As 2020 draws to a close, we cast our gaze ahead to 2021 and focus our attention on the new cars that are due to arrive in South Africa in the new year. Take a look at the list below!
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the arrival of countless new products in 2020 (and may do so again in 2021) but based on the list below, South African car buyers are in for a treat in 2021 with a wide range of exciting products destined to reach local showrooms. Whether you are a startup family looking for a practical baby-mover or a hot-hatch enthusiast looking for bragging rights, there is something for you and for everyone in the new year! Have a squizz at the list of expected products below and let us know what you are looking forward to most!
Abarth Yamaha Monster / Abarth Scorpioneoro - TBC 2021
Two special edition Abarth 595 models are expected to reach South Africa in 2021, namely the Abarth Yamaha Monster and the Abarth Scorpioneoro. Only 2 000 units of each are available worldwide and units allocated to South Africa will therefore be very limited.
These special edition models each feature their own distinct styling approach but both are powered by a 1.4-litre turbopetrol engine with 121 kW and 230 Nm of torque and mated with a 5-speed manual transmission.
Updated versions of Alfa Romeo's Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio are due to reach South Africa in the new year. The changes are mostly cosmetic with some notable equipment upgrades, including the option to fit an Akrapovic exhaust system with carbon fibre tailpipes. The interior has been revamped too and a new 8.8-inch infotainment system is now part of the package. Engine outputs and performance remain the same, however, with the 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 still producing 375 kW and 600 Nm and with power going to the rear wheels for the Giulia and all 4 wheels for the Stelvio via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Performance is brisk, with both claiming 0-100 kph in under 4 seconds.
Drop-topping doesn't get much better than this as Aston Martin prepares to welcome its Vantage Roadster to Mzanzi in the first quarter of 2021. Not only is this AMG-powered newcomer capable of dashing from 0 to 100 kph in 3.7 seconds – its automatic soft-top is said to be able to retract fully in a “record-setting” 6.7 seconds! The Vantage Roadster employs a burly twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine to generate its forward momentum with outputs of 375 kW and 685 Nm of torque and making use of a fast-shifting 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Aston Martin Valhalla - TBC
Audi RS Q8 - Q1
Covid-19 has prevented the introduction of Audi's potent RS Q8 SUV this year and it will now be introduced in Q1 2021. It will bring massive firepower to the road with a 441 kW/800 Nm 4.0-litre bi-turbocharged engine that will ensure a zero to 100 kph sprint time of 3.8 seconds before smashing a top speed of 305 kph. Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch. You can also expect a wide range of S and RS models to make landfall (see below).
Audi S4 Facelift - Q1
Audi S5 Facelift - Q1
Audi RS4 Facelift - Q1
Audi RS5 Facelift - Q1
Audi R8 Facelift - Q1
New Audi S8 - Q1
New Audi RS6 - Q1
New Audi RS7 - Q1
New Audi RS Q3 - Q1
New Audi SQ7 - Q1
New Audi SQ8 - Q1
Audi Q2 Facelift - Q2
Audi Q5 Facelift - Q2
New Audi A3/S3 - Q3
Bentley Bentayga Speed - TBC
The Bentayga Speed received an update and it’s expected to reach South Africa in 2021. The 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 in the Bentayga Speed is said to propel “the fastest SUV in the world” from zero to 100 kph in 3.9 sec and a heady top speed of 306 kph. Outputs are pegged at 474 kW and 900 Nm and those numbers are laid onto the tar using an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Bentley Flying Spur V8 - TBC
BMW M3 and M4 - First half 2020
BMW fans can look forward to the arrival of the new M3 and M4 Coupe on local soil in the first half of the year. Whether you like the grille or not, you can’t dispute what’s lurking in the engine bay. Both the M3 and M4 are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6 engine developing no less than 353 kW (or 375 kW in the Competition derivatives) while torque is pegged at 550 Nm and 650 Nm respectively. Standard versions are fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission while the Competition derivatives make use of an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission. Only the M3 Competition and M4 Competition are destined for South Africa which means we won’t get the choice of a manual transmission on local soil. Local specification and pricing details will be revealed closer to launch.
BMW 5 Series LCI (Facelift) – Q1
BMW 128ti – Q1
It will be a relatively quiet year for the French brand but a facelifted version of the C3 hatchback is expected in the second quarter of 2021. With a fresh look, more choice and a revised interior, the C3 brings flair to a segment that is typically conservative. This latest C3 is therefore refreshing and will appeal to young, style-conscious buyers. As for engine power, The C3 will continue to with the 60 kW/118 Nm 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine as well as the 81 kW/205 Nm 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine. Both a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission directs those outputs to the road. Pricing and specification details will become available closer to launch.
Ferrari Roma - Q1
While Ferrari held a virtual launch and private previews of its Roma compact grand tourer in South Africa earlier this year, the model is officially expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2021. The newcomer is powered by a 3.9-litre V8 turbopetrol engine (mated with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission), which produces 456 kW (from 5 750 to 7 500 rpm) and 760 Nm (3 000–5 750 rpm). The Roma will sprint from 0 to 100 kph in 3.4 sec (with 200 kph coming up 5.9 sec later) and go on to a top speed in excess of 320 kph.
Ferrari Portofino M - Q2
A new-look Fiat Tipo is on the way with not only a fresh design but also a new 1.0-litre turbopetrol engine with 74 kW and 190 Nm of torque. However, our market is likely to persist with the current naturally aspirated 1.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine which offers 70 kW and 127 Nm. Fiat has also introduced a Tipo Cross derivative in overseas markets but it remains to be seen whether it will reach South Africa. The Tipo sedan is also expected to arrive alongside the updated Tipo hatchback.
Fiat 500 MY20 - Q1 / MY21 - Q2
Fiat 500X MY21 - Q1/Q2
Fiat 500X Cabriolet - Q1/Q2
Fiat Fiorino SX MY21 (New specification) - Q1
Fiat Doblo Cargo SX MY21 (New specification) - Q1 (Fiat Doblo Crew Cab also a possibility)
Fiat Ducato Light - TBC
Fiat Ducato Heavy - TBC
Ford Ranger Update - TBC
Ford will look to update its popular Ranger bakkie in 2021 before production of the all-new Ranger begins at the brand’s production facility in Silverton towards the end of 2021 or early in 2022. We suspect that the Ranger update will follow from the recently-revealed Australian-spec Wildrak X which will see a host of visual enhancements and equipment upgrades come to market. We further expect this update to become available in the first or second quarter of 2021, but Ford SA declined to provide exact timings.
Ford Everest Update - TBC
No new or facelifted product expected from GWM in 2021
Haval Big Dog - TBC
Haval (and GWM) was unable to tell us what product it will be launching in South Africa in 2021 but we have high hopes that the Chinese SUV brand will bring its new Big Dog SUV to local soil. South Africa is an SUV-obsessed market and based on the current sales performance of Haval’s SUV range, we think the Big Dog could take a big bite out of the compact SUV pie if it’s offered locally. Either way, we expect Haval to further cement its position as a value-for-money SUV brand in South Africa.
New Honda Jazz - Second half 2021
The Honda Jazz has a reputation for offering notable practicality and reliability and while the current Jazz is long-in-the-tooth, Honda is looking at introducing the new Jazz in South Africa in 2021. Boasting a more modern interior, the Jazz is expected to bolster Honda’s local offering and will likely be powered by a 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 72 kW @ 6 000 rpm and 118 Nm of torque at 5 000 rpm and will be offered with a CVT.
Honda Type R Facelift - First half 2021
Honda CR-V Facelift - Q1
Hyundai Tucson - Q3/Q4 2021
An all-new Tucson family car is headed for South Africa in the second half of 2021 and it’s likely to ruffle a few feathers when it arrives. The sharply-styled Tucson certainly makes a bold statement with its progressive design while its interior execution is equally impressive. In terms of engine choices, South Africa should get a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine, 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine as well as a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine which will be offered with a dual-clutch transmission. Exact specification details will be communicated closer to launch.
Hyundai Palisade - TBC
New Hyundai i20 - Q3/Q4 2021
Hyundai i30 N Facelift - Q1/Q2 2021
Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift - Q1/Q2 2021
Hyundai Kona Facelift - TBC
No new or updated product expected from Isuzu in 2021. The new D-Max is expected in SA in 2022.
Jaguar has updated its F-Pace offering and the brand will be streamlining its engine range when it arrives in 2021. The updated F-Pace will be offered with a choice of 2 turbodiesel engines, 2 petrol engines and a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) derivative. The diesel engine offering includes a 147 kW, 4-cylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine as well as a more powerful 6-cylinder, 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 221 kW.
Petrol engines will include a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 184 kW and a 297 kW 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbo petrol engine. All derivatives are mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission in conjunction with all-wheel-drive. As for the F-Pace PHEV derivative, it combines a 297 kW / 640 Nm 2.0-litre engine with a 76 kW electric motor and 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Jeep Renegade MY21 - Q1
The Jeep Renegade was facelifted back in 2018 and it will finally arrive on local shores in the new year. The Renegade retains its rugged appearance but ushers in some styling tweaks, new engines and an enhanced interior equipment offering. There is a new 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol motor pushing out 90 kW and 190 Nm. Next up is a 1.3-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol with 110 kW and 270 Nm. There are revisions to the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines too. All Jeep Renegades can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, 6-speed dual-clutch transmission or 9-speed automatic shifter.
Jeep Grand Cherokee MY21 - Q1
New Grand Cherokee (5- and 7-seater) - Expected in Q4 2021
Kia Sonet - First half 2021
Kia will introduce the new Sonet compact SUV locally in the first half of the year. The Sonet is based on the same platform as the Hyundai Venue but offers distinct Kia design cues. Engine choices for South Africa have yet to be confirmed but we suspect that our market will receive a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbopetrol engine with 88 kW and 172 Nm as well as a 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine with at least 86 kW and 250 Nm. A naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine with 65 kW and 120 Nm is also a possibility. As for transmissions, a 5 - or 6-speed manual transmission will be offered depending on the engine and a 6-speed automatic or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission are expected too. Official specification details will be communicated closer to launch.
Kia Picanto Facelift - Q1
New Kia Sorento - First half 2021
New Kia Grand Sedona - First half 2021
New Kia Sportage - April 2021
Lamborghini Huracan STO - TBC
Just when you thought the Huracan Performante was all it, Lamborghini ushers in the Huracan STO. The Huracan STO slots in above the Huracan Evo and retains the marvellous 5.2-litre V10 which produces 470 kW and 565 Nm in this application with those numbers exclusively directed to its rear rubber. Its purposeful look is met with equal performance and the zero to 100 kph sprint will take just 3 seconds while zero to 200 kph is claimed in 9 seconds with a top speed of 310 kph.
LR Defender 90 - Q1/Q2
The new Land Rover Defender is proving to be a huge success in South Africa and the newcomer recently wowed the #CarsAwards judges at the testing session at Gerotek where the Defender D240 HSE is looking to claim the Premium SUV crown in the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - powered by WesBank. However, in the first half of 2021, the current Defender lineup will expand with the introduction of the short-wheelbase Defender 90 which is expected to bolster the booming popularity of the new Defender on local soil. The Defender 90 will be offered in 177 kW D240 guise, as well as in 221 kW P300 and 294 kW P400 guise.
LR Defender 110 PHEV and 3.0 Diesel joins the range - Q1/Q2
LR Range Rover 50th edition - Q1/Q2
New or facelifted Lexus products have yet to be confirmed for 2021.
New Mahindra Thar - Q2
The Thar is Mahindra's answer to the Suzuki Jimny and an all-new Thar is set to arrive in South Africa in the second quarter of 2020. It will be available with a choice of 4-cylinder turbocharged powerplants – either a 112 kW/320 Nm 2.0-litre petrol or a 97 kW/320 Nm 2.2-litre diesel. More so, the new Thar will be offered with a hardtop, a fixed soft-top or manual convertible roof. South African specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.
Mahindra Pik Up DC automatic derivative - Q2
New Mahindra XUV500 - Late Q4 or early 2022
Maserati MC20 - TBC
Powered by Maserati’s first in-house-designed engine in 20 years, the new carbon fibre-tubbed and butterfly-doored MC20 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6. It utilises its lightweight body and advanced aerodynamics to accelerate from standstill to 100 kph in less than 2.9 sec and on to a top speed of 325 kph. Outputs are rated at 463 kW and 730 Nm. The MC20’s motor is mated with an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, as well as a limited-slip diff. Thanks to the liberal use of carbon-fibre composites in its construction, the Maserati tips the scales at under 1 500 kg, which gives it a weight/power ratio of 2.33 kg/hp, the firm says. Thanks to a drag coefficient of under 0.38, the car’s said to sprint from 0 to 200 kph in under 8.8 sec.
Maserati Ghibli Hybrid / Quattroporte Trofeo / Ghibli Trofeo - January 2021
Mazda BT-50 - Second half 2020
Mazda's new BT-50 double-cab bakkie will arrive in South Africa in 2021 to take on the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok (to name a few), and the new Isuzu D-Max, the latter of which upon it's based. The new BT-50 adopts a stylish, upmarket look on the outside while its interior adopts similar features to the new D-Max but features a plain yet smart layout. A revised 3.0-litre turbodiesel is found under the bonnet producing no less than 140 kW and 450 Nm and will be offered with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, in 2- and 4-wheel-drive guises, the latter with a locking rear diff. Local specification and pricing details will be communicated closer to the launch.
Mazda CX-30 - February 2021
McLaren 765LT Coupe - December 2020 or early January 2021
Packing 563 kW and 800 Nm from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the McLaren 765LT utilises myriad carbon fibre components and incorporates several upgrades – not least technologies from its Senna sibling – to establish itself as the ultimate Longtail in the Woking-based manufacturer's model lineage. With a limited production run of only 765 units, the 765LT needs to be pretty darn special… and it most certainly is. In its leanest, most stripped-out configuration the newcomer tips the scales at 80 kg less than the 720S (for a dry weight of only 1 229 kg and a power-to-weight ratio of 36.9 kW/tonne) by virtue of a plethora of weight-saving measures.
McLaren Elva - Q1
McLaren P16 -Q2
McLaren 765LT Spider - Q4
The new S-Class is coming to South Africa and customers can expect the very best in terms of luxury and refinement. The W223 S-Class will be produced on Merc’s revised MRA (Modular Rear-wheel drive Architecture) platform and it will be the first model to be built at what Merc believes is the most modern automobile production facility in the world, Factory 56. The S-Class is powered by a range of hybridised powertrains with 48-volt technology as well as the choice of a plug-in hybrid setup while an all-electric EQS is also in development. The headlining powerplant in the S580 is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that's good for 350 kW and 700 Nm and is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Local specification and pricing details will be made available closer to launch.
Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 - TBC
Mini will have a quiet year with no new or facelifted products expected.
The introduction of the Xpander Cross 7-seater is the headlining act for Mitsubishi in 2021 and it will take the fight to the Toyota Rush and Honda BR-V. Powered by a 1.5-litre motor and mated to a choice of either manual or automatic transmission, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is claimed to be the quietest vehicle in its class. Outputs are rated at 77 kW and 141 Nm. Despite it lacking 4x4 ability, the vehicle still boasts an impressive ground clearance of 225 mm. Local specification and pricing details will be made public closer to launch.
Updated Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - Q4 2021 or 2022
New Nissan X-Terra - Q4
Nissan’s new X-Terra 7-seater SUV is expected to reach South Africa in Q4 2020 to take on rivals such as the popular Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Isuzu M-UX. Based on the updated Navara, the X-Terra makes use of a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 123 kW and 241 Nm and equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The interior has been modernised with a new infotainment system, including a flip-down 11-inch screen to entertain rear passengers. Local specification details will be confirmed closer to launch.
New Nissan Qashqai - Q4
New Opel Corsa - February 2021
Opel will kick off 2021 with the introduction of its all-new Corsa hatchback in the first quarter of the year. The new Corsa is larger and lighter than the outgoing model it replaces and will be powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine. It goes without saying, the new Corsa looks great too and it’s bound to find favour with local Opel fans when it arrives…
Opel Crossland X facelift - Q2 2021
Opel Grandland X facelift - Q4 2021
Peugeot 2008 - Q1
The new Peugeot 2008 compact SUV will finally arrive in South Africa early in 2021 taking design inspiration from the stylish 3008 family car and Peugeot’s 208 hatchback. While local engine options have yet to be confirmed, a choice of either a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine is likely in conjunction either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. Details will be confirmed closer to launch early in January 2021.
Peugeot 208 - Q1
Peugeot LandTrek - Q4
Porsche 911 GT3 RS - TBC
Porsche is on the verge of revealing the latest 992-generation 911 GT3 RS and if the outgoing 911 GT3 RS, which we tested recently, is anything to go by then this latest version will surely be something truly special. Official outputs have yet to be revealed but 380 kW is expected. We can’t wait to drive the new 911 GT3 RS!
New Renault Clio 5 - Q2
Renault will finally be launching its new 5th generation Clio hatchback in South Africa in 2021. Apart from being offered with a new E-Tech Hybrid powertrain with a 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine and 2 electric motors (for Europe), other potential engine choices include a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre engine with either 48 kW or 56 kW as well as a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 73 kW and 160 Nm which could be paired with either a CVT or 5-speed manual transmission. A range-topping 1.3-litre turbopetrol engine with 95 kW and 260 Nm is also a possibility in conjunction with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Local specification will be confirmed closer to launch.
Renault Kiger - Q3
New Renault Captur - Q4
New Renault Duster Ph2 - Q2/Q3
Rolls-Royce Ghost - Early 2021
The new Rolls-Royce Ghost will be available early in 2021 and will undoubtedly provide exceptional levels of chauffeur-driven luxury. The Ghost is powered by a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine that develops 420 kW and 850 Nm of torque which is delivered to the all-wheel steer, all-wheel drive system via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. If it's opulence you seek, look no further than the Ghost...
A new 6th generation Subaru Outback was shown in 2019 and it's now been confirmed for arrival in South Africa early in 2021. Sadly, station wagons are not so popular in South Africa but the Outback has soldiered on regardless in a market that has turned its attention to crossovers and SUVs but it remains a practical choice.
In terms of engines, the new Subaru Outback will be offered with either a turbocharged 2.4-litre Boxer engine with 194 kW and 376 Nm of torque or a revised naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre engine offering 136 kW and 239 Nm of torque, which is slightly more powerful than the outgoing unit (129 kW/235 Nm). All Outbacks are mated with a CVT which features an 8-speed manual mode and steering-mounted paddle shifters.Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard. More details to follow closer to launch.
Forester 2.5i – Q1
Subaru XV facelift – Q1
Suzuki Vitara Brezza - First half 2021
Suzuki will be introducing the Vitara Brezza compact SUV to South Africa sometime in the first half of 2021 and it will slot in below the Vitara in Suzuki’s local vehicle range. The Vitara Brezza is some 180 mm shorter in length (3 995mm) than the larger Vitara (4 175 mm) but has the same wheelbase at 2 500 mm. The Vitara Brezza will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre engine with 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque and will be mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Vitara Brezza will go head-to-head with rivals such as the Hyundai Venue and forthcoming Nissan Magnite and Kia Sonet.
Toyota GR Yaris – Mid-2021
Undoubtedly one of the most highly-anticipated new vehicle introductions for 2021 is the GR Yaris. Drawing on Toyota Gazoo Racing’s rally heritage, the GR Yaris packs a punch with a 3-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that offers up 192 kW and 360 Nm but there is also said to be a high-power version that offers 200 kW and 370 Nm and it's this potent version that's on its way. Numbers will be limited, so start counting your pennies now...
Toyota Corolla Sedan Hybrid – Q1
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – Q1
Toyota C-HR Spec Change – Q1
Land Cruiser 300 – mid-2021
Toyota GR86 – Q3
VW Golf 8 R - Q4
While the arrival of the Golf 8 GTI in South Africa can’t come soon enough, many Golf fans will be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the potent Golf 8 R towards the end of 2021. The Golf 8 R – officially the fastest, most powerful series-production Golf to date – is powered by a 235 kW/420 Nm “Evo 4” 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbopetrol and is said to sprint from 0 to 100 kph in 4.7 sec courtesy of its revised Haldex-type all-wheel-drive system. Pricing for the Golf 8 R will be revealed closer to launch.
New VW Golf 8 GTI - Q2
VW Tiguan Facelift - Q2
VW Kombi T6.1 - Q2
New VW Caddy 5 - Q3
There's no new or facelifted product from Volvo confirmed at this stage.