These are the officially announced cars that we’ve singled out as being quite important to the South African market. And some deeply exciting ones too. Here they are sorted by manufacturer and in alphabetical order.
It looks like we’re getting a Stelvio Facelift as well as a similarly nipped and tucked Giulia. The latter car will also be receiving a limited-edition model, so that’s nice.
Just one on the cards, I’m afraid – and it’s an SUV. Oh, put your pitchforks away because the DBX is a stunning looking off-roader, with the profile of a supercar and the heart of, well a German super-saloon thanks to the 404kW AMG twin-turbo V8.
From Ingolstadt with love, I present you an absolute flock of Audis including the spirited gravel grinders such as the RSQ3 and SQ8. Their slippery executive saloon, the new A6 drops this year as does the refreshed Audi TT RS, which we’re particularly hyped about. Then there’s the S7, A5, S8 and ultimately, the e-tron.
The Bentley Flying Spur is the ‘bite the back of your hand’ kind of attractive saloon, blessed with 467kW so not a slouch either. We’ll take one in an urbane grey, thanks.
2020 is the year of the M8 Gran Coupe Competition, a 460kW monster with the soundtrack of the gods themselves. Soon after its first quarter release we’ll get an equally vociferous droptop rendition. Also coming from Bavaria, the X5 and X6 also in Competition trim, as well as the new X5 xDrive45e derivative. Then there’s the 2 Series Gran Coupe which should be a niche busting marvel.
The Datsun Go is one prolific little hatch – and here it is once again being stretched to a new model, the Cross. So that’s a tiny, budget crossover then with seven seats and a 58kW/105Nm engine combined with a 5-speed manual box. Technically Datsun haven’t given us a date for its release, but the configuration is certainly right on the money for the SA market.
Please make way for the absolutely breathtaking, SA bound F8 Spider. With its blown 3.9-litre V8, good for 530kW/770Nm, this folding soft-top Tributo can’t get here soon enough. Expect to see one haunting your local hotspots in the fourth quarter. And so will the Ferrari 812 GTS.
There’s one new car from the other Italian brand this year, and that’s the facelifted 500X. Which is news to us, because we forgot it existed. Think of it as an Italian Jeep Renegade and you get the picture. Only now it gets a more frugal 3-cylinder engine lineup.
Much like Datsun has done with the Go Cross, the Figo gets a new off road bent dubbed Freestyle. We like the look of it and reckon its 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine – good for 74kW and 215Nm, will be up to the task. Look it hasn’t been confirmed for SA, but since Ford has no other products line up, we reckon they should.
Look, the P Series double-cab needs to be taken seriously. It has the good looks and the performance required to compete in South Africa’s bakkie market plus should be affordable to boot. Them’s all the hallmarks of a Mzansi success story, so let’s see what the 140kW/310Nm GWM can do when it arrives in the second half of 2020.
Still in China, the H2 is due for a 2020 facelift and refresh this year. It will now come in 1.5T City and Luxury flavours, with the same 105kW/202Nm heart between them.