If you are shopping in the upper-end of the double-cab bakkie market and are prepared to pay the price then you should take a closer look at these 5 most expensive double-cab bakkies.
The new, Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class was recently launched in South Africa and it now wears the crown as the most expensive double-cab bakkie on sale in our market. The current top-of-the-range X250d 4Matic Power automatic derivative comes in at an eye-watering R824 205 before you start ticking off options! It’s powered by a biturbo 2.3-litre diesel engine with 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque that is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Of course, there are cheaper X-Class’ on offer too and if you opt for the more workmanlike, entry-level X220d Progressive with 120 kW and 403 Nm dispatched from its 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine, you are looking at a price of R646 071 for manual or R699 071 for the automatic. Both engine choices are offered in either 4x2 or 4x4 guise.
It does not end there though, Mercedes-Benz will be introducing a V6-powered X350d model later in 2018 to rival the Amarok V6 and it will arrive with 190 kW and 550 Nm of torque. However, it is expected to cost a small fortune with pricing expected close to R1 million. Ouch!
Watch our video review of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class below!
Prior to the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, Volkswagen’s Amarok was the most expensive double-cab bakkie in South Africa, but now looks like "good value for money" when parked next to the X-Class.
The Amarok range is headlined by the 3.0 V6 Extreme 4Motion derivative priced at R791 300. It offers peak outputs of 165 kW and 550 Nm of torque, but there is a further overboost function that lifts power to 180 kW and torque up to 580 Nm, making it the most powerful diesel double-cab currently on the market. This derivative is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Volkswagen will also be launching a more potent Amarok V6 version in 2019 with power outputs of 190 kW and 580 Nm of torque (with an overboost function that increases power to no less than 200 kW for up to 20 seconds).
A 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 103 kW and 340 Nm is offered with pricing starting at R515 600, while a bi-turbo 2.0-litre diesel engine with 132 kW and 400 Nm of torque is also available (those derivatives start at R551 500). Both engines are offered in 4x2 or 4x4 guise.
Watch our video review of the Volkswagen Amarok V6 below!
Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series
Although it’s perhaps not as modern as the other double-cab bakkies on this list, the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series is highly regarded as a robust and reliable workhorse and it has a devout and loyal following in South Africa.
The V8-powered Land Cruiser LX derivative is equipped with a 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel engine that offers a heady 151 kW and 430 Nm of torque and is fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission. It’s the most expensive double cab in the range with a price tag of R743 200.
The more affordable diesel option is a naturally-aspirated 4.2-litre diesel engine with 96 kW and 285 Nm of torque which is also mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Pricing for this derivative is R662 400.
You can, of course, opt for the cheaper 4.0-litre V6 petrol derivative with 170 kW and 360 Nm of torque, which is priced at R632 200.
The tried-and-tested Toyota Hilux is the best-selling bakkie in South Africa and the limited edition Hilux V6 4x4 Raider Dakar edition is currently listed as the most expensive Hilux in the range with a price of R662 700. It’s fitted with a 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine with 175 kW and 376 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Read more: Toyota Hilux Dakar Edition Price Announced
The standard Hilux 4.0 V6 4x4 Raider is priced at R651 800. The 2.8-litre GD-6 4x4 Raider automatic is the pick-of-the-range and offers 130 kW and 450 Nm of torque, coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and priced at R601 600. This derivative can also be had in Dakar guise for R621 000.
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The mighty Ford Ranger is hugely popular in South Africa and currently ranks second in terms local sales. The Wildtrak 4x4 double cab, which is priced from R633 500, is perched at the top of the range with its bullish styling and powerful 3.2-litre turbodiesel engine that offers up 147 kW and 470 Nm of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard. The 118 kW / 385 Nm 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is also worth consideration with pricing starting from R445 500.
Ford recently announced that the facelifted Ranger will come to market in 2019 fitted with the same 2.0-litre, bi-turbodiesel engine that powers the Ranger Raptor (also due in 2019) with 157 kW and 500 Nm of torque. A new 10-speed automatic transmission will also be offered on the facelifted Ranger when it arrives. We expect the Ford Ranger Raptor to be priced at about R800k.
Watch our video review of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak below!