-mounted wheels ensure a muscular look while the character lines along the sides have been significantly reduced. A high-status radiator grille adds to the overall stature. The head and taillights contain the most phenomenally complex illumination technology available on the market today.

Inside sees the fitment of the latest MBUX operating system in conjunction with a 12.8-inch OLED central display and a 12.3-inch digital driver display. Luxury features include retractable handles, a Burmeister 4D surround sound system and Keyless-Go.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has initially been launched with two models. The S350d is fitted with a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, diesel engine that produces 210kW and 600Nm.

The S500 4Matic features a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine coupled to a 48V hybrid system. This model is capable of producing a combined output of 336kW and 770Nm.

Opel launches striking new Mokka

Opel has launched a new Mokka, which features a new striking design inspired by the GTX Xperimental Concept car. It is the first Opel to feature the latest Vizor design. The compact five- seater features short overhangs and a wide footprint. The front is dominated by the Opel Vizor, which as on a full-face helmet, features a protective visor that covers the front face as it combines the grille, LED headlights and new Opel lightning bolt logo in one design element.

Inside, the Opel Pure panel incorporates two large screens. Designers placed great emphasis on what they call a digital detox. In order to avoid distracting the driver, they have made the system as intuitive as possible with buttons controlling the most important functions, negating the need to navigate through touchscreen menus.

South African consumers can choose from two models: the Mokka Elegance and the Mokka GS Line. Both are powered by the same turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with an eight– speed automatic transmission.

The 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine offers a lively 96kW at 5500rpm and 230Nm at 1750rpm. Thanks to a linear torque curve and the smooth shifting gearbox, the Mokka will use just 6.1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

Opel Zafira returns to SA

The arrival of the fourth generation model signals the reintroduction of the Opel Zafira to the South African market and gives motorists another option in the rather limited MPV segment.

The Zafira Life offers muscular, broad proportions featuring body-coloured contact points and chrome accents. Dark tinted side windows stretch into the back of the third row, ensuring a high level of comfort and privacy for passengers. Sunshade curtains on the side windows provide an additional layer of protection. Sliding doors allow for ease of ingress and egress, even in tight spaces.

The overall design displays sculpted details, enhancing the feeling of precision and solidity. A high bonnet with two crisp lines flows from the windscreen to the grille and is framed by two distinctive headlights with LED running lights in an Opel wing design.

The Zafira is characterised by reconfigurable interiors, high levels of comfort, advanced driving aids, a state of the art infotainment system, heads-up display and adaptive cruise control. Both the Opel Zafira Life Edition and Elegance models are fitted with a refined and powerful 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that offers 110kW and 370Nm. An eight-speed automatic transmission keeps the engine in the sweet spot and ensures frugal fuel consumption of 6.3 litres/100km on the combined cycle.

All-new Range Rover Sport unveiled

The all-new Range Rover Sport is set to redefine luxury by effortlessly combining on-road performance with Range Rover refinement, progressive design and connected convenience. The exterior features taut surfacing, a dynamic stance and an easily recognisable profile. Short overhangs remain, as does the assertive front-end and steeply raked front and rear glazing.

The interior features the trademark command driving position, the latest technologies and the finest materials. New Dynamic Response Pro works hand in hand with the latest generation Dynamic Air Suspension that is fitted to all models. An intelligent system is able to enhance the bandwidth of the suspension and by doing so deliver traditional Range Rover comfort as well as dynamic handling.

When launched, the South African range will include an extended range Electric Hybrid, six- cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines as well as the all-new V8 Twin Turbo. In 2024, the new Range Rover Sport line up will expand to include a fully electric model.

Range Rover Velar range revised

Land Rover have revised their Range Rover Velar lineup in South Africa to now include plug-in and mild hybrids, as well as the popular Velar Edition among the extensive 13 model range. The Velar Edition is based on the R-Dynamic SE and now includes the full Velar paint palette with a black contrast roof complemented by Black Pack exterior detailing and 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels. A sliding panoramic roof and privacy glass have also been added.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder P400e plug-in hybrid offers a smooth and refined drive, producing a combined 297kW and 640Nm thanks to the combination between a 221kW petrol engine and a 105kW electric motor.

A 17.1kWh lithium-ion battery, located under the boot floor, can be charged to 80 percent in just 30 minutes when utilising a DC Rapid charge point, or in 1 hour 40 minutes using a standard 7kW wall box at home. With zero tailpipe emissions in electric mode, an impressive real world all electric range of 53km and fuel economy as low as 2.2 litres per 100km, the Velar features sustainability at its core.

The Velar is also available with a next generation four-cylinder Ingenium D200 diesel that offers 147kW. The straight-six D300 diesel offers 221kW and 650Nm while the four-cylinder petrol P250 boasts 184kW and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.5 seconds.

Toyota expands Coaster range

Toyota has expanded their Coaster offering with the addition of a GL variant fitted with a 2.8 GD-6 engine and an automatic gearbox. The Coaster fills the gap between the 16- seater Quantum and Hino 300-based bus conversions and provides local customers with a unique mobility solution.

The current fourth generation model went on sale internationally in 2017 and in South Africa in 2021. It features an increase in length, width and window height.

The Coaster was initially only available with a 4.0 litre turbo diesel engine sourced from the Hino range and coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. Toyota has now expanded their offering to include a more modern powertrain.

The 2.8 GD-6 common rail diesel engine offers 110kW and 420Nm, which is a significant improvement over the 4.0D engine that has been the only engine option since launch. The GD-6 is also conveniently fitted with a six-speed automatic gearbox making it easier and more comfortable to drive.

The Toyota Corolla XR sedan ticks all the boxes for golfers

The new Corolla includes a prominent lower apron, sculpted headlights and a flowing three-box design. The front bumper employs a large trapezoidal lower grille, with black-moulded border and large mesh pattern. The arrow-shaped headlights, with integrated DRL elements, flow towards the centrally mounted Toyota emblem, which is surrounded by a slim line upper grille element.

The interior features an elegantly simple design, reduced upper panel height, soft-touch finishes and brushed metal accent strips. Blue contrast stitching adds an air of sportiness and harmonises with blue illumination for the switchgear and instrument panel.

Two engine options are available for the Corolla sedan. A tried and tested 1.8-litre mill offers 103kW and 171Nm and is paired with a seven-speed CVT transmission.

The flagship XR model is only offered with the new 2.0-litre engine that boasts an impressive 125kW and 200Nm and is available alongside either a six-speed manual or a ten-speed Shiftmatic CVT. Toyota claim an impressive combined cycle fuel consumption figure of just 6.0 litres per 100km.

Toyota RAV4 range bolstered with E-Four variants

Following its launch in 2021 the Toyota RAV4 lineup has become a popular choice with consumers looking for a vehicle that combines practicality, fuel efficiency and performance. By combining the proven TNGA platform with a punchy 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain, the RAV4 Hybrid delivers a driving experience that perfectly matches these requirements

For 2022, the hybrid lineup has been revised, with a new two-grade strategy comprising the familiar GX-R and VX models. Along with the adoption of this new model strategy is a considerable bump in specification.

The GX-R boasts a stylish yet rugged exterior featuring prominent black cladding, black over fenders and a silver bumper protector. In addition hybrid derivatives feature a large trapezoidal grille along with two parallel crossbars and wide set fog lamps that frame the blue-hued Toyota insignia.

GX-R models now feature LED headlamps and daytime running lights, fog lamps, roof rails, rear spoiler and smoked alloy wheels. VX variants are further bolstered with power adjustment and a memory function for the driver’s seat, front and rear park distance control, auto high-beam functionality and auto-folding exterior mirrors.

Toyota launches all-new Starlet

Following its launch in 2020, the Toyota Starlet became an instant success. This can be attributed to the Starlet’s combination of stylish good looks, hatchback layout, comprehensive specification level and impressive fuel consumption figures. The Starlet features revised front and rear styling that includes sleek headlamps up front, chrome detailing and a sloping rear roofline that incorporates a boot spoiler. Stylish two-piece rear light clusters complete the sporty yet elegant profile.

The interior has been completely revised and now features swooping accent lines and blue detailing, with a large centrally mounted infotainment screen and easy to read instrumentation.

The Starlet is now fitted with a larger capacity 1.5-litre engine, the same as which can be found in the equally popular Urban Cruiser. This four-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine now offers increased performance totalling 77kW and 138Nm. Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption remains frugal with Toyota claiming it will use as little as 5,4 litres/100km.

Toyota to launch manual version of the Supra

The latest generation Supra is available as a race-specific GR Supra GT4 that makes it a popular model for both road and track use. Driven by strong customer demand Toyota has announced that they will add a manual gearbox derivative to the Supra range. The manual transmission has been developed for the 3.0 models in order to complement the Supra’s high-output engine and supremely capable chassis.

All GR Supra models have also been treated to enhanced handling performance and ride comfort thanks to improved steering and suspension.

Adaptive Variable Suspension control and retuned shock absorbers improve roll balance and ride comfort while modified stabiliser bushings improve initial steering response.

The newly developed six-speed manual transmission features a spherical, weighted shift knob that is easy to grip and operate from any direction. The transmission is paired with an iMT system for optimal computer-controlled engine speed matched to the driver’s clutch and shifting operations as well as for automatic throttle blipping when shifting. The final drive ration has also been revised to tailor performance in line with the manual gearbox.

Volkswagen Amarok, better in every department

Volkswagen Commercial vehicles will launch the brand-new Amarok in 2022. This model is set to be even more capable on and off-road. Designed in Germany and Australia and built in South Africa, the new Amarok hopes to regain its position at the top of the bakkie segment. The all- rounders’ innovative, premium design might be typical Amarok, but it has also been completely redefined. In terms of dimensions the newcomer measures 5350mm, which is at least 100mm longer than its predecessor. The wheelbase has increased by 175mm to 3270mm which translates into much improved interior space.

The workhorse characteristics have also been improved with a payload that has been increased to 1.2 tonnes along with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity. The load bin features enough space between the wheel arches to contain a euro pallet.

The interior of the new Amarok has been designed to be highly functional while the quality has been greatly improved thanks to intuitive controls, a digital cockpit as well as tablet style infotainment display.

Depending on the engine and gearbox combination, which varies between markets, there will be one petrol and up to four diesels to choose from, ranging from four to six cylinders and between 2.0 and 3.0 litres. The Amarok will be available in rear-wheel drive only as well as with permanent four-wheel drive.

Volkswagen adds Taigo to SUV range

Along with the T-Cross and T-Roc, the Taigo completes Volkswagen’s trio of compact SUVs in the A0 segment. By the end of the year, the Volkswagen T SUV range will comprise seven models including the T-Cross, Taigo, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, Tiguan R and Touareg.

The Taigo will be similarly sized to the T-Cross, but offers stylish coupé like styling with a sloping roof profile along with a raised seating position and pioneering connectivity. A wide array of driver assistance systems guarantees comfort and a high level of safety for all passengers. The Volkswagen T range will henceforth include the T-Cross, Taigo, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.

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