Between July 2022 and September 2022, Motus brought several exciting new vehicle models to the market.
(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) October 2022 Motus CEO Osman Arbee says: “We are delighted to see so many impressive new vehicle models on offer for today’s motorists.” As South Africa’s largest importer, distributor and retailer of motor vehicles, Motus can offer new vehicle releases first.
Below is an overview of the exciting introductions and developments in motor vehicles:
The 2022 Hyundai Creta has been treated to fresh exterior styling, including an attractive front grille and lights. On Executive models, the daytime running lights are incorporated into the parametric jewel pattern grille. The headlights, which are halogen on Premium derivatives and LED on Executive derivatives, are located below the outer edge of the new parametric jewel pattern grille. The rear tailgate features a new design that incorporates the Creta model name in bold chrome letters.
The interior adopts a clean, minimalistic design throughout the spacious cabin. Passengers benefit from added comfort in the form of a central armrest. The driver’s seat features height adjustment and the steering wheel is adjustable for reach and height, ensuring that the driver can find a comfortable position. Convenience features include a multifunction steering wheel with remote control buttons for the infotainment system, trip computer and cruise control as well as a wireless charging pad on Executive derivatives. Rear park assist and a reverse camera help with maneuvering while an electronic park brake frees up space on the centre console. An eight-inch infotainment touch screen features voice control as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
A naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1 497cc, paired with either a six- speed manual or Intelligent Variable automatic transmission, drives the front wheels of the Creta. The 1.5-litre engine offers 84kW at 6 300rpm and 144Nm at 4 500rpm.
Hyundai’s performance sub-brand N has revealed its electrification vision. The concepts titled RN22e and N Vision 74 represent N’s electrification vision and demonstrate their ambition to become a leader in the zero-emissions future. RN22e melds the all-new Ioniq 6 and the company’s Electric-Global Modular Platform, while setting a new standard in high-performance EVs.
This model is said to offer racetrack-ready performance by refining and optimising Hyundai’s market-leading E-GMP and packaging it in an Ioniq 6-based streamliner design.
The handling capabilities of RN22e have been optimised thanks to technology, such as torque vectoring by twin clutch. All-wheel drive provides optimised torque distribution according to different drive modes. Four-piston monoblock calipers and a 400mm hybrid disc allow the RN22e to maintain dynamic braking ability despite its weight.
Hyundai has further expanded their Staria model range with the addition of the Staria panel van. This model is longer, wider and taller than the H1 panel van it replaces, while at the same time offering increased luxury features and better fuel economy. This three-seater panel van completes the futuristic-looking Staria range. The panel van features the same futuristic front and rear styling as the other models in the range, which will add a modern appearance to any fleet. Exterior styling enhancements include body-coloured bumpers and outside mirror housings, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet is the same 2,2-litre turbo diesel engine that does duty in the people-carrying Staria variants, which already has a good reputation in terms of fuel consumption. The four-cylinder power plant delivers 130kW and 430Nm, which is transferred to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The addition of the 1.0 T-GDI engine brings turbocharging to the range, which until now has been powered exclusively by a 1.5-litre engine in entry-level and mid-tier EX specification. Along with the new engine is a flagship EX+ specification.
The Kia Sonet 1.0 T-GDi features Kia’s advanced 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo charged petrol engine that boasts 88kW at 6 000rpm and 172Nm between 1 500 and 4 000rpm. A seven-speed automatic transmission takes care of the gear changing duties. The new engine has been tuned with characteristics that make it easy to drive, such as sufficient punch to overtake and low engine speed when cruising on the highway for improved fuel consumption.
The mid-tier EX derivative is well equipped and features an 8.0-inch HD touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth with voice control, height adjustable driver’s seat, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear shifter, rear-view camera and rear park distance control, a combination of artificial leather and cloth seat trim, 16-inch alloys and automatic headlamp activation.
In addition to the EX trim level, the EX+ specification adds side and curtain airbags, rear combination LED lights with signature graphic, 4.2-inch TFT LCD Supervision cluster, artificial leather seats with contrast red stitching, folding electric side mirrors, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, cruise control, automatic climate control and drive mode select.
With the new Sportage, Kia has once again established updated design boundaries with the new design language called Opposites United. From the front, the new Sportage showcases a precise and intricate design form with a detail-orientated black grille graphic. This graphic stretches across the width of the face and pulls together the main frontal features, linking Kia’s modern signature Tiger Nose grille to the distinctive futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, which also create solid boundary lines for the striking Matrix LED headlamps.
The interior utilises the highest quality materials and innovative technology to create a state of the art space. At the centre is a beautifully sculpted integrated curved display with a slim touchscreen pad and finely detailed air vents. The 12.3-inch touchscreen allows for the control of functions relating to connectivity, functionality and usability and utilises the latest generation full thin-film transistor LCD display to offer incredibly precise and clear graphics.
The Sportage is offered exclusively with a 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. This turbocharged direct injection engine features continuously variable valve timing, all coming together to offer 132kW at 5 500rpm and 265Nm from 1500rpm.
The Triton Heritage Edition will be limited to 50 units, each individually numbered. The purchase also includes a number of bespoke experiences as part of the special edition package. On Heritage Edition models, the exterior styling is further enhanced by a variety of black trim pieces. The lower scuff plate, grille, roof bars and wheel arch cladding are now black. Front fenders are adorned with numbered Heritage badges, which solidify its special edition status. Standard equipment includes a rear tow bar, rubberised load bin, black Keko roll bar and tonneau cover.
The interior features a combination of robust design and modern high-quality materials on touch surfaces. A numbered plaque occupies pride of place and adds a special edition touch to the interior. Standard features include a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column and multi- function leather steering wheel, Bluetooth, CarPlay, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, leather seats and an electrically adjustable driver seat.
The Triton Heritage Edition is fitted with Mitsubishi’s tried and tested 2.4L MIVEC turbodiesel engine, offering 133kW and 430Nm and paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Mitsubishi has commenced the rollout of their face-lifted Triton range with the single cab Triton GL. Mitsubishi’s new entry-level Triton models are a perfect fit for fleet owners looking for a cost- effective solution in the face of the steadily rising fuel prices and recent interest rate hikes. In addition, these workhorse solutions will more accurately cater for commercial customers needs and in doing so broaden the appeal of the Triton bakkie.
The most notable update is the refreshed exterior design cues, which include a black grille, black door handles, mirror, tailgate handle, black rear bumper and black side steps. The interior of GLS double cab models now feature rear air vents, auto headlamps and auto wipers.
The Mitsubishi Triton 4×2 single cab is powered by Mitsubishi’s proven DOHC intercooled 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine, with 100kW and 324Nm on tap. Mitsubishi claim that this model boasts an average fuel consumption figure of just 8,0 litres per 100km, which is commendable for a vehicle of this type. A 75-litre fuel tank will thus ensure a range of over 900km.
This panel van takes the innovative compact SUV design and utilises its impressive interior load space to accommodate the extensive needs of commercial vehicle customers at an affordable price point.
The Triber features bold styling that is accentuated by striking projector headlights, longitudinal roof rails, LED daytime running lights, a three-part triple edge chrome front grille and SUV style skid plates. 14-inch wheels are finished with stylish covers. A prominent hood crease, strong shoulder lines, wheel arch flare and cladding add to a look of sturdiness. At the rear, prominent horizontally designed lights overflow onto the tailgate. Indicators located within the side mirrors ensure better visibility of the driver’s intent.
The driver’s seat offers six-way adjustability to ensure that drivers who will most likely be spending long periods in the vehicle are able to find a comfortable position. Standard equipment includes front electric windows and rear park distance control.
The Triber Express Panel Van has been specifically modified for the carrying of cargo, and as such it offers class leading cargo space of 1 500 litres and up to 542kg. A unique feature is that cargo can be loaded via either the rear doors or the hatch. A steel mesh separates the load area from the front passenger compartments and creates a barrier of safety.
The Triber Express is equipped with the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, producing 52kW and 96Nm, as the rest of the Triber range. This engine continues to offer a good balance between performance and fuel economy. Technology, such as a dual VVT system, as well as the low overall weight further contribute to nippy performance and incredible fuel consumption, with Renault claiming that the Triber will use just 5.5 litres/100km.
An updated design features more dynamic and performance-orientated touches than before. Upfront, a wide RS bumper, redesigned single frame grille with distinctive honeycomb grille and large air intakes ensure an expressive appearance. Behind the widened fenders, an air inlet is both functional and a nod to the world of motorsport. The widened fenders cater for a 33mm wider front axle and a 10mm wider rear axle.
Both RS3 models feature the high performance five-cylinder engine that has won the International Engine of the Year Award nine times in a row. In its latest iteration, the engine is more powerful than before, boasting 294kW from 5 600rpm and 500Nm from 2 250rpm. In conjunction with Quattro four-wheel drive and launch control, the RS3 is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250km/h or 290km/h if the RS Dynamic package Plus is selected.
Inside many RS specific elements continue the sporty theme. The standard 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit displays engine speed in the RS Runway design, which resembles an airplane runway as the revs rise. In addition, displays for g-forces, lap times and acceleration are present. A coloured shift light display indicates the ideal time to change gears. The 10.1-inch touch display in the instrument panel can also display the coolant, engine and transmission oil temperatures, g-forces and tyre pressures. A Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with 3D sound is standard fitment.
Haval has added the Haval H6 GT to their model range to take up the position as the flagship of the range. The H6 GT blends a coupe-inspired design with the practical accolades of a modern SUV. Standout styling combines with the latest features, such as semi autonomous driver assistance and a powerful engine, resulting in a vehicle that ticks every box. The design includes a more streamlined body, wheel arch cladding as well as a variety of black accent and carbon fibre touches.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that features a mighty 155kW at 6 000rpm and 325Nm at 1 500rpm. Drivers are able to tailor the power delivery via various modes with race mode, for example unlocking a sportier exhaust tone as well as more aggressive throttle and transmission response. Power is transferred to the road via a seven-speed DCT gearbox to a torque-on-demand four-wheel drive system.
The original BR-V was well loved for its combination of utility, space and comfort and this has been retained despite the shift to more SUV-focused styling. The body is 35mm longer and 45mm wider, and this translates into improved interior space across all three rows.
A completely redesigned front end incorporates a new grille, LED headlights and daytime running lights, and in doing so gives the BR-V a more rugged appearance. A dynamic body shape features strong contour lines running from front to rear, where LED taillight clusters neatly blend in with the bodylines.
The interior features an uncluttered minimalist design finished off with quality materials. The redesign sees leather-like materials being added to areas such as armrests, door panels and the dashboard to create a more upmarket feel.
A 4.2-inch TFT screen provides information on functions such as active Honda sensing functions, which on Elegance models are adjustable via controls on the tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The infotainment system has also been vastly improved and all models now feature a brand new seven- inch touch screen system with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Comfort and Elegance models gain an integrated reverse parking camera.
The new BR-V is fitted with Honda’s latest 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine that offers 89kW at 6 600rpm and 145Nm at 4 300rpm. Trend models are only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, while Comfort derivatives can be had with either a six-speed manual or a CVT, which has been specifically tuned for the BR-V. Elegance models are available exclusively with the CVT transmission.
The Civic in RS form boasts a simple, yet sporty design. Styling features include a low beltline, long and low bonnet, pulled back A-pillars and large glass area. Attractive, wide-set LED headlights and taillights are connected by a sharp character line that carries from the front bumper to the rear. Specific RS touches include 18-inch black matte alloy wheels, gloss black side mirrors, shark fin antenna, door handles and boot spoiler.
A human-centred cabin places a clear focus on detail and offers excellent visibility and use of space. High quality materials have been used throughout, while attention was given to the feel and operation of the switchgear and controls. The electrically adjustable seats have been finished in a leather/suede combination, while red ambient interior lighting, a black headlining and aluminium pedals add to the sporty feel.
The powertrain of the Civic represents a major change and prioritises performance and fuel consumption. A 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged engine offers 131kW at 6 000rpm and 240Nm from 1 700rpm. An updated continuously variable automatic transmission ensures improved power delivery, refinement and fuel efficiency. Honda’s Step Shift programming simulates gear changes when accelerating.
The latest iteration of this iconic nameplate has been designed and engineered to offer an unmatched combination of 4×4 capability, on-road refinement, premium styling and craftsmanship as well as a variety of advanced safety and technology features.
A big focus of the engineering and design process focused on optimising comfort and handling, while reducing weight, improving fuel economy and delivering improved 4×4 capability along with premium on-road dynamics. The exterior design of the Grand Cherokee has been largely inspired by Jeep’s first full size SUV, the original Wagoneer. As such the Grand Cherokee features a long hood and cab as well as a forward tilted grille.
Interior designers set out to create an exquisite and technically advanced passenger cabin and features handcrafted materials and modern amenities that pair seamlessly with its lean and tailored exterior. The centre stack has been realigned to be even more accessible to the driver while a bright, structural element frames the 10,1-inch Uconnect 5 system display. A 10.25-inch frameless digital cluster, features nearly two dozen menus from which the driver can view information on systems such as driver-assist technologies, adaptive cruise control and highway assist amongst others.
The Grand Cherokee has been equipped with an all-aluminium 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that offers 210kW and 344Nm. The 60-degree angle between its cylinder banks ensures inherently smooth running, augmented by accessories that bolt directly to the engine block.
The new Qashqai features an enlarged V-motion front grille and new slim LED matrix headlamps with boomerang daytime running lights. Occupant safety was at the core of the new Qashqai’s design. Apart from all the regular safety fare that saw it achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating, the Qashqai is equipped with advanced safety technologies designed to watch the road, keep all passengers safe and provide peace of mind. This includes but is not limited to onboard predictive front collision warning, lane keeping aid and the driver attention alert system. The revolutionary ProPilot autonomous drive technology, designed for highway use in single-lane traffic, introduces a combination of steering, acceleration and braking that can be operated in full-automatic mode, easing driver workload in heavy highway traffic and on long commutes.
The interior features full Napa leather seats with quilted fronts. The NissanConnect suite of features now offers a more connected service with the latest in audio technology, connectivity and mobile phone integration. A 12.3-inch touchscreen features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality.
The new vehicle is offered in the Qashqai 1.3T Visia MT, the Qashqai 1.3T Acenta (Xtronic) and the 1.3T Acenta Plus (Xtronic). All models feature a refined 1.3-litre turbocharged engine.
In honour of Shelby’s 60th anniversary, the famed tuning house with close ties to Ford has released details of the Shelby Mustang King of the Road. Only 225 King of the Road models will be made available globally, with four earmarked for the South African market, each of which will be built at the Shelby-approved workshop in the Western Cape.
This third generation Shelby GT500KR, the first to be offered in right-hand drive configuration, features a power increase to 670kW along with a variety of styling and handling enhancements.
An upgraded Whipple supercharger, a new intake manifold, intercooler and Borla exhaust for the 5.2-litre V8 contribute to a 105kW power increase resulting in a total power output of 670kW. A lightweight carbon fibre bonnet saves 14kg and contributes to a more optimum power to weight ratio. Additional enhancements include a carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser as well as carbon fibre Gurney flap on the wing. A new wheel design for the 20-inch forged alloys is sure to turn heads. Cornering performance is improved thanks to a more aggressive suspension tune and the addition of sportier sway bars.
Unique interior touches include GT500KR anniversary badging. The purchase of each car includes membership of Team Shelby, the worldwide club Carroll Shelby established in 2008. Every vehicle is also documented in the official Shelby Registry alongside other rare Shelbys, such as the recently unveiled Shelby Speedster.
The new WRX is based on a new Subaru Global platform and features a brand-new 2.4-litre Boxer engine paired to either a manual or automatic transmission and boasts a variety of premium features including a vertically orientated 11.6-inch Starlink display.
Subaru’s signature bonnet scoop and hexagonal grille takes centre stage while LED headlights compliment the wider, more aggressive stance. Along the side, garnishes emphasise the low centre of gravity, while air outlets behind the wheels allow dirty air to easily escape. The rear bumper integrates a diffuser that further mitigates aerodynamic drag by stabilising the airflow as it exits from under the car, while a characteristic rear spoiler rounds off the typical Subaru styling.
Under the bonnet is a familiar horizontally opposed Boxer turbocharged petrol engine that now measures 2.4-litres in displacement. Torque delivery now happens much earlier in the rev range with peak performance pegged at 202kW at 5 600rpm and 350Nm between 2 000 and 5 200rpm.
Taking centre stage inside is the 11.6-inch Starlink that acts as the hub for a wide range of entertainment and vehicle related functions such as Subaru’s SDrive mode select. The high- resolution tablet-style screen recreates the operational premise of modern smart devices for intuitive and safe system navigation. Split-screen functionality can show two classes of information simultaneously.
For 2022 the C-HR is once again treated to a variety of updates. The most noticeable exterior change is the addition of 18-inch directional alloy wheels that are now fitted to the Plus and Luxury grade models. These wheels are fitted with 225/50/R18 tyres, while a space-saver spare wheel enhances luggage capacity. The existing three-grade strategy remains and includes the 1.2T, followed by the Plus and Luxury variants.
The acclaimed 1.2-litre turbocharged engine continues to do duty under the bonnet and is well loved for its mid-range punch and cruising ability, whether paired with a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. While it produces 85kW and 185Nm across a broad rev range, it uses as little as 6.3 litres per 100km of fuel.
All C-HR models offer a comprehensive level of specification. Standard grade models boast daytime running lights, auto LED headlamps and exterior colour coding, air-conditioning, electric power steering, 4.2-inch multi-information display and front 12V power outlet.
An eight-inch touchscreen audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, Bluetooth and USB provisions as well as a reverse camera display.
As part of the continued expansion of the Gazoo Racing brand, the Corolla Cross will now also be adorned with the GR badge. The Gazoo Racing brand comprises various levels of equipment. The first level is the parts offering, which allows customers to add some GR flavour to normal models. The GR Sport moniker offers cosmetic and dynamic handling enhancements and until now was only currently on Hilux and Land Cruiser models. The GR treatment of the Corolla Cross includes a bespoke exterior package, three bi-tone colour options with black-roof treatment, black 18-inch alloy wheels, GR badging and unique GR-themed interior accents.
Under the bonnet is the same 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine that does duty in the regular Corolla Cross models. It offers 103kW at 6 000rpm and 173Nm at 4 400rpm, while using only 6,8 litres of fuel per 100km on the combined cycle. A CVT transmission with seven pre-programmed steps simulates a close ratio transmission when driven in manual shifting model.
Following unexpected global demand and a very positive market response, Toyota Motor Corporation heeded the call of buyers worldwide and extended the production run and availability of the GR Yaris. The local model lineup has been reduced to a single model, based on the higher specification Rally variant. This model features additional equipment, such as a Torsen limited-slip differential on both the front and rear axle, performance-tuned suspension, revised power-steering assistance and 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels, fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
The interior features a driver-orientated design with a twin hooded binnacle framing easy to read analogue instrumentation which features a 4.2-inch TFT colour multi-information display.
Under the bonnet is a three-cylinder turbocharged unit that benefits from motorsport technologies to maximise performance. The 1.6-litre powerplant offers 198kW at 6 500rpm and 360Nm between 3 000 and 4 600rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which is engineered to handle the high torque levels.
The Hilux GR-S features a large and prominent black front grille, horizontal cross bar and Toyota lettering. The LED headlights have received special treatment and they are flanked by vertically stacked air ducts featuring integrated LED fog lamps.
Interior enhancements include a new instrument cluster featuring metallic bezels and red needles, a leather steering wheel with red stitching and sporty aluminium pedals with rubber inserts. The Push Start button and centre console now feature GR branding.
The 2.8-litre GD-6 features a significant power increase in the form of an additional 15kW and 50Nm and now boasts a total of 165kW and 550Nm. This was achieved thanks to revised ECU mapping as well as fine-tuning of the shifting characteristics of the six-speed automatic transmission. All GR-S models are based exclusively on the 4×4 transaxle mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Auto LSD drivetrain layout.
The new Polo Sedan boasts a striking exterior design and is longer, wider and higher than the model it replaces. Standout features include LED headlights and taillights, a signature chrome grille, 16- inch alloy wheels and a chrome package that features chrome window strips and chrome door handles, which do a great job of accentuating its looks.
Inside the Polo features a stylish, versatile and modern interior that offers the latest in terms of connectivity and technology. By offering a premium dual tone interior, which includes dual-tone seat upholstery as well as premium touch surfaces the Polo Sedan has perfectly executed the combination of comfort and elegance. Boot space measures 521 litres.
Standard features include keyless entry, ambient lighting, a multifunction steering wheel and Climatronic air-conditioning on Life derivatives. Entertainment and connectivity features include a seven-inch touchscreen radio or a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features wireless App-Connect and eight speakers, depending on the derivative.
The Polo Sedan is fitted with the tried and tested four-cylinder MPI petrol engine, which offers 81kW and 152Nm of torque. Performance figures include a 0-100km/h sprint time of 11.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190km/h. Most importantly the Polo Sedan uses as little as 6.2 litres per 100km. The Polo Sedan is available with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed Tiptronic transmission.
The T-Roc is positioned between the Taigo and the Tiguan in Volkswagen’s T SUV model range. The Design equipment line (available in the 1.4 TSI with 110kW and 2.0 TSI with 140kW) is offered with two-tone paintwork, chrome elements, background interior lighting and convenience seats. Standard features include LED headlights and taillights, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel (with paddle shift, Adaptive Cruise Control, High-Beam Control Light Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Front Assist), multi-colour Digital Cockpit, 2-zone climatronic air- conditioner, Comfort Package with keyless entry, Composition Media Radio, 17-inch Johannesburg alloy wheels, Park Assist with Park Distance Control and silver anodised roof rails. The T-Roc R-Line features a striking, sporty bumper design and multi-function sports steering wheel with touch control.
The entry-level engine offering in the new Volkswagen T-Roc range is the four-cylinder 1.4 TSI with maximum output of 110kW and 250 Nm of torque. It is coupled with an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, with the top speed being 205km/h.