Take a look at what double-cab bakkie products are expected to arrive in South Africa in 2021.
Double-cab bakkies remain hugely popular in South Africa and buyers can expect a host of new or facelifted product to reach the local market in 2021. As you can expect, Covid-19 has had an adverse effect on production and product timings and this will likely persist for some time to come. Nonetheless, take a look at what you can expect to see in South Africa in 2021!
Which one of the following bakkie products are you looking forward to most?
Isuzu South Africa is gearing up for local production of the new D-Max which is expected to go on sale locally in the second half of 2021. The new D-Max’s styling will be much bolder than the current model and the now-dated interior will be significantly overhauled and will be equipped with the necessary tech and comfort features to make it competitive in this segment.
In terms of engine power, the new D-Max is fitted with a thoroughly updated 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine that not only more refined than before but also offers outputs of 140 kW and 450 Nm (in the Australian market), however, the local specification has yet to be confirmed.
The French carmaker will look to enter the highly-competitive double cab bakkie segment with the Landtrek. The Landtrek is likely to be offered in 3 body styles including single-cab, double-cab and chassis cab, catering for both the workhorse and lifestyle market. It’s expected to come to market in 4.2 and 4x4 guise with both a petrol and diesel engine choice including 2.4-litre turbopetrol engine offers outputs of 157 kW and 320 Nm of torque while a 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine develops 112 kW and 350 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission are expected.
GWM P Series
The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the arrival of the highly-anticipated GWM P Series which should have already been launched in South Africa. Nonetheless, the Chinese newcomer should arrive in 2021 and when it does, it may very well ruffle a few feathers.
Sharing a platform with the Haval H9 SUV, the P Series is expected to offer bold styling with a feature-rich and modern cabin. It will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine with 140 kW and 360 Nm of torque and mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. More so, the P Series is said to offer no less than 3 differential locks that should make it a formidable offroad performer.
Read more about the GWM P Series here
Mazda revealed its new BT-50 earlier this year and while it’s based on the new Isuzu D-Max, it features styling more in line with Mazda’s passenger cars. It’s expected to arrive in South Africa in the first half of 2020.
The BT-50 will share the engine found in the D-MAx which is a 3.0-litre turbodiesel unit with 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque and buyers will be able to choose between either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, in 2- and 4-wheel-drive guises, the latter with a locking rear differential.
Toyota Hilux Facelift
South Africa’s favourite bakkie has received a facelift and the while its exact arrival has yet to confirm, you can be sure that it will be a hit with local buyers in 2021.
The most welcome news for the facelifted Hilux is that power outputs of the 2.8-litre GD-6 engine have been bumped up from 130 kW/420 Nm to 150 kW/500 Nm! The Hilux’s suspension has also been revised in an effort to improve ride comfort. As you would expect, Toyota has also revised the exterior styling while also refining the interior with new or upgraded comfort and tech features.
Nissan Navara Facelift
Following a R3-billion investment to upgrade its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria, Nissan will look to produce the facelifted Navara as of 2021. The Navara is expected to receive exterior and interior updates before the next-generation Navara comes to market from 2022.
In addition to suspension upgrades, perhaps the most notable improvement is an updated 2.3-litre diesel engine which now features not one, but 2 turbochargers. Outputs remain the same at 140 kW and 450 Nm. The Navara also benefits from a new 6-speed manual transmission which is said to offer easier and more refined gear shifts with improved synchronisation and reduced vibration. The 7-speed automatic transmission has also been reworked to improve comfort, refinement and responsiveness.
Read more about the facelifted Nissan Navara here
Renault Duster Oroch and Alaskan
It’s been on the cards but unconfirmed for a few years that Renault South Africa is trying to get its hands on the 1-tonne Duster Oroch double cab and Alaskan leisure bakkie. In March 2019, it was confirmed that both these models would reach South Africa in 2021 in facelifted form. However, considering the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant global impact its had on the motoring industry, it remains to be seen whether the duo will see the light of day locally.
Based on the Nissan Navara, the Renault Alaskan makes use of a 4-cylinder 2.3-litre twin-turbodiesel engine, which offers peak outputs of 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque and is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The Duster Oroch, on the other hand, is equipped with a choice of 2 naturally-aspirated petrol engines and a turbocharged 1.5-litre diesel engine, however, it’s not yet clear which of these would be offered locally.