Are you looking to buy a new hatchback in 2019? Well, there are some stylish (and fast) products headed for our market this year and buyers have much to look forward to. Here are 7 hatchbacks worth waiting for…
Toyota Corolla Hatchback
The new Toyota Corolla hatchback is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2019. Local specification has yet to be confirmed but buyers can expect to see the C-HR’s 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine doing service under the bonnet of the Corolla with 85 kW and 185 Nm of torque and with either a 6-speed manual or CVT being offered.
Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic
This potent hot hatch is a new addition to the A-Class family and will arrive in SA in Q1 of 2019. It will slot in below the range-topping AMG A45 4Matic derivatives which are expected to arrive later. A turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with 225 kW and 400 Nm of torque will ensure brisk acceleration using a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The sprint from zero to 100 kph is claimed at 4.7 seconds. Volkswagen Golf R drivers beware…
Renault Megane RS Trophy
The new Renault Megane RS has impressed us so far but we can’t wait for the hardcore Megane RS Trophy to arrive in the third quarter of 2019. Fitted with a 1.8-litre turbopetrol engine that now develops 224 kW and 420 Nm when paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. A 6-speed manual is also on the cards. The track-focused Megane RS Trophy is the most powerful RS model to date. Apart from featuring stiffer suspension and a Torsen mechanical limited slip differential, it's also fitted with enhanced bi-material front brake discs and specific 19-inch 'Jerez' alloy wheels shod with high-performance Bridgestone tyres.
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Opel Corsa GSi
Opel will launch the 3-door Corsa GSi in April 2019! It’s expected to offer dynamic handling ability thanks to its agile OPC chassis and will be powered by a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol with 110 kW and 220 Nm of torque and makes use of a short-ratio 6-speed manual transmission to drive the front wheels.
Also see: Cars Coming to SA in 2019
The new Audi A1 is due to arrive locally in Q4 of 2019. Not only is new A1 bigger, but its interior cabin has also been thoroughly overhauled. In terms of engines, a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine in 2 states of tune will be offered with outputs of 70 kW/175 Nm and 85 kW/200 Nm. A 1.5-litre turbopetrol with 110 kW and 250 Nm will also be offered while the range will be headlined by a 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine with 147 kW and 320 Nm of torque.
The new Mazda3 was recently revealed and it looks fantastic. It’s due to arrive in Q3 of 2019 but engines for South Africa have yet to be confirmed. Nonetheless, a new Skyactiv-X engine is expected along with updated versions of its 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engines. We will keep you informed as soon as local specification is confirmed.
Also see: New Mazda3 Revealed [w/video]
Suzuki Swift Sport
The new Suzuki Swift Sport has been confirmed for South Africa and is expected to launch in June 2019. The Swift Sport will be one of the first models to be powered by Suzuki’s turbocharged 1.4-litre ‘Boosterjet’ engine offering 103 kW and 230 Nm of torque and will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.