Volkswagen is expected to launch no less than 6 new or updated products in South Africa in 2021. See what’s coming below!
Volkswagen is a much-loved car brand in South Africa and it’s no surprise that it’s currently the best-selling passenger car brand in the country with a current passenger market share of 21.6%, which is an all-time record for the Wolfsburg-based firm.
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While 2021 will be a relatively quiet year for Volkswagen in terms of new vehicle launches, there are some very exciting products due to arrive in South Africa which will not only satisfy local fans of the brand, but will also boost sales figures locally too. Take a look at what’s coming!
The new Golf 8 will arrive on local soil in the second quarter of the year and GTI fans will finally get their first taste. The Golf 8 GTI draws power from an EA888 2.0-litre turbocharged and direct-injection 4-cylinder engine with peak outputs of 180 kW and 370 Nm and will come paired with a 7-speed DSG. The sprint from zero to 100 kph is done and dusted in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 250 kph. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
A facelifted Tiguan family SUV is on its way and it will arrive with a new grille and bumpers and wear the latest VW logo proudly. The Tiguan’s interior will feature an updated steering wheel and the latest MIB3 infotainment system and top-spec variants will be equipped with a new 480-watt Fender Premium sound system. We may even see the arrival of the Tiguan R... Specification and pricing will be released closer to launch.
Following the updated Caravelle T6.1, Volkswagen will now introduce the updated Kombi in the second quarter of 2021. The current diesel engine range is expected to remain but styling and interior execution is expected to be enhanced. Local pricing and specification will be revealed closer to launch.
Volkswagen Commercial will introduce an automatic transmission as well as 4Motion all-wheel-drive capability to the Crafter range. If your business needs to carry loads over any given distance then the Crafter will be of interest to you. Pricing and specification details will be communicated closer to launch.
A new Caddy will make landfall in South Africa this year to cater for both family (Caddy MPV) and business buyers (Caddy Cargo) looking for a practical vehicle. The Caddy’s interior now adopts nice-to-have features seen on the brand’s passenger cars such VW’s Digital Cockpit and a larger infotainment system. Petrol and diesel engines are on the cards but exact powertrain details for the local market will be confirmed closer to launch.
Volkswagen will end the year off with a very loud bang… or vrrphaa, with the introduction of the new range-topping Golf 8 R which will pack a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with outputs of 235 kW and 420 Nm in conjunction with an updated 7-speed DSG and all-wheel-drive ability. It will be fast off the line with Volkswagen claiming a zero to 100 kph sprint time in just 4.7 seconds. We wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a few 10ths faster than the claim either!