Take a look at 5 new crossovers that you need to add to your shortlist in 2018.
The market demand for crossovers has risen substantially in recent years and manufacturers are responding by introducing new product to satisfy the local buying appetite for these stylish and practical vehicles. Consumers shopping in this segment have lots of choice and your final decision will ultimately depend on your budget and preference. Here are 5 new crossovers for you to consider.
BMW launched its new X2 in March 2018 and it offers daring styling coupled with the allure of a BMW badge on the nose. A choice of 3 engines is available.
The X2 range kicks off with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the X2 sDrive18i with 103 kW and 220 Nm of torque. A choice of either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission is offered for this variant. The X2 sDrive20i with a 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine with 141 kW and 280 Nm and mated to a 7-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission and slots in the middle of the X2 range. The top-spec 2.0-litre turbodiesel in the form of the all-wheel drive X2 xDrive20d develops 140 kW / 400 Nm and uses an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. Furthermore, the X2 can be had in either M Sport or M Sport X guise, depending on your styling preference.
The BMW X2 sDrive20i is priced from R577 904 for the X2 sDrive18i manual. Pricing for the mid-range X2 sDrive20i starts from R650 077 while the range-topping X2 xDrive20d's pricing starts from R700 392.
The recently-introduced E-Pace compact crossover/SUV joins the larger F-Pace in Jaguar’s growing SUV stable. A range of turbopetrol and turbodiesel engines with varying outputs are offered along with all-wheel drive capability.
A 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine develops outputs of 184 kW / 365 Nm and 221 kW / 400 Nm. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel derivatives will offer 110 kW / 380 Nm, 132 kW / 430 Nm and 177 kW / 500 Nm. A 9-speed automatic transmission fitted to all E-Pace derivatives as is all-wheel drive. Various trim levels are available too including Standard (Base), S, SE, HSE, R-Dynamic, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE or R-Dynamic HSE specification.
Pricing starts at R608 516 for the 110 kW E-Pace D180 and going all the way up to R858 213 for the top-of-the-range 177 kW E-Pace D240 R-Dynamic HSE. The petrol range starts with the E-Pace P250 priced from R681 831 while the to[p-spec E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic HSE is priced from R909 317.
Watch our video review of the Jaguar E-Pace below!
Volvo’s highly-anticipated XC40 has arrived in South Africa and will look to profit from the acclaim of its larger XC90 sibling.
A total of 3 engines are on offer starting with the front-wheel drive 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine (T3) with 115 kW and 265 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The more powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine (T5) is available with outputs of 185 kW and 350 Nm of torque and is offered with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive capability.
On the diesel front, an all-wheel drive, 2.0-litre turbodiesel (D4) XC40 with 140 kW and 400 Nm is offered with an 8-speed automatic transmission. There is a choice of 3 trim levels (Momentum, Inscription and R-Design). The lineup is expected to expand with additional diesel and petrol engines joining the range at a later stage.
Pricing for the XC40 T3 starts at R489 500 while the T5 range starts at R610 900. Pricing for the XC40 D4 starts at R600 300.
Opel Grandland X
Following on from the introduction of the Opel Crossland in South Africa, Opel has now introduced the larger Grandland X to market.
In terms of engines, the Grandland X features the same 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine found in the Peugeot 3008 with 121 kW and 240 Nm of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Pricing starts at R429 000 for the base-spec Grandland X. The mid-spec Grandland X Enjoy is priced at R465 000 while the top-spec Grandland X Cosmo is priced at R565 000.
A new and improved version of Renault’s popular Duster will make landfall in the third quarter of 2018. The new Duster will continue to offer a combination of value-for-money, capability and practicality which has made it so popular locally.
Engines will likely carry over from the current Duster range, which means you can expect the 77 kW / 148 Nm naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine and the 80 kW / 250 Nm 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine to be offered in both 4x2 and 4x4 guise with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Exact pricing and specification will be announced closer to launch.