Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV. Picture: SUPPLIED
Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV. Picture: SUPPLIED

After a busy year of new-car launches in SA, the motor industry shows little sign of slowing down, and a raft of new cars, bakkies and SUVs is headed here in 2019.

Here are ten of the most anticipated new models:

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (QV) — first quarter 2019. The fire-breathing version of Alfa’s SUV wields a 2.9l V6  biturbo engine with outputs of 380kW and 600Nm. Apart from giving it the ability to scorch from rest to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds and reach a 283km/h top speed, the Stelvio QV is the SUV king around the iconic Nurburgring Norschleife, having clocked 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.

Transmission duty in the all-wheel-drive car is performed by an eight-speed ZF paddle-shift transmission with an upshift time of just 150 milliseconds in Race mode. The rear-biased all-wheel-drive system has a torque vectoring centre differential to ensure maximum traction in all road conditions.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect a sharp premium over the 2l version which sells for just under R1m.

BMW X7. Picture: SUPPLIED
BMW X7. Picture: SUPPLIED

BMW X7 — March 2019. Fresh from its world debut at December’s Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW’s largest and most luxurious SUV will arrive here in two versions: the xDrive30d single-turbo diesel with outputs of 195kW and 620Nm, and the four-turbo M50d diesel with 294kW and 760Nm.

Both models boast an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and an xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. Adaptive air suspension with electronic height adjustment will come standard, and customers can choose the vehicle in six- or seven-seat configurations.

The X7 xDrive30d will be priced at R1,562,849, and the X7 M50d at R1,862,308.

BMW Z4. Picture: SUPPLIED
BMW Z4. Picture: SUPPLIED

BMW Z4 — first quarter 2019. The latest incarnation of BMW’s two-seater roadster returns to a cloth roof, which shaves off 40kg of weight. The flagship M40i model is powered by a 250kW/500Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo for a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed limited to 250km/h. It has some serious handling credentials with lowered sports suspension, electronically controlled dampers and an M-Sport differential. The sDrive 2-litre turbo has outputs of 145kW and 320Nm.

Indicative prices are R1,030,500 for the M40i and R755,900 for the entry-level sDrive 20i.

Ford Ranger Raptor. Picture: SUPPLIED
Ford Ranger Raptor. Picture: SUPPLIED

Ford Ranger Raptor — second quarter 2019. The Raptor features a reinforced chassis supported by completely different front and rear suspension compared to the standard Ranger, with motorsport-derived  position-sensitive damping Fox shocks and extra ground clearance. The beefed-up bakkie also gets uprated brakes, a 150mm wider track, 168mm wider body and much bigger tyres.

The flagship Raptor is hustled along by a 157kW and 500Nm biturbo 2l turbodiesel paired with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. There’s a five-mode  terrain management system offering two road and four offroad settings.

Pricing is still under wraps.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Picture: SUPPLIED
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Picture: SUPPLIED

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk — First quarter 2019. The most powerful and quickest Jeep SUV yet, it’s fired along by a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine delivering an astonishing 522kW power and 868Nm  torque. This comfortably outpunches mighty SUV rivals such as the BMW X5M / X6M, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 and Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Orders will open in January for this brute with a claimed 0-100km/h acceleration time of just 3.5 seconds, and the asking price for the most powerful SUV in the land is R2,199,900.

Jeep Wrangler. Picture: SUPPLIED
Jeep Wrangler. Picture: SUPPLIED

Jeep Wrangler — first quarter 2019. The all-new Wrangler, now in its fourth generation, retains the legendary 4x4 capabilities and DNA of the iconic original while adding advanced new engines, a host of advanced technology, a more stylish and comfortable cabin, and various top combinations to ensure even more open-air freedom.

Pricing is not yet available.

Jaguar I-Pace. Picture: SUPPLIED
Jaguar I-Pace. Picture: SUPPLIED

Jaguar I-Pace — February. Jaguar’s first electric vehicle will have impressive outputs of 294kW and 696Nm, enough to launch the all-wheel-drive SUV from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds. A single full charge provides a claimed range of up to 470km, which Jaguar says is more than enough to cover the average weekly commute of 300km. Jaguar has set up a fast-charging network around the country that can charge the vehicle from 0 to 80% in about 72 minutes), so that I-Pace owners can also take their vehicles on holiday.  

The prices are eye-watering however, ranging from R1,687,200 to R1,920,700.

Porsche 911. Picture: SUPPLIED
Porsche 911. Picture: SUPPLIED

Porsche 911 — mid-year. The eighth generation of the iconic rear-engined sports car becomes a little better on both ends of its multitalented scale. It’s an even more relaxed and comfortable commuter, but gets added adrenaline at the sporty end with improved power and traction, which includes a new wet mode  that makes the car safer to drive in rainy weather.

The new 911 will arrive in SA around mid-year priced at R1,708,000 for the Carrera S and R1,797,000 for the 4S. The Cabriolet version will follow soon afterwards.

Tesla Model 3. Picture: SUPPLIED
Tesla Model 3. Picture: SUPPLIED

Tesla — Sometime in 2019? Elon Musk caused excitement by recently tweeting that his electric Teslas would go on sale in SA  in 2019 but revealed no further details, including who the local distributor might be or which models will be offered. Overseas there are three ranges: the Model S luxury sedan, the Model X SUV, and the new Model 3 sedan which is Tesla’s most affordable car with a starting price in the US of $35,000 (R500,000). Musk has been known to jump the gun in his tweets sometimes, so we’re not necessarily holding our breath anticipating his cars here in 2019.

Toyota Supra. Picture: SUPPLIED
Toyota Supra. Picture: SUPPLIED

Toyota Supra — first half of 2019. The fourth-generation Supra built from 1993 to 2002 gained near-cult status in the Fast and the Furious movie franchise, which is why the new fifth-gen car has created such a stir. After an unusually long teaser campaign, Toyota’s much-anticipated rear-wheel-drive sports car has its official world unveiling at January’s Detroit motor show.

The two-seater shares its chassis with BMW’s new Z4 roadster, and will likely use BMW turbo engines too including the 3-litre six-cylinder and the 2-litre four-cylinder. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.