We’re on auto alert and on our radar is on these cars due to be released in South Africa before the end of 2019.
The hot hatch car sector is due for a supercharged shake up in 2019 with Mercedes Benz South Africa announcing the imminent release of the AMG45 S. The 310kW A45 S boasts the world’s most powerful per liter engine a noteworthy jump from the current 285kW. With the ability to go from 0 to 100 in under 4 seconds (3,9 seconds to be exact) few other compact cars can keep up. Six driving modes ranging from slippery to race mode are available at a push of a button. Aesthetically the A45 delivers Stuttgart approved good looks and for the first time features the distinct AMG grille. The AMG Auto touch continues with the interior featuring expansive yellow accented sports seats and AMG steering wheel that’s the same as the more pricey C63 S. This leader of the pack new offering will land on South African markets in October 2019.
Mini JCW Countryman
A brand new engine design makes the John Cooper Works Countryman which is headed for South African shores this year the strongest series production MINI to date (along with the Clubman). It’s enhanced performance is thanks to an improved 2-litre, four-cylinder engine that’s also twin-turbocharged. The soon to be released and updated version has gained over a second in speed thanks to it’s eight-speed automatic transmission. Auto facelift highlights include LED headlights with Matrix high beam function while standard features include a 6.5-inch infotainment system, Park Assist, a rear-view camera, heated seats and 18-inch black JCW-specific wheels. Optional features , include a choice to lower the ride height by 10mm,to add the adaptive chassis with electronically controlled dampers for greater stability and 19-inch wheels. The all new Countryman will be available in South Africa in September this year.
Volkswagen T- Cross
A new compact SUV is headed to town and with a claimed fuel consumption of 4.9 litres/100km this Polo crossover is the ideal urban navigator. At almost 2cm longer with a 10cm height advantage over the Polo as well as elevated seat position the T-Cross has all the SUV cues in a compact body. A choice from nine exterior colours, a selection of coloured wheel rims and colour-coordinated wing mirrors are some of the ways this car can be customised while standard features include electric windows on all four door, height-adjustable driver and passenger seat, split folding rear seats, 16-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights and tail lights. Connectivity offerings are just as impressive and include Up to four USB ports, optional inductive wireless charging, optional keyless locking, starting and access. This very spacious five seater auto has a sliding back seat that can be adjusted by 14cm for more leg room or luggage space While a fold down back seat creates a flat loading space with up to 1281 litres of storage volume making this the most spacious SUV in the compact segment. The VW T-Cross will be available in South Africa in September 2019.