Toyota/Lexus: New Cars Coming to SA in 2017

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Toyota and its luxury brand, Lexus, are introducing a number of exciting products to market in 2017. Here’s what you can expect from them this year…

Toyota products are hugely popular in South Africa and models such as the Hilux, Fortuner, Corolla, RAV4 and Etios sell consistently well in our market. This year will be an exciting year for Toyota as a host of new and facelifted products are expected to arrive, some of which will further solidify Toyota's top-seller status locally, and others that will bring some excitement to the line-up.

As for luxury brand, Lexus, 2017 will see the introduction of the highly-anticipated LC 500 Coupe, which we drove in Spain at the end of 2016 as well as minor updates to the NX luxury crossover and ES sedan.

First quarter 2017

Facelifted Toyota Corolla

Toyota started the year with the introduction of the facelifted Corolla that welcomed an updated exterior design and changes to the interior while the Corolla’s ride quality has also been improved. The engine offering is the same as before with 1.3-, 1.6- and 1.8-litre petrol engines on offer, as well as a 1.4 turbodiesel engine. The Corolla is the best-selling sedan in the C-segment and represents good value with pricing starting at R261 300.

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New Toyota C-HR

Toyota’s new C-HR is bound to shake up the compact crossover market when it arrives on local soil at the end of February 2017. Combining an attractive design with a quality interior that offers more space than its size might suggest, the C-HR should sell well. The C-HR will be powered by a 1.2-litre turbopetrol engine with 87 kW and 185 Nm of torque. A choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT will be offered to customers. Official pricing is yet to be confirmed, but you can expect pricing for the C-HR to fall between R320 000 and R360 000.

Read our first drive report of the Toyota C-HR here!

Toyota Etios Facelift

The popular Etios is due for a facelift and the revised model will arrive in South Africa towards the end of March 2017. The facelifted Etios will introduce revised exterior styling and a reportedly markedly improved interior. The Etios range of hatchbacks is also expected to adopt the “Sprint” moniker to broaden its appeal. Local specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.

Toyota Etios Facelift Coming to SA in 2017
Also see: Locally-developed Etios RSi project – an inside look
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Second quarter 2017

Toyota Yaris

The second quarter of 2017 will see the arrival of the facelifted Toyota Yaris. The exterior design has been enhanced with revised front/rear bumpers and grille, as well as redesigned headlights and taillights. The interior will benefit from a revised dashboard, trim and upholstery. The engine offering is likely to remain the same with 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre petrol engines on offer. A 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid derivative will complete the Yaris range. Both a CVT and 5-speed manual transmission will be available to customers. Pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to launch.

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Toyota 86 facelift

After some delay, the facelifted Toyota 86 will make landfall in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017. Customers can expect revised styling as well as a bump in power from its naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre engine that will now offer 151 kW and 214 Nm of torque. Both the transmission and suspension have been revised and the facelifted 86 should resultantly deliver more fun behind wheel. Further details regarding local specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.

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Lexus LC500 Coupe

The new LC500 Coupe is by far the most important and exciting product coming from Lexus this year. We drove it in Spain and we were mightily impressed with what the LC 500 Coupe is capable of. It’s a beautiful car and it will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine with 349 kW and 550 Nm of torque using a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Lexus claims 4.5 seconds in the sprint from zero to 100 kph. Local pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to launch in June 2017.

Read more about the Lexus LC500 Coupe here!

Third quarter 2017

Lexus ES Update

The Lexus ES sedan range will be updated in September 2017. Minor styling and equipment upgrades are expected and Toyota will confirm details closer to launch.

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Fourth Quarter 2017

Lexus NX Update

The Lexus NX crossover will receive a minor update in October 2017. Toyota is yet to confirm what will change but you can expect minor a styling update and an equipment upgrade. More details will be confirmed closer to launch. 

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