NEW CAR GUIDE 2017
New models to rev up the market in 2017
Far from having its foot on the production brake, the auto industry is accelerating its number of new models. Here’s our annual guide to what’s coming
As we take a look at the Motor News crystal ball, the year will yet again see a number of models being launched here. These will be a cross-section of vehicles, from city runabouts to family sedans, luxury SUVs and exotic sports cars.
Last year’s dire figures for new vehicle sales have not stopped manufacturers from bringing their latest wares to our shores — and 2017 is set to be as busy as ever.
The sporty Italian brand is once again trying its hand at the medium executive sedan market with the Giulia. It will first be offered here with the high-performance variant, the Quadrifoglio, next month, although other petrol derivatives — including a turbodiesel — should be in the country in the third quarter. The Stelvio SUV, the first of the genre for the brand, is earmarked for a fourth-quarter introduction.
Audi’s product onslaught will begin with the introduction of the A5/S5 coupe in the first quarter, followed by the diminutive Q2 crossover. The Sportback will join the fray in the second quarter and the A5 cabriolet in the third quarter. The Q5 will make its way here in the third quarter. For high-performance fans, you can expect the RS3 sedan to arrive in the country in the second quarter and the drop-top R8 by the end of the first quarter. The company’s BMW M4 rival, the RS5, is set to hit SA in the fourth quarter and the TT RS will arrive in the second quarter.
Bentley’s superb Bentayga Diesel will arrive here in the second quarter, while the GTC range will receive an additional model in the GTC Supersports.
The new 5 Series will spearhead the German company’s product introduction this year when it arrives in March. In the same month, the flagship 7 Series, the 760Li, also make inroads. A 3 Series plug-in hybrid, dubbed 330e, will arrive in the second quarter. Then another limited-edition M4, the DTM, will also find its way here in the second/third quarter. BMW is also rumoured to be preparing updates for the mighty M2, which will get the twin-turbo engine from its big brother, M3. It could arrive here before the year is out ahead of the even mightier M2 Club Sport (CS), set to launch in 2018.
Chery has been quiet for a while, but things are set to change with the launch of the next-generation Tiggo in the third quarter.
General Motors will finally make its Cruze sedan available in SA, which has been rather a long time coming following the unveiling of the vehicle in Detroit in 2015. Expect this one in the third quarter and let’s hope it has an ace up its sleeve to take on the establishment of the Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta, among others.
The replacement for the FF, the GTC4Lusso, is due to arrive in the country in April or May.
The Italian carmaker will bring two new models to our shores in the form of the Tipo in the first quarter, which will take the fight to the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Cruze, and compact MPV Tango in the second quarter. April will see the arrival of the luxury 500 Riva, whose interior aims to replicate the famous Riva motorboats.
Ford has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, but one of its most important models, the new Fiesta, will be launched this year. Meanwhile, the update of the model that has been causing all the commotion, the Kuga, will arrive in the second quarter.
The Chinese marque, more well-known for its Tunland bakkie, will launch the Sauvana in the second quarter— an SUV in the mould of the Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner.
One of Honda’s most successful models and nameplate, the CR-V, will be launched in SA in the third quarter. It has a new bolder design than the outgoing model. Meanwhile, the Ballade will also receive some updates in the second quarter.
One of the company’s most significant models, the i30 hatch, will make its way here in the third quarter, bringing with it new styling and a raft of new turbo engines. Before that, though, the company will launch a compact crossover, dubbed Creta, later this month. Meanwhile, the Grand i10 will receive some updates in the third quarter.
Jaguar is rumoured to be planning an SUV below the F-Pace in the form of the E-Pace. Set to be based on the Range Rover Evoque platform, very few details are available except that it could be rushed to the market in the second half of the year so as not to steal the limelight from the electric I-Pace, coming in 2018.
The US manufacturer has been fairly quiet since the launch of the Renegade two years ago, but will bring the new Compass to the market in the third quarter. The vehicle has a more agreeable design, as you will have seen in our spy shots last week.
One of its most important models, the new Rio, will be introduced in the third quarter.
The Discovery 5 will finally make its way here in the third quarter, with a raft of new technologies and engines.
The Japanese manufacturer has been under the radar with regards to groundbreaking models, but now has some interesting products coming to our shores. Not the least of these is the LC500 coupe, which will arrive here in the third quarter. It looks set to take the fight to the large German GT rivals.
The Indian conglomerate will launch the TUV300 compact SUV this month to try its hand at the genre. It will also make the NuvoSport compact SUV available in the fourth quarter.
Among its updated models such as the CX-5, which will arrive in the country in the second quarter, the manufacturer will also bring the MX5 RF (retractable fastback) in the first quarter.
The company will officially unveil its replacement for the 650S at the Geneva motor show next month. It is expected to arrive in SA later this year.
In the first quarter, the three-pointed star brand will usher in the GLA facelift. This will be followed by the thundering AMG E63 and E63 S performance sedans in the second quarter. The AMG GT roadster will also blast into the market in the second quarter. Meanwhile, facelifts of the S-Class sedan, coupe and cabriolet will make their way to this country in the fourth quarter. This will also coincide with updates to the more luxurious Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, too. As we revealed last week, a facelift of the C-Class is also in the works, but it might only make it to this country early in 2018.
Mini’s second-generation Countryman will be here in the first quarter, together with the JCW high-performance version of the Clubman.
This will be the company’s busiest year so far, following the launch of its new Triton bakkie recently. Snapping at its heels will be the latest Outlander compact SUV in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the ASX crossover will receive yet another update, also in the first quarter. Then in the third quarter, the outfit will introduce its Toyota Fortuner competitor in the form of the Pajero Sport.
Both Qashqai and X-Trail will receive updates in the third and fourth quarters respectively. Meanwhile, the now long-in-the-tooth 370Z sports car will also receive a once-over in the third quarter. The Navara is also earmarked to finally be launched this year and we are expecting that to land in SA during March.
Having changed its demeanour from an MPV to a crossover, the new 3008 is scheduled to be introduced to this country in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the 308 hatch will also receive some updates in the fourth quarter to pitch it even closer to the Volkswagen Golf.
The new, second-generation Panamera is now available, while the E-Hybrid version’s availability is yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile, the 911 Carrera GTS models will arrive here in May in coupe, cabriolet and Targa body forms. Big news is that the Panamera Sport Turismo will reach our shores this year, although the company is unable to confirm when that will be. We suspect it will only be in the second half of 2017. It has the looks of a shooting brake but with four doors and you get more practicality due to the larger boot area than in the regular Panamera. Finally, the finishing touches are being made to the new Cayenne, but that is most likely only going to arrive early in 2018.
First out of the starting blocks for this French manufacturer is a limited-edition Kadjar model, which you can read about elsewhere in this issue. Also in the first quarter, the Sandero will receive some cosmetic updates and probably new engines from the Clio, which itself receives updates that include the RS 220 Trophy around the end of the first quarter. The Captur, too, will receive updates in the third quarter. The Duster-based Oroch bakkie is also under consideration for our market this year, but dates could not be confirmed at this stage.
The luxury British marque launched two models under its Black Badge last week. These come in the form of the Ghost Black Badge and the most powerful production Roller to date, the Wraith Black Badge. The new Phantom is set to be revealed in October or November and could be here before the end of the year.
The Japanese manufacturer will introduce the new XV crossover in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the company is also considering bringing the new Impreza to our shores, while the Levorg — essentially a WRX wagon — is also under consideration for SA this year.
The cute, compact crossover, the Ignis, is scheduled to arrive on this country shores in April this year.
The radical-looking C-HR compact crossover will be introduced later this month. The updated Etios range, including the Sprint variant, will be introduced locally towards the end of the first quarter or early in the second quarter. In addition, the playful 86 sports coupe will arrive around the fourth quarter.
Volkswagen (VW) will launch the updated Golf in the third quarter, which will also include a more powerful R version. Meanwhile, the Tiguan range will be further expanded with a turbodiesel version in the first quarter. The much-anticipated V6 turbodiesel Amarok will arrive in the third quarter. The replacement for the CC, currently called the Arteon, could also arrive around the same time. It looks as though VW might have brought the introduction of the next-generation Touareg forward with a reveal possible before the end of the year. It is unlikely to make it to SA before 2018 though.
Having just launched the S90 sedan, the Swedish carmaker will also bring the V90 CC (Cross Country) to our shores in the third quarter. There has been no official word yet on the new XC60 as that vehicle is yet to be unveiled, but we can guess it will look like a baby XC90 when its show veils are lifted.