What can you expect from the South African car market in 2018? We’ve got some ideas if you’re in the market to buy yourself (or a loved one) something fast and pretty!
Range Rover P400e PHEV
This one is definitely worth looking at. The brand is commonly associated with comfort and luxury while still being a off-road frontrunner, and the facelift-design performs no different. The P400e offers a total output of 297 kW with 640 Nm of torque and can accelerate from 0-100 kph in 6.4 seconds with its permanent 4-wheel drive system. Top speed is rated at 220 kph and it can travel up to 51 km on electricity alone. An 8-speed ZF automatic transmission is standard. It also comes with 2 HD, 10-inch touchscreens which house the majority of the vehicle’s functions and infotainment to help drastically reduce the number of buttons found in the cabin and contribute to a minimalist cabin design.
The brand-new 2018 Volkswagen Polo sports a more spacious cabin, new dashboard, steering wheel and switchgear for a thoroughly modern-looking car, with interesting proportions, crisp lines and a confident stance. Not only that, but it’s bigger as well. In fact, it’s 81 mm longer, 63 mm wider and 7 mm lower than its predecessor. The wheelbase is 92 mm longer, while the track widths are up by 62 mm at the front (to 1 525 mm) and 49 mm at the rear (to 1 505 mm), giving it a considerably larger footprint.
It’s shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Swift is one of the brand’s most popular vehicles. But what makes this new model better than the old ones? It’s bigger with increased cabin space, lighter and even comes with a 7-inch touchscreen. The Swift Sport however, will now be powered by turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol (previously a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre) with 103 kW and 230 Nm and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
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