2018 is set to be a bumper year for new models coming to SA. Volume sellers such as the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta will both hit the market before the midway point of 2018, but what else can you expect to see on the roads? Here's the definitive list of new cars coming to SA in 2018.
We have created an alphabetical (by brand) list of all the cars you can expect to see in South Africa this year.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Q3 2018
Having made its world debut in the UAE, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which set a set the lap record for a production SUV at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife in September 2017, will arrive in the South African market in the 3rd quarter of 2018. Powered by a 375 kW/600 Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 mated with an 8-speed transmission and Q4 all-wheel-drive system, the Quadrifoglio utilises its Alfa-Link adaptive suspension and (if specified) carbon-ceramic braking system to delivering stellar performance. It is expected that the initial consignment of Stelvio Quadrifoglios will comprise only 50 units, which will retail for approximately R1.8-million apiece. As was the case with its sedan sibling, you can expect Race and Launch versions.
To bridge the notable performance gap between the (147 kW) 2.0-litre and Quadrifoglio derivatives in the Giulia range, a 206 kW Veloce version is on the cards, but unlike in most overseas markets, it will be offered in rear-wheel-drive configuration in South Africa.
Audi Q8 – TBC 2018
Audi will be making a flagship luxury SUV to take the fight to the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X6/X7. Given how the market has reacted to an Audi SUV (every third model sold globally is an SUV), a big and bold SUV is a good business choice. Expect an array of petrol, diesel and hybrid versions, and let's not rule out a monster SQ8, which will share componentry with the recently-launched Lamborghini Urus.
Audi TT Facelift – TBC 2018
Audi RS5 Sportback – TBC 2018
BMW M5 – March 2018
The hugely-anticipated BMW M5 will make landfall in SA in March 2018 and this monster is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 441 kW and 750 Nm. For the first time, the new BMW M5 features all-wheel drive, which gives it a 0-100 kph time of just 3.4 seconds. You can select between different driving modes that can switch the M5 from all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive configuration. The combinations of the dynamic stability control modes are: DSC on, MDM, DSC off... and the M xDrive modes are 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD.
BMW X2 – March 2018
For those who find the BMW X1 too demure and MPV-ish, BMW will introduce its X2 in South Africa in March 2018. As is the tradition with even-numbered X models, the newcomer's styling is quite daring. Two-wheel-drive turbo petrol and AWD turbodiesel derivatives will be offered. The South African line-up will include 2 derivates from launch, both of which are equipped with automatic transmissions. The front-wheel-drive sDrive20i petrol derivative has peak outputs of 141 kW/280 Nm, a claimed fuel consumption range of between 5.9 and 5.5 L/100 km and a 7-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission. The xDrive20d turbodiesel derivative, meanwhile, produces 140 kW/400 N.m, consumes approximately 4.8 – 4.6 L/100 km, comes equipped with xDrive "intelligent all-wheel drive" and features an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
BMW M3 CS – May 2018
BMW X7 – TBC
BMW i3 Facelift – Q1 2018
BMW i8 Roadster – May 2018
Fiat Panda Cross 4x2 – Q3 2018
Fiat 500X Facelift – Q3 2018
Ford Fiesta - Q2 2018
Ford’s evergreen Fiesta returns with this "all-new" model and it’s coming to South Africa in Q2 of 2018, not too long after the new Volkswagen Polo's arrival. Although specification for the South African Fiesta is yet to be confirmed, we do know what engine and gearbox combinations have been earmarked for our market. The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol with 92 kW and 170 Nm will be available in both manual and automatic guise and will be available in Trend and Titanium trim levels. The automatic version only offers 74 kW, but has the same torque figure at 170 Nm. The 1.5-turbodiesel with 63 kW and 215 Nm of torque is only available in manual guise and will be offered in Trend trim only. An entry-level Ambiente derivative might be introduced at a later stage.
Ford Ecosport – Q2 2018
A new face, some interior upgrades and better build quality are the main changes for Ford's popular crossover. We expect this model to arrive in SA in the second quarter of 2018.
Ford Figo – Mid 2018
Haval H9 – TBC
Haval intends to introduce its third SUV into the market in 2018. The H9 is equipped with 7 seats and is squarely aimed at the Adventure SUV market. Coutesy of its ladder-frame chassis, the H9 will compete with the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. There's only one engine in the range, but it's quite a powerful turbopetrol unit with peak outputs of 160 kW and 324 Nm of torque. Expect it to undercut the competition in price, but offer loads of specification and electrically operated everything.
While the i30N isn't entirely confirmed for SA we feel that there's a lot of excitement about the product. First impressions appear to be quite good and it looks a match for the Golf GTI. There are 2 power outputs for the 2.0-litre turbopetrol, 184 kW and 202 kW with 0-100 kph times of 6.4 and 6.1 respectively. The car is also highly configurable, with settings for the e-differential, engine map, exhaust, suspension, steering and ESC. All in all, there are 1 944 combinations.
Hyundai Grand i10 model introductions – February 2018
Hyundai i20 Facelift – Q2 2018
Hyundai Creta Facelift – Q2 2018
Jaguar E-Pace – March 2018
The E-Pace is a smaller version of the F-Pace and powered by regular turbopetrol and turbodiesel engines. The 2.0-litre turbopetrols have outputs of 183 kW/365 Nm and 221 kW/400 Nm respectively. The 2.0-litre turbodiesels' peak outputs are claimed at 110 kW/380 Nm, 132 kW/430 Nm and 177 kW/500 Nm. The E-Pace is 4 395 mm long with a wheelbase of 2 681 mm which suggests that Jaguar has prioritised interior space with some clever packaging as the boot is claimed to be 577 litres, which is approximately 72 litres more than the BMW X1. The E-Pace’s chassis has been specifically developed for the compact SUV but uses a similar suspension setup to the F-Pace that also has a sporty bias.
Jaguar XJ575 – January 2018
Jeep Compass – Q2 2018
Jeep Wrangler – Q4 2018
Jeep Renegade Facelift – Q3 2018
Jeep Cherokee Facelift – Q3 2018
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Q3 2018
Kia Sorento Facelift – Q3 2018
The facelifted Kia Sorento features a host of changes inside and out, including a new, quicker-shifting and more efficient 8-speed automatic transmission. Inside, Kia has installed a newly-designed steering wheel, instrument cluster, climate control console, plus a wireless smartphone charge pad, while the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with navigation) offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Kia Cerato – Q3 2018
Kia Grand Sedona Facelift – Q2 2018
Kia Sportage Facelift – Q3 2018
Range Rover Sport Facelift – Q2 2018
The facelifted Range Rover Sport wears a revised bumper with reshaped air vents and new LED fog lights. The grille has also been updated and is flanked by new, slim Matrix Pixel LED headlights. New rear taillight clusters are also fitted. On the inside, the Range Rover Sport will benefit from the fitment of a Touch Pro Duo infotainment system comprising of 2 high-definition 10-inch touchscreens. The range-topping SVR derivative gets a performance boost with maximum power from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 bumped up by 18 kW from 405 kW to 423 kW. The SVR is said to be capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds.
Range Rover Facelift – Q2 2018
Lexus NX Facelift – January 2018
The NX executive SUV features a new look all round, plus the range’s line-up has been updated and renamed. Furthermore, the standard spec has improved and suspension settings have been revised to enhance overall ride comfort and stability. The entry-level NX300 E is now front-wheel drive (previously AWD) with a 6-speed auto transmission, while the hybrid NX 300h produces combined outputs of 150 kW and 210 Nm.
Lexus LS – Q2 2018
Lexus RX 7-seater addition – Q1 2018
Mahindra KUV100 Facelift
Mahindra XUV500 Facelift
Mercedes-Benz X-Class – Q2 2018
Merc's X-Class is potentially the biggest new bakkie introduction to hit the South African market, ever, and if interest in anything to go by, this will be a massive moneyspinner for the brand. Based on the Nissan Navara platform, the X-Class goes one big step further than its Japanese sibling and imbues it with luxury trim and refinement. It won't be cheap, but it's going to usher in a new era for the double-cab market in our country.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Late 2018
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Facelift – TBC 2018
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabrio Facelift – 25 January 2018
Mercedes-Maybach – 25 January 2018
Mercedes-AMG GTC Coupe – TBC 2018
Mercedes-AMG GLC63 – TBC 2018
Mercedes-Benz G-Class – TBC 2018
Mitsubishi ASX – TBC 2018
Nissan Micra – Q2 2018
Nissan South Africa is preparing to introduce its new 5th-generation compact hatchback in the local market around the 2nd quarter of 2018. The newcomer will go on sale in tandem with the recently-launched version of its predecessor. The new Micra is unashamedly styled to turn heads and targets an altogether younger demographic. It is lower, wider and longer than its predecessor and its chiselled exterior offers considerably more space inside. Now riding on an agile, re-engineered chassis, the new Micra comes with a full complement of safety kit and connective tech.
Nissan Qashqai Facelift - Q1 2018
Nissan’s popular Qashqai has been facelifted and the updated model features a number of styling, technology and performance improvements. The interior has been improved with upgraded materials and a new cabin layout. The top-spec Qashqai Tekna+ derivative features new seats in Nappa leather with 3D quilting on the centre panels. The NissanConnect infotainment system has also been updated with a new user interface. A 7-speaker BOSE premium sound system will be offered as an option. Engines and transmissions are likely to carry over from the current range. That means that the 85 kW/190 Nm 1.2-litre turbopetrol, 81 kW/260 Nm 1.5-litre turbodiesel and the 120 kW/240 Nm 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine will remain.
Nissan Navara 4x2 – Q1 2018
Nissan Leaf – TBC
Peugeot 5008 – Q3 2018
The crossover/SUV simply offers more "everything" than a traditional MPV. Now, hard on the heels of the new-look 3008, comes this striking 5008. The newcomer looks very stylish and while it shares a name with its predecessor, that's about all they have in common. Claimed to combine luxury, practicality and technology with some offroad ability, this new vehicle will be offered to the South African market in 3 three trim levels (Access, Active, and Allure) with a top-spec and sporty GT Line version, as well as an exclusive GT derivative.
Peugeot 308 Facelift – Q2 2018
Peugeot 3008 model additions – Q2 2018
Porsche 911 GT2 RS – Q1 2018
Porsche 718 GTS – April 2018
Porsche Cayenne – June 2018
Renault Alaskan – TBC 2018
Renault will enter the competitive leisure double-cab market with its Navara-based Alaskan, which is expected to arrive in SA in the third quarter of 2018. The Alaskan will square off against established rivals such as the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Volkswagen Amarok and the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
The Alaskan is fitted with a Renault-tuned, 4-cylinder 2.3-litre twin-turbodiesel engine with peak outputs of 140 kW at 3 600 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2 000 rpm. A 120 kW version is also under consideration but has not yet been confirmed for our market. The Alaskan will be offered with either a 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Local specification and pricing will be determined closer to launch.
Renault Duster – Q3 2018
An all-new version of the popular Renault Duster will land in South Africa in the third quarter of 2018 with fresh exterior styling and a newly designed cabin with more features. Renault will continue to position the Duster as a high-value offering but local engine and specification details have yet to be confirmed. However, we speculate that the engine lineup will carry over from the current Duster 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.
Renault Kwid Facelift – Q4 2018
Renault Duster Oroch – TBC
Renault Koleos – TBC
Renault Megane RS – Mid-2018
Subaru WRX and STi upgrade – TBC 2018
These niche performance vehicles are still around and 2018 will see some enhancements and a refresh. There are tweaks to the suspension, bigger brakes and some slight cosmetic changes. It's surprising to note that the new platform from Subaru is not being used.
Subaru Forester – TBC 2018
Subaru Levorg – TBC 2018
Subaru Outback Facelift – TBC 2018
Subaru Legacy – TBC 2018
Suzuki Swift – Q2 2018
This new Swift's platform is 30 kg lighter, which has contributed to the lightest Swift in the new line-up registering a kerb weight of just 890 kg, which is 104 kg lighter overall. The engine range consists of a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated unit that puts out 67 kW and a 1.0-litre turbopetrol that's capable of 83 kW. Whether the turbo unit will make it to SA is unlikely but the 1.2 should be enough considering the lighter load it carries now. The interior has been completely redesigned and features a new dashboard with a V-shaped layout and revised vents. The dash design is neat, but nothing like the effort given to the Ignis.
Suzuki Jimny – TBC Q3 2018
Suzuki Ciaz Facelift – Q2 2018
Suzuki Vitara Facelift – Q4 2018
Suzuki Celerio Facelift – Q2 2018
Toyota Auris – Q3 2018
Volkswagen Polo – 24 January 2018
The all-new Polo gatecrashes our market in January and is one of the biggest launches of the year. The new car is more mature and features new tech. The new model is 81 mm longer, 63 mm wider and 7 mm lower than its predecessor. It has a wheelbase of 2 564 mm, 92 mm longer than the previous model, giving it a considerably larger footprint. The hotter Polo GTI follows on a little later.
Volkswagen Arteon – April 2018
The Arteon is built on the same MQB platform as the current Golf, Passat, Touran and Tiguan. The Arteon differentiates itself from the Passat with its longer wheelbase, its wider axle tracks, its lower roofline and the driving position quite different. There are 6 engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations, plus digital displays and controls. Its design is also the first of the next generation Volkswagens.
Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 13 February 2018
Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace – May 2018
Volvo XC40 – April 2018
Volvo enters the compact SUV segment with the XC40. It will hopefully catapult Volvo up the sales charts in a particularly popular segment. It seems to be a complete package with excellent looks, powerful and modern engines, a refined ride and plenty of practicality. More models will join the ranks later, but SA will get AWD T5 (turbopetrol) and D4 (turbodiesel) first.
Volvo XC60 – Q2 2018