New Cars in SA for 2018


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

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. 

Other models:  

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.

Other models:

Audi TT Facelift – TBC 2018

Audi RS5 Sportback – TBC 2018


Aston Martin

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin DB11 Volante



Bentley Continental GT

Bentley Bentayga Diesel



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 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 Fiesta (2018) International Launch Review

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 EcoSport Facelift (2018) International Launch Review

Other models:

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.


Honda Civic Type R

The Honda CIvic Type R has arrived in SA with its 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 228 kW and 400 Nm of torque. It will crack zero to 100 kph in 5.8 seconds and its ride is far more forgiving than the previous Type R, which means it can be driven to work every day. This firecracker is priced from R627 900 (February 2018). 

Honda Civic Type R (2018) Launch Review


Hyundai i30 N

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 i30 N (2018) International Launch Review

Other models:

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. The E-Pace is expected to arrive in SA towards the end of March 2018 with pricing starting at R598 500.

New Jaguar E-Pace (2018) Price in SA

Jaguar E-Pace (2018) International Launch Review

5 Interesting things about the new Jaguar E-Pace

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.  

Other models:

Kia Cerato – Q3 2018

Kia Grand Sedona Facelift – Q2 2018

Kia Sportage Facelift – Q3 2018


Land Rover

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



Lamborghini Urus



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.  

Other models:

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 X-Class (2018) International Launch Review

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 Micra (2017) International First Drive

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.  Pricing for the latest Qashqai starts at R334 900 (February 2018) Read: Facelifted Nissan Qashqai (2018) Launch Review

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



Opel Grandland X



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 Alaskan (2017) International Launch Review [Video]

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 Automatic - March 2018

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 – February 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 Yaris - February 2018

Toyota has introduced a new Yaris to the South African market. It's bigger than before and comes equipped with a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre engine with 79 kW and 140 Nm of torque. Buyers have the choice between a CVT or manual transmission. Pricing starts at R230 800 (February 2018).  

Toyota Yaris (2018) Specs and Pricing

Toyota Auris – Q3 2018



Volkswagen Polo – 24 January 2018

The all-new Polo has arrived in SA 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 will arrive a bit later. Pricing starts at R235 900 (February 2018).

Volkswagen Polo (2018) Launch Review

Volkswagen Polo (2018) Specs & Pricing

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 Arteon (2018): What to expect

Volkswagen Polo Vivo –  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.  Read: Volvo XC40 (2017) International Launch Review

Volvo XC60 – Q2 2018


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