(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) 12 June 2023 – Between February and May 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: “Access to affordable, high quality mobility solutions is more important than ever before. Motus is pleased to be able to offer so many new model options to South African motorists.” As South Africa’s largest importer, distributor and retailer of motor vehicles, Motus works hard to offer new vehicle releases first.
Below is an overview of the exciting introductions and developments in motor vehicles:
Hyundai updates the Palisade for 2023 – The range consists of the seven-seater Palisade R2.2 Elite and eight-seater Palisade R2.2 Elite, both of which are fitted with Hyundai’s H-Trac all-wheel drive system and frugal 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine. The exterior features a premium bold appearance, which includes a new front and rear bumper fascia, a new front grille, updated headlamps and daytime running lights as well as a new multi-spoke 20-inch wheel design.
The wider, cascading black chrome grille contains rugged parametric shield elements, while the headlight signature incorporates new vertically connected LED composite lights that frame the grille. The powerful extended hood profile creates an impressive road presence, while the bold C-pillars and panoramic side glass graphics convey generous third- row spaciousness.
The interior has been enhanced with a new instrument panel, gauge cluster and audio interface design. Updates include a new steering wheel, new seating surfaces and materials and second-row armrest angle adjusters in the seven-seater derivative. The updated infotainment system now includes a wider high-definition display screen, the addition of USB-C ports, enhanced 15W wireless device charging, enhanced dynamic voice recognition, an infinity 12-speaker sound system and new customisable user settings. Two Bluetooth devices can now simultaneously be connected to the infotainment system.
The Palisade is powered by an R2.2 turbocharged diesel engine that offers 142kW at 3 800rpm and 440Nm from 1 750rpm and Hyundai claim that it will use as little as 8,2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle. Power is transferred to the HTRAC four-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission which does a great job of keeping the car in the torque band. The HTRAC AWD system features a variety of modes via which the driver can tailor the driving experience according to the weather or road conditions.
Hyundai launches Venue Cargo light commercial vehicle – This model features a spacious, secure cargo hold and 500kg payload that promises to be a popular choice for businesses looking for a small commercial vehicle. It also offers the advantage for VAT registered businesses of being able to claim back the tax on the purchase. The Venue Cargo features a large cargo area, thanks to the removal of the rear seat bench as well as a steel mesh partition for extra security between the front passenger compartment and the loading area. In addition, smaller steel grids have been fitted to the rear side window openings and the rear window of the hatchback, which ensure added security while also preventing the glass from being damaged by the goods being transported.
The interior offers intuitive controls and excellent use of exterior dimensions to create a spacious cabin for the driver and front passenger. The loading area behind the front seats measures a massive 1 296 litres and 1 200mm in both length and width while being 900mm high. Convenience features include an infotainment system that incorporates an eight-inch display audio touchscreen system and rear-view monitor. This system allows for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring, ensuring that drivers who spend a lot of time behind the wheel can safely manage their daily functions, calls and navigation. Drivers will also appreciate the USB cell phone charging ports, a Supervision 4,2-inch TFT LCD display offering useful information for the driver and Bluetooth hands- free operation as well as a manual air-conditioner.
Under the bonnet is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder Kappa 1.2-litre MPi petrol engine that offers 61kW and 115Nm. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The engine boasts an average fuel consumption figure of 6,5 litres per 100km on the combined cycle. McPherson struts along with a stabiliser bar and coil springs are utilised upfront while a coupled torsion beam axle with coil springs ensures good road holding and the ability to carry a big cargo load.
Leading legacy: The new Kia Sportage CRDi – The introduction of the turbodiesel models is set to bolster popularity while simultaneously addressing the needs of diesel fans in the competitive compact and medium SUV segment. Kia’s new design language – Opposites United – is at the core of the all-new Sportage, influencing every aspect of its appearance and character, with overall design executed collaboratively between Kia’s global centres in Korea, Germany, and the U.S.A. The striking design gives Sportage a dynamic and assertive road presence from all angles, complemented by a range of 12 different exterior colours that allow customers to truly express their personality. Throughout the cabin, the highest quality materials that are pleasing to touch have been used, with driver and front passenger seats crafted to combine innovation and comfort in a sporting slim design. An ergonomic centre console has been optimally positioned for the driver and front passenger, providing storage, operating system configuration, cup-holders and soft-touch switches. Depending on the model, a smartphone charging bay offers high-speed wireless charging.
The new additions to the Sportage range are powered by a 1,6-litre turbodiesel engine, also available exclusively with an advanced version of Kia’s 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The 1,582cc Common Rail Direct Injection diesel engine delivers 100 kW of power at 4,000 r/min, with 320 Nm of torque available between 2,000 and 2,250 r/min. The 1.6 CRDi engine and 7-speed DCT pairing endows Sportage with an optimal balance between power, performance and frugality. It completes the 0- to 100 km/h sprint in 11,4 seconds, with a top speed of 180 km/h. CO2 emissions are rated at 129 g/km in the combined cycle.
The new CRDi engine option complements the 1,6-litre T-GDi petrol engine already available in the range. The 1,598cc turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection engine delivers 132 kW of power at 5,500 r/min, with 265 Nm of torque available between 1,500 and 4,500 r/min. It allows the Sportage to reach the 100 km/h mark in 8,8 seconds, with a top speed of 201 km/h. CO2 emissions are rated at 149 g/km in the combined cycle.
The fifth generation Sportage – built on the company’s new N3 architecture – is equipped with a MacPherson strut type suspension at the front and a four-link type set-up at the rear. The combination results in an SUV with a refined, stable and comfortable ride with agile and dynamic handling, supported by an advanced steering system that has been meticulously tuned to help bring these qualities together. Stopping power is provided by ventilated discs at the front (325 mm) and solid discs at the rear (300 mm).
The not-so-entry-level Sportage LX features a comprehensive list of standard features that includes, but is not limited to, LED headlamps with auto light control, LED daytime running lights and LED fog lamps. At the rear, a combination of LED and bulb lamps are employed for the taillights and rear fog lamps. Outside mirrors are electrically adjustable and foldable, with integrated side repeater lamps. 17-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior design.
The mid-tier Sportage EX builds on this solid foundation. From the outside, the Sportage EX gains a gloss black front grille as well as front parking assist sensors. Wheels are upgraded to 18-inch alloys.
The Sportage GT-Line Plus package ticks all the boxes with aplomb. In comparison to the mid-tier EX models, the exterior is distinguished by deluxe scuff plates that add a sportier touch, as well as a panoramic glass sunroof, and strikingly sporty 19-inch alloy wheels. Its black exterior trims are also upgraded to a gloss black for a sportier, more luxurious look.
Mitsubishi expands Eclipse Cross model range – The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross combines the sporty shape of a coupé with the space and practicality of an SUV. The unmistakable dynamic shield front face is flanked by twin oval headlamps that contribute to the high-tech image. At the rear, a sculpted hexagonal design incorporates a single piece of glass, and the rear lamps feature a distinctive three- dimensional Y-shaped design. The exterior design integrates the latest model year updates which now includes colour-coded bumpers and heated exterior door mirrors.
The Eclipse Cross is still offered with two engine variants. This includes the 2.0 litre MIVEC DOHC 16- valve four-cylinder engine that boasts 110kW at 6 000rpm and 198Nm at 4 200rpm. The top of the range Eclipse Cross GLS Exceed is fitted with Mitsubishi’s latest 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that makes use of turbocharging to offer 110kW at 5 500rpm and 250Nm at 3 500rpm while at the same time being extremely fuel efficient. A big contributor to this combination of performance and fuel efficiency is Mitsubishi’s eight-step INVECS-III CVT which incorporates a sports mode, delivering effortless acceleration and ensuring that the engine is able to offer optimum performance at all times.
Safety remains top notch and is centred around the RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body Construction, a total of seven airbags and Side-Impact Protection Bars. Standard equipment includes Isofix Child Seat anchors, ABS with EBD, AYC (Active Yaw Control), Brake Assist System, Hill Start Assist System, Active Stability and Traction Control. Convenience features that also contribute to overall passenger safety include an Electric Parking Brake, Electronic Power Steering, Anti-theft Protection Device, Keyless Operating System and Rear View Camera. As of 2023, Blind Spot warning has also been added.
Mitsubishi Outlander unveiled locally – Upfront, Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield creates a substantial presence that is accentuated by LED front fog lamps, LED sequential indicators and daytime running lights, a front and rear skid plate, silver roof rails, a rear spoiler with LED high-mounted brake light and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Both derivatives available in SA are fitted with a 2.5-litre DOHC engine that produces 135kW at 6 000rpm and 245Nm at 3 600rpm. An eight-speed CVT transmission delivers effortless acceleration from any speed, slick gear changes and a smoother ride. Designed to keep the engine at optimum performance throughout, the CVT ensures improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions, with Mitsubishi claiming that it will use just 8,1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
The cabin oozes superior luxury and offers a spacious interior. The layout, comprising seven seats, offers multiple configurations for any and every loading need. A 12,3-inch Digital Driver display is flanked by an eight-inch Smartphone-link display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on GLS models or a nine-inch unit on Aspire derivatives. The Mitsubishi Outlander is offered in two derivatives, GLS and Aspire. GLS models boast an extremely high level of standard specification, while Aspire models gain eight-way power adjustable seats, power lumbar support, a memory function driver’s seat, leather seats, a nine-inch Smartphone-Link Display Audio with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Navigation as well as a power sliding panoramic sunroof.
Get out of town in Renault’s all-new Captur – The popular Captur represents a compelling SUV package that features a distinctive style, excellent safety and smart technologies. Thanks to enhanced SUV styling, the Captur is notably more modern with more athletic curves and a raised waist. SUV aesthetics have been boosted by front and rear protection skid plates and protective mouldings that runs along the entire length of the body and wheel arches.
The smart cockpit utilises the latest Renault technology, including the prominent 9.3-inch multimedia screen. The slightly curved portrait tablet is angled towards the driver, improving legibility of its screen. The Renault Easy Link multimedia system offers an all-connected and customised multimedia experience, onboard navigation and infotainment services. A new feature of the interior is the floating centre console which has been elevated for improved driving position ergonomics and to make the gear lever easier to manoeuvre. The design also frees up space for storage and for the wireless charging system. The passenger compartment now features modern fittings that improve its comfort, ergonomics and overall quality. Top of the range materials, soft coverings for the dashboard and new seat architecture all contribute to the feeling of luxury onboard.
A 1.3-litre turbocharged engine offers 113kW and 270Nm and is paired with a seven-speed automatic Efficiency Dual Clutch transmission providing good performance and outstanding fuel consumption of only 6,6 litres per 100km. The driver also has the option of shifting gears via the paddle shifter located behind the steering wheel. A multi-sense mode allows for the tailoring of the driving experience via three modes.
Renault Megane R.S. 300 Trophy headed to SA – Renault’s ultra-sporty Megane R.S. offer several exclusive Renault Sport features, including an updated sporty design, impressive performance and a variety of unique R.S. equipment. The R.S. 300 Trophy features a distinctive Sporty front bumper with an F1 style blade, flanked by the unmistakable Trophy insignia, a Sharkfin antenna, updated C-shaped LED head- and taillights, a specific rear diffuser, an intelligent exhaust pipe with dual sound valve system and Jerez Diamond Cut 19-inch alloy wheels with red inserts. This special edition model is available in a limited colour range of Pearl White, Liquid Yellow, and Orange Tonic.
The interior is fitted with Alcantara seats that feature red top stitching as well as a double-diamond steering wheel, finished in leather and home to paddle shifters. An aluminium gear lever knob and handbrake gaiter complete the sporty touchpoints. The interactive Renault Multimedia system includes a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB as well as smartphone replication via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Giving the R.S. 300 Trophy the go to match the show is a four-cylinder 1.8-litre turbocharged engine that offers 221kW at 6 000rpm and 420Nm at 3 200rpm. This allows the R.S. 300 Trophy to sprint to 100km/h in just 5,7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 260km/h. A six-speed dual-clutch EDC gearbox ensures seamless power delivery and features launch control and multiple downshift capability. Multi-Sense Driving modes allow the driver to choose from three modes at the flick of a button. Only 55 units of this limited-edition model will be making their way to South Africa.
Chery launches Omoda sub brand – Omoda is the luxury arm of Chery, but is devoid of any Chery branding. The Omoda C5 is a sporty compact SUV and is fitted with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The design is very modern and comprises sleek, sporty styling and a sloping roof that rests on darkened pillars for a floating look. The multi-dimensional grille cannot be missed. Contained in the grille are upright mounted front headlamps and thin T-Sharp designed daytime running lights. The mix of flowing curves and sharp lines continues along the side profile. The rear design reminds of SUVs from other Chinese manufacturers and includes a dual stacked roof spoiler and multi- dimensional lights, which Omoda call X-wing lights due to their use of sharp lines and multiple LEDs.
When designing the interior, engineers were able to experiment with a unique human and machine interface while incorporating popular features such as voice commands and a seamless digital interface.
The futuristic experience starts with dual high resolution 10.25-inch digital displays that are customisable. These screens, one in the centre console and one behind the steering wheel, flow into each other and allow for multiple manners of displaying vehicle, safety and infotainment information. Smartphone mirroring capability courtesy of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be done wirelessly while your phone rests on a felt-lined wireless charging platform. Below this platform is a hidden storage space and a variety of USB and power outlets.
The Omoda C5 is powered by a four-cylinder, 1,5-litre engine that offers 115kW and 230Nm. A CVT transmission transfers power to the front wheels. The engine has been sourced from the Chery family, but retuned to offer slightly more power in this application, however that retune has also ensured smoother power delivery that results in an overall more refined driving experience.
Get space for one more with the Chery Tiggo Pro 7 – For expanding families, especially those on a budget, the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is a vehicle that can fulfil their needs without breaking the bank. The Tiggo 7 Pro has a spacious interior that can comfortably accommodate a family of up to five. Luxury and convenience features are plentiful too, with modern tech such as wireless charging, intelligent voice control and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto functionality included as standard. Young children will marvel at the passing world through the large panoramic sunroof.
Three large format displays take pride of place in the cabin. There is a seven-inch digital centre information panel in front of the driver, while a second 10.25-inch LCD screen crowns the centre console and forms the heart of the vehicle information and entertainment settings. The third screen is flush-mounted below the infotainment system and features the newest technology for the integration of physical knobs and a high-resolution screen for the climate control system. The climate control system is able to independently heat or cool two different zones and air is treated to N95 air filtration.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged engine offers 108kW and 210Nm, and combined with a CVT gearbox it results in an effortless commuter experience in town or out on the highway.
Ford launches Ranger workhorse derivatives – The range will consist of four single cab models for workhorse applications and six super cab derivatives that offer a combination of versatility and a large cargo volume. For the first time Ford will also be offering a super cab in the Wildtrak 4×4 specification.
The bulk of the range is available in XL or XLT specification and an extensive range of Upgrade Packs are also available, allowing owners to personalise their vehicle with a wide range of cosmetic and functional enhancements according to their unique requirements and applications. The offering will be further expanded later in the year with entry-level workhorse derivatives that offer affordability and low running costs.
Load capacity is an area where the new Ranger excels, thanks to a wider load box packed with features and opportunities to transform the space into a total cargo management space. Due to its increased width the Ranger can now accommodate a standard European pallet between the wheel arches, while the load box measures up to 2 305mm on single cab models. Payload ranges from 964kg to 1 186kg depending on the model.
Single cab and super cab models are available with updated versions of Ford’s proven 2.0-litre single turbo and Bi-Turbo in-line four-cylinder diesel engines.
The 2.0-litre single turbocharged engine is fitted to all XL specification single cab models and three super cab XL derivatives and produces 125kW and 405Nm. It can be paired with either a new- generation six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic and a choice of 4×2 or electronic shift on the fly 4×4 system.
For customers looking for more power, the renowned 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo engine is exclusively available on super cab 4×4 models with XLT or Wildtrak trim levels and offers 154kW and 500Nm coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Four XL single cab models are available, with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 and manual or automatic gearboxes while the XL super cab is offered in manual and auto 4×2 or six-speed automatic 4×4. A locking rear differential is standard fitment.
Ford launches its more powerful Ranger Raptor – With the all-new Raptor, Ford’s development team have delivered a vehicle that is significantly more powerful, faster, designed to conquer even more challenging terrain, tougher than ever and that has more aggressive and purposeful looks to match. The enormous performance leap is courtesy of a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine producing 292kW and 583Nm which is nearly double the power output of its predecessor. Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, each gear is programmed to its own boost profile.
Drivers can choose their preferred engine sound via the exhaust mode button on the steering wheel or by selecting a drive mode that uses quiet, normal, sport and Baja profiles ensuring the right soundtrack for the conditions.
The interior features all-new seats inspired by those of a jet fighter in the front and rear that are comfortable and supportive during high-speed driving. Code Orange accents on the instrument panel, trim and seats are enhanced by the Raptor’s ambient lighting. A premium grade leather steering wheel with thumb swells, on-centre marking and cast magnesium paddle shifters add to the dynamic character. The fully digital cabin includes a high resolution 12.4-inch digital cluster and a 12- inch centre touchscreen running Ford’s SYNC 4A connectivity and entertainment system that can accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A dedicated off-road sync screen allows the driver to easily select 4×4 features, including the electronic front and rear differential locks, hill descent control and parking sensors while also displaying a wide variety of driving information.
Haval launches Jolion HEV – The launch of an HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) in this affordable compact SUV segment is set to make hybrid motoring more accessible and allow more South Africans to benefit from this innovative powertrain configuration in terms of performance and fuel economy. The Haval Jolion HEV is an innovative self-charging vehicle that can adapt to its driving environment and features redefined intelligent and innovative technology.
The Jolion HEV is differentiated from the rest of the Jolion range by LED Premium Vision headlights and fog lights that now feature blue accents, a standout diamond front grille, a redesigned front bumper, silver roof rails that mimic its natural lines, flared rear brake lights, a sporty rear diffuser and dual vent rear spoilers. The 17- or 18-inch sports alloy wheels round off the package, depending on the specification grade. All these features combine to deliver a visual experience that is stylish, distinctive and bold.
The Jolion HEV features a 1.5-litre hybrid drivetrain that combines a petrol engine with an electric motor. Sophisticated power balancing allows the vehicle to operate solely on electric power or through a combination of the electric motor and the internal combustion engine. During normal driving, when certain parameters are met, pure electric power is seamlessly activated. Once increased speed and acceleration is required, the internal combustion engine is activated and supplies extra power. The Jolion HEV can seamlessly transfer between configurations including EV, Series Hybrid, Parallel Hybrid and Regeneration depending on the driving conditions and driver input.
New Civic Type R is the fastest Honda yet – Under the vented bonnet of the all-new Type R is a powerful version of Honda’s award winning K20C1 engine of which output, torque and response have all been improved by a redesigned turbocharger, increased air intake flow rate and a new, more efficient exhaust system. The result is that the turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine now produces 235kW at 6 500rpm and 420Nm from 2 600rpm.
This engine is paired to an improved six-speed manual transmission that offers the driver an intimate and rewarding connection. In addition, a lighter flywheel and a revised rev match system ensure perfectly paired rev matching when shifting down through the gears, helping to maintain stability on corner entry. The gearbox also features a high-rigidity lever and optimised shift gate pattern. A standard helical-type limited-slip differential helps put power down to the ground efficiently.
Advanced aerodynamics give the Civic Type-R a sleeker, more sophisticated muscular look and the body is more aerodynamically efficient in order to generate more downforce for improved high- speed stability. The body is longer, lower and wider with broad fenders flared over the wide track that house lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. The special reverse rim design has been engineered to improve the stability of the tyre contact patch under load.
Refined Lexus UX receives upgrades – Available exclusively as a hybrid and in three model grades, all derivatives adopt a new multimedia system that offers improved connectivity, faster performance and easier operation. New features include user-friendly 12,3-inch touchscreens, an improved navigation system and the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart phone mirroring capabilities.
Additional Lexus Safety System+ functions have been added as well as a new F Sport bi-tone paintwork option on the UX 250h F Sport models. The UX 250h is available in entry level EX grade as well as SE and F-Sport options.
The self-charging hybrid electric UX 250h is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that gains assistance from an electric motor that drives the front wheels. The result is superior performance thanks to a fourth-generation self-charging hybrid powertrain technology that is highly responsive while offering smooth, natural acceleration. The 2.0-litre petrol engine offers 107kW at 6 000rpm and 180Nm at 4 400rpm and the electric motor increases total power output to 135kW. The result is the ability to sprint to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds while only using 4.5 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
Lexus Drive Mode Select allows the driving experience to be tailored to suit the conditions or driver preference and includes modes for Normal, Eco and Sport.
The Lexus multimedia system features faster response, more intuitive, human-centred operation and increased functionality. All models are fitted with 12.3-inch displays, with new touchscreen technology replacing the previous trackpad control and offering crisper graphics in high definition.
Mercedes-Benz extends their electric footprint with the new EQE- Mercedes-Benz have launched the second model based on their electric architecture developed specifically for electric vehicles in the form of the new EQE, which offers many of the functions of the EQS in a more compact form.
This sporty model is also the fifth model in the extensive Mercedes-EQ range and at launch will be available in two variants, including the EQE 350+ offering 215kW and 565Nm as well as the EQE 43 4Matic offering 350kW and 858Nm.
If the optionally available MBUX Hyperscreen is fitted, the entire instrument panel is a single, ultimate widescreen where the high-resolution screens merge seamlessly under the shared glass cover that characterises the entire cockpit and interior.
The EQE 350 has an electric drivetrain on the rear axle, while the AMG model is also equipped with an eATS on the front axle. The electric motors are permanently excited synchronous motors, which offer advantages including power density, high efficiency and high-power constancy.
The EQE is fitted with a lithium-ion battery that features ten modules and has a usable energy content of 90.56 kWh. Innovative battery management software allows updates over the air which ensures the system will remain up to date throughout its lifecycle.
With the AMG Sound Experience, the performance and sports car brand are giving a new voice to electric mobility with a soundtrack for both outside and inside that emotionally enhances the dynamic driving experience. The AMG driving sounds are generated with the help of additional hardware, including special speakers, a bass actuator and a sound generator.
Mercedes-Benz launches the all-new GLC – The new Mercedes-Benz GLC promises to be even more dynamic, powerful and sustainable. In South Africa it will be available with an innovative mild-hybrid system with 48-volt technology and an integrated starter-generator, while the brand-new model aims to set new standards for driving enjoyment, efficiency, advanced design and a luxurious, practical cabin.
The redesigned front end features headlights that connect directly to the radiator grille and emphasise the vehicle’s width, while a new radiator grille a(s part of the Avantgarde exterior) now features a chrome surround and a sporty louvre in matt grey with chrome trim. The AMG Line features a radiator grille with the Mercedes-Benz pattern.
The body is characterised by a full, spanned surface design with precisely shaped edges on the sides which emphasise the proportions, accentuate the muscular wheel arches and create a balance between elegance and off-road performance. Wheel arch liners in vehicle colour are available on certain models for the first time.
The new GLC is only available as a mild hybrid with 48-volt technology and an integrated starter- generator. The ISG ensures smooth power delivery, and the 48-volt electrical system enables functions such as gliding, boost or recuperation and helps reduce fuel consumption in that way by seamlessly restarting the vehicle above certain speeds.
The GLC is available with three 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine options. The diesel powered 220d offers 145kW and 440Nm, while the 300d boasts 198kW and 550Nm. The petrol powered GLC 300 offers 190kW and 400Nm. All derivatives utilise the 9G-tronic transmission.
New Nissan X-Trail goes on sale – The new Nissan X-Trail boasts a stylish design and a strong front fascia that incorporates sleek LED headlights, front and rear signature lamps, distinctive and imposing front air vents and robust, yet crafted lines. Upfront the unmistakable V-motion grille bears the familiar Nissan DNA. Stylish alloy wheels – measuring 17, 18 or 19 inches depending on the model – round off the exterior.
The new X-Trail is available in three derivatives, including the Visia CVT, Acenta CVT and Acenta Plus CVT. All models are fitted with the same 2.5-litre, four-cylinder that boasts 135kW and 244Nm allowing the X-Trail to achieve a top speed of 195km/h. Nissan also claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 7.4 litres per 100km.
Inside, Visa derivatives are fitted with a fabric interior while Acenta and Acenta Plus models gain a synthetic black leather interior. The X-Trail boasts a seven-seat configuration and a versatile luggage space that allows it to seamlessly cater for the practicalities of day-to-day life.
The Nissan X-Trail continues to offer the 4×4 driving capabilities that the X-Trail is known for and this has been bolstered by driver assistance features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Predicative Front Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Emergency Braking and ProPilot.
The long-awaited return of Opel’s value-for- money Corsa Lite – Opel have refreshed their popular Corsa range for 2023 with even more appealing features and desirable performance, and the refreshed line-up sees the return of the Corsa Lite nameplate to their offering.
This gives consumers the choice of a value-for-money hatchback while still retaining a high level of standard and safety equipment. The new entry-level model may be badged Lite, but it offers a comprehensive level of standard specification. Under the bonnet is the same 1.2-litre engine that offers 74kW as found in Edition models, which is paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The top of the range Elegance model still makes use of the 96kW version of this engine.
The new Opel Corsa Lite is impressively packed with standard specifications, with front electric windows, air conditioning, Eco LED headlamps and safety features such as tyre pressure monitoring and Active Lane Keep Assist. Drivers will enjoy the seven-inch touchscreen radio and the latest in connectivity from the IntelliLink infotainment system.
Toyota expands the Corolla Cross offering – Following the addition of the GR Sport to the Corolla range in 2022, the hybrid model has now also been given the GR-S treatment. The hybrid model remains in strong demand, with consumers recognising the benefits of Toyota’s acclaimed hybrid system which includes refinement, smooth acceleration, fuel economy and near silent EV mode operation.
Exterior updates comprise a bespoke exterior package that incorporates a revised front grille design finished in gloss black, a gloss black lower apron with signature GR mesh, vertical air ducts which incorporate compact fog lamp units, a strong horizontal cross bar and large Toyota insignia. Black exterior mirrors are paired with a black roof and black roof rails to craft a sporty bi-tone design.
Inside the elegant simplicity and superb ergonomics of the Corolla Cross cabin have been retained, along with the addition of some GR-inspired flair. The interior of GR-S models utilises stylish black leather trim throughout with GR embossing on the front headrest, red contrasting stitching and red perforation as well as a red accent stripe on the instrument panel along with piano black surface detailing. A chunky three-spoke steering wheel with red stitching and piano black inserts rounds off the interior.
Under-the-skin changes include sportier shock absorbers and revised coil springs and a new brushless-motor power steering module that ensures more responsive handling and sportier steering wheel feedback. Unique 18-inch black alloy wheels fitted with 225/50R18 tyres round off the sportier handling package.
Toyota Fortuner receives styling enhancements – The Fortuner’s design takes a more striking direction with catamaran inspired elements which are especially noticeable at the extremities of the vehicle where it mimics a catamaran’s twin hulls. The all-new sharply angled front and rear bumper feature exclusive, aero-corner moulding complimented by black trapezoidal foglamp housings. L- shaped reflector inserts at the rear reinforce the aggressive styling.
The Fortuner now features a vastly different, more aerodynamically efficient front fascia. The black mesh upper grille has been slimmed down, while the lower aperture has been inflated in order to compliment the more assertive attitude. A grey skid plate adds to the aesthetic and enhances functionality.
The 2.8-litre models received dual-zone climate control, a panoramic view monitor and a 11-speaker JBL Premium Audio system, while onboard satellite navigation was deleted in favour of customers preference for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto usage. Leather is standard across the Fortuner range, but 2.8-litre models now feature a new dual-tone colour palette, which pairs black and maroon leather.
Maroon stitching also adorns various surfaces as a striking counterpoint to the predominantly black trim. A revised instrument cluster features all-new graphics, new black background ornamentation and revised animation for the TFT display. 2.8-litre variants now also feature additional USB ports for rear passengers.
The Fortuner is offered with a choice of two engines including the 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder that offers 150kW and 500Nm, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. The more affordable 2.4 GD-6 produces a healthy 110kW and 400Nm and is available in both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission derivatives.
Toyota launches GR Supra manual – The addition of the GR Supra to the line-up means that Toyota now offers all four of its GR models in South Africa, including the GR Yaris, GR Corolla and GR86.
A new transmission and new clutch have been engineered specifically to suit the power and torque characteristics of the GR Supra 3.0-litre engine. The engineering team was able to modify the existing transmission housing, driveshaft and gear set and remove elements that were not required in the interests of weight reduction. At the heart of the transmission is a newly engineered clutch with a larger diameter, larger friction area and reinforced spring, ensuring that it has the capability to manage the high torque of the GR Supra’s engine.
In addition to the launch of the manual model, the power output of the straight-six 3.0-litre engine has been increased from 250 to 280kW on both manual and automatic derivatives.
All GR Supra versions benefit from retuned suspension, including more rigid front and rear anti-roll bar bushes and re-tuned shock absorbers. The mechanical components in the electric power steering and the systems operating parameters have also been re-tuned. The interior has been treated to several updates to accommodate the manual transmission, with specific consideration given to ensuring the gear knob was optimally placed for precise, rapid and rewarding gear changes. To achieve perfect ergonomics, the console unit and the control for drive mode selection has been redesigned. The feel of the gear shift in the hand and the weight of operation are part of the human connection so particular attention was paid to the weight and shape of the gar knob and the quality of shift engagement.
Toyota launches all-new Urban Cruiser – The newcomer features bi-halogen projector headlamps lower in the face inset within the bumper and framed by a chrome bezel. The slimline LED DRLs now become the focal points, splitting into two with a chrome strip in between that merges into the piano black grille. A massive lower grille aperture with honeycomb design combines with a silver ornamental skid plate upping the aggression factor.
The interior is an aesthetically pleasing mix of fabrics and features. The predominantly black cabin features subtle touches of silver including the satin-plated trim inserts, chrome door handles and metallic-tipped ventilation controls. High-quality black striated cloth upholstery features throughout the interior.
The Urban Cruiser is fitted with the familiar 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that offers 77kW and 138Nm which allows for a top speed of 170 or 175km/h for the manual or automatic respectively. Buyers can choose between a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic on the XR grade. Fuel consumption for both derivatives is a frugal 6,1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
Toyota launches all-new Vitz – The Vitz takes Toyota’s small car offering to a whole new level as it combines funky styling with more pragmatic considerations that are in tune with the needs of savvy consumers. This includes spacious cabin, class-leading cargo capacity, enhanced specification, additional safety features and a low price.
Under the bonnet is a free-revving three-cylinder engine that boasts 49kW and 89Nm, the latter available from 3 500rpm. This engine is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox or an Automated Manual Transmission. Toyota claim that manual models will use just 4,4 litres per 100km while the AMT uses just 4,2 litres per 100km.
The Vitz features softly contoured lines punctuated by bold swept back headlights, teardrop rear light clusters and a distinctive grille dissected by a single chrome line. Unique detailing on the range- topping XR models enhances the aesthetic by adding front fog lamps, glossy smoked 15-inch alloys as well as colour coded door handles and mirrors. A spacious interior with ample front and rear legroom belies its compact dimensions. Interior space is further bolstered by a large 295 litre boot and enhancing functionality is a 60/40 split rear seat that further increases loading capacity.
Elevating the interior design are several unique touches. The instrument nacelle is dominated by a roulette-wheel inspired speedo along with a circular TFT that houses the rev counter and trip computer. The dashboard features a swoopy design with contrasting carbon-fibre-look insert in line with the infotainment system for some visual relief. This insert continues on the door panels. Silver satin-finish flourishes adorn the speedo, rotary ventilation dials and circular air vents, while the vent sliders are tipped with chrome. Power steering and standard rear parking sensors make light work of driving and parking the Vitz.
All-new Volkswagen Amarok – Thanks to a payload of up to 1.19 tonnes, 3.5 tonne towing capacity and a well thought-out load box, the Amarok can master every conceivable work and leisure task.
Up to five efficient four and six-cylinder turbo engines deliver the power required for work and non- work tasks. The new Amarok will be offered in five equipment versions, badged Amarok, Life, Style, as well as the off-road biased PanAmericana and the stylish Aventura. The Amarok will be available in both double cab and single cab variants.
The new Amarok is 96mm longer than its predecessor and has a wheelbase of 3 270mm, which represents an increase of 173mm. The result is more room in the double cab and reduced body overhangs which equal crisper proportions and improved off-road capability. Approach and departure angles now measure 30 degrees upfront and 26 degrees at the rear.
With practical controls and digital screens, the interior has been designed to be functional and high quality with materials that resemble those found in premium SUVs. Even on base models the display consists of an 8.0-inch Digital Cockpit as well as a 10,1 or 12.3-inch portrait format touchscreen infotainment system. The new Amarok utilises a mix of digital functions and ergonomically designed buttons and rotary switches.
The base specification 2.0 TDI engine will offer 110kW and 350Nm and is paired with a five-speed gearbox and rear wheel drive. A 2.0 litre four-cylinder TDI boasts 125kW and 405Nm and will be available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder bi- turbocharged engine in the 2.0 BiTDI 4Motion offers 154kW and 500Nm. The top of the range 3.0 V6 TDI offers 184kW and 600Nm and is matched to a ten-speed automatic transmission.
Volkswagen Polo Vivo GT updated – The updated Polo Vivo GT is distinguished by silver mirror caps, a GT rear decal, new wheels and dashboard inserts as well as GT decals on the front door. 15mm lowered suspension and a black boot spoiler add to the sporty look.
Inside, the sportier interior look updated with seat cloth inserts and stitch colours that have been changed from blue to red. New grey stitching on the gear lever and handbrake tie in with the grey exterior accents. The interior mats now also feature embroidered GT branding. The Polo Vivo GT is available in five exterior colours which includes a new Wild Cherry metallic red colour.
Standard exterior features include 17-inch Mirabeau wheels, Safety package, Lights and Vision package and a single pipe exhaust with chrome trim. Interior attributes include front sport seats, aluminium look pedals, floor mat, an anthracite headlining and cruise control.
Under the bonnet is a 1.0-litre TSI engine that offers 81kW and 200Nm, allowing for a top speed of 196km/h. This high-tech engine offers a great balance between performance and fuel consumption, with Volkswagen claiming that the Vivo GT will use as little as 4.6 litres per 100km.
Get out of town in Volkswagen’s T-Cross – Not everybody can afford large SUVs or big overlanders, so fortunately there are some great crossover vehicles that will make the perfect getaway companion without breaking the bank. The Volkswagen T-Cross is one such option.
Like all members of the Volkswagen SUV range, the T-Cross features an eye-catching appearance and a carefully balanced combination of style, refined practicality and value for money. Considering its exterior dimensions, the T-Cross boasts a roomy interior with more than enough leg and headroom. Added versatility comes in the form of a rear backrest that can be adjusted to open up additional loading space. Loading space is a very decent at 455 litres and with the seats folded flat this space expands to 1 281 litres.
Good news for people travelling on a budget is that all T-Cross models are fitted with fuel efficient engines. The 1.0-litre turbocharged models will return a combined figure of as low as 5,8-litres per 100km, while 1.5-litre turbo models will use just 6,6 litres per 100km. Eager drivers can rest assured that both models offer decent performance too thanks in part to the advanced seven-speed DSG gearbox that does a great job of keeping the engine in the sweet spot.
Volkswagen T-Roc offers extra space – The VW T-Roc boasts a sporty and stylish design that appeals to the entire family. Various colour and trim options allow you to choose the one that best fits your family’s style. The T-Roc now comes standard with LED headlights and taillights while IQ.Light LED matrix headlights are available as an optional extra.
The new soft touch dash surface and design highlights add an even more upmarket feel. Notable features include keyless entry, titanium dark grey leather combo upholstery, power seats with heating functions, PDC with park camera, dual-zone climate control, a stop/start system, a tilt and sliding panoramic sunroof, USB ports front and rear and park assist with a rear-view camera. In the centre console is an 8.0-inch infotainment display that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the new T-Roc comes standard with Digital Cockpit instrument cluster in the Design equipment line and Digital Cockpit Pro on the R-Line equipment line.
The T-Roc is available with two engine options including a 2.0-litre TSI engine that boasts 140kW and 320Nm and is paired to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. This allows for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.2 seconds while using just 7.2 litres per 100km.
VW Golf R finally on sale in SA – The new Golf R surpasses everything that has been launched in the Golf model range to date. Under the bonnet is a revised EA888 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, engine that offers 235kW and 400Nm. Paired with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive this allows the Golf R to accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250km/h, while offering in gear acceleration that will leave many supercars in its wake. The all-wheel drive system works in conjunction with the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, electronic differential locks and adaptive chassis control to ensure optimum traction and neutral handling.
Standard equipment in the Volkswagen Golf R includes mobile inductive charging, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, Discover Pro navigation system, Wireless App Connect and Voice Control, 19- inch Estoril alloy wheels, Adaptive Chassis Control, Light and Vision Package and Nappa leather R sport seats.
Buyers are also able to choose from a long list of optional extras including IQ.Light LED Matrix headlights, Akrapovic R Performance Exhaust, Head-Up Display, Harman Kardon sound system, Parallel Park Assist, Rear Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist, Travel Assist with Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking System.