Compact Crossover Craze in SA for 2021

2021 Kia Sonet India Spec 5

The demand for compact crossovers is rising in South Africa and car manufacturers are looking to meet strong demand with a host of new compact crossovers that are expected to be introduced on local soil in the coming weeks and months. 

The compact crossover segment is flourishing in South Africa and it’s no surprise that the segment is growing at a phenomenal rate. Buyers in this segment are absolutely spoilt for choice! 

Established products in this segment such as the Ford Ecosport, Honda BR-V, Haval H2, Hyundai Venue, Peugeot 2008 and Volkswagen T-Cross, for example, will now be under pressure as newer and less expensive products are due to arrive on local soil soon. 

Recently, South Africa saw the introduction of the Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Toyota Urban Cruiser which are the result of a collaboration between the 2 Japanese automakers. However, the segment is due to grow even further in the near future as other brands seek to woo local buyers with their new wares. 

Here are new compact crossovers that are due to arrive in South Africa soon!

Nissan Magnite - April 2021

Nissan Magnite

The official introduction of the new Nissan Magnite is imminent and this Indian-built crossover will arrive with a new turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine with at least 100 kW and 160 Nm of torque and is expected to be offered with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

Local buyers can expect features such as 16-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse camera and push-button start. Local specification and pricing, however, will be confirmed soon, so stay tuned!

Also see: Nissan Magnite (2021) International Launch Review 

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Kia Sonet - Q2 2021

Kia Sonet

Kia will launch its new Sonet compact crossover locally in this, the 2nd quarter of 2021, and it’s based on the same platform as the Hyundai Venue. While South African specification details have yet to be confirmed, we suspect that the Indian-built Sonet will arrive with the same, 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbopetrol engine found in the Venue with at least 88 kW and 172 Nm. A 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is likely. 

Expected nice-to-have features inside the Sonet include a large 10.25-inch infotainment system, digital instrument cluster and even wireless charging. Look out for specification and pricing details in the near future. 

Also see: Kia Sonet (2020) International Launch Review

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Renault Kiger - Q3 2021 

Sharing its platform with the 7-seat Triber, the Kiger will come to market with some French flair and we are fairly certain that Renault will price its newcomer aggressively to ensure that it claims its share in this competitive segment.   

The Kiger will be powered by a 1.0-litre turbopetrol engine with 74 kW and 160 Nm and will be mated with a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT. In terms of key features, the Kiger will feature an 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system as well as a configurable 7-inch instrument cluster. The Kiger’s 205 mm ground clearance will also be useful for traversing gravel roads or hopping the odd pavement in the city. Local pricing and specification details will be revealed closer to launch which is said to be during the 3rd quarter of 2021. 

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