2020 looks set to be full of new models and updates
It is a new year filled with excitement ahead for motorists. Whether it be a face-lift or an all-new model, we have a list of cars set to arrive in 2020.
After 106 years of creating sports cars, the luxurious manufacturer has joined the SUV segment with its first-ever DBX and of course, this model offers performance, comfort and delivers 404 kW and 700 Nm of torque from its 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The DBX poses as a family car but it is sure to give you all-wheel-drive fun going from 0 – 100 km in 4.5 seconds, reaching a total speed of 291 km/h.
Audi has a busy year ahead of them in South Africa. The manufacturer has quite a few models for this year such as the Audi e-tron, RS6 Avante, S7 and many more but let’s focus on one in particular. It is said to be Audi’s most potent SUV. The RS Q8 delivers 441 kW with 800 Nm of torque. It has a 4.0-litre bi-turbocharged engine enabling the SUV to go from 0 – 100 km in 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 305 km/h. This is an SUV that should get your adrenaline pumping.
South Africans have fallen in love with Datsun’s GO and GO CVT models because it is a budget car. You get a lot out of the city car for your money. Now Datsun has something new up their alley, the all-new Datsun Cross. The model is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine pushing out 58 kW with 104 Nm of torque. This is a new beginning for Datsun as it points towards being a family brand. This is Datsun’s first crossover model able to seat 7 people. We still await feedback from Datsun SA as to whether or not the car will be sold in RSA but it would do well if offered here.
It is finally arriving in SA. Maybe fashionably late? This little Fiat was meant to make its debut in 2019. The new 500X has an all-new three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine delivering 90 kW mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox claiming to be more fuel efficient. Another engine line-up is a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor delivering 110 kW with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There are three turbodiesel engine line-ups available in 1.3 offering 70 kW, 1.6 offering 90 kW and 2.0 litre diesel engine offering 110 kW. Engines for South Africa are yet to be confirmed.
This model will be available in an M8 and M8 Competition option. The M8 Gran Coupe will be the widest model in the BMW family, showing off its looks with a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 motor. Standard, the M8 delivers a total of 441 kW and 750 Nm of torque while the M8 competition spoils the driver with a massive total of 460 kW. Both variants are mated to a 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox. The Steptronic offers the best of both worlds, automatic and manual. BMW calls it a manu-matic gearbox.
The Chinese double cab looks bolder and fierce almost like a Toyota Hilux combined with a Ford Ranger. It is said to have a variety of standard features alone and is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It is an all-wheel drive mated to a 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The compact family car now has a facelift H2 version said to be unveiled with a choice of six colors in February 2020. The range offers a 1.5T City and 1.5T Luxury available in a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. It has a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol engine delivering a total power of 105 kW.
“Honda the power of dreams” will be introducing their new Ballade model to South Africa this year. A 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine delivering a total of 90 kW powers it. Driven power goes to the front wheels via a CVT gearbox with an average fuel consumption of 4.2-litres / 100 km.
It is said that Ford will be as quiet as a mouse this year but we are suspecting an arrival of the new Figo Freestyle. The model is a crossover based on the entry-level Ford Figo Hatchback. Offered with a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine delivering 71 kW and a 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine delivering 74 kW. Both engines will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Chances of us getting it is 50/50 considering they’re culling the sedan and hatch lines in our market to focus on SUV and bakkie sales
The i30N is one car that many South Africans have been waiting so long for. It is said that this model can win a race against a Golf GTI in a heartbeat. There are two versions that will be available both being a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 184 kW and 202 kW as standard. Both motors will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai proudly announced that this hatchback can go from 0 – 100 km in just 6.1 seconds and 6.4 seconds.
Port Elizabeth will be upgrading its facility specially to produce Isuzu’s D-Max range. A revised 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine delivering 140 kW with an updated suspension and chassis will power the model. Isuzu’s aim for the next generation D-Max is to support both domestic and export markets. Isuzu has created a bolder front-end look with great ground clearance for off-roading.
The facelift of the Renegade hasn’t changed much and still holds on to the rugged 4×4 style of Jeep. It is said that the model will have more safety features and updates to the infotainment system. It is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 90 kW. Another engine line-up is a 1.3-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with 110 kW. All Jeep Renegades will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, 6-speed dual clutch gearbox, or a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
The new Defender will be released with two engines. Starting with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine delivering 177 kW and a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol delivering a total of 294 kW. The new Defender will make an awesome off-roader with a ground clearance of 291 mm also enabling the model to go 900 mm deep in water.
Recently launched in Europe, the Mazda CX-30 is the fifth member to its crossover range. It looks like a CX-3 and CX-5 combined as one. The model will be offered with a 1.5-litre delivering 88 kW and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines pushing out 121 kW.
McLaren surprises the world with their supercar offerings. The new GT on the other hand aimed more for comfort and luxury rather than speed only. It is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering a total of 462 kW. Claimed to be able to accelerate from 0 – 100 km in 3.2 seconds topping out at a total speed of 326 km/h.
This new model looks like a Micra and Almera all in one. It is more refined with a 1.6-litre petrol motor that delivers a total of 84 kW. The engine runs on either ethanol (in Europe) or gasoline. From the outside it looks very specious inside. The Kicks model was meant to make its debut in RSA in 2019 already but Nissan now plans to introduce the model in 2020.
The Mini JCW GP will be the fastest and most powerful car ever for the manufacturer. It has a twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre engine mated to an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox delivering a total output of 225 kW. Mini claims the model will be able to go from 0 – 100 km in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 265 km/h.
Opel claims this model will be 28 mm longer than the previous one. It is appealing to the eye with its fierce looking front-end. Engine line-ups include a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbopetrol and a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 8-speed automatic gearbox.
In terms of power, the Peugeot 2008 will be released with an electric, petrol and diesel engine options (not sure what we’ll get in RSA). Combined with the looks of the 3008 SUV and 208 hatchback. It has a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine available in three stages of performance. One being a 74 kW version, another is a 96 kW version and a flagship offering of 115 kW mated to a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
For those looking at diesel there is a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor with two performance options, one enabling the motor to deliver 74 kW and the other allowing the motor to deliver a total of 115 kW. The electric version boasts 100 kW. The battery comes with an 8-year guarantee for 70% charging capacity.
The Taycan will be available as a Turbo and a Turbo S powered by dual-electric drivetrain with a 93.4 kW lithium-ion battery pack. The Turbo S delivers a total of 560 kW and Turbo delivers up to 500 kW. Porsche claims the top speed in the Turbo S to be 260 km/h going from 0 – 100 km in an amazing 2.8 seconds.
Sounds a lot like the TV show Expresso but it isn’t, this is Suzuki’s new concept car that has come to life. It is a budget crossover aiming at Renault’s little Kwid. It is slightly smaller than Suzuki’s Ignis powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine delivering a total of 50 kW.
With the new Corolla Hatch, Toyota already aimed at a concept of sport with it being a family car with good looks. Boasting a sharper front and back-end transformation. Now they will introduce their Corolla sedan version with more boot and back seat space. Toyota offers a 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor pushing out a total of 162 kW with the option of manual, automatic or CVT.
2020 is the year all VW fans have waited for because of the new Golf 8. Volkswagen boasts a massive technology upgrade with an all-new interior. Engine options are said to follow later in the year once the car is launched locally. The vehicle will be sold with a DSG gearbox. It looks so more unique when compared to the look of a GTI model and is suspected to turn heads wherever you drive.
The Giulia is a performance sedan with an all-new rear-wheel drive chassis. The model comes in three new exterior colors: Andonized Blue, Lunare White Metallic, and Verde Visconti Metallic. A 2.0-litre turbo-charged four-cylinder powers the base and Ti models, both of which boast an impressive 209 kW of power, while a 376 kW twin-turbo V6 powers the range-topping Quadrifoglio. Both engines are mated with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The Vantage roadster competes against rivals like the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and the Audi R8 Spyder. It will be powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG that’s mated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Delivering a total of 375 kW with 685 Nm of torque, this motor enables the Vantage Roadster to go from 0 – 100 in 3.6 seconds.
The e-tron is an electric SUV designed for sporty fun and is capable of accomodating family outings in any terrain. Dual-electric motors power the SUV with a total output of 300 kW and 664 Nm of torque. Top speed is electronically limited to 200 km/h. The model covers a 400 km distance on a single charge. The reason for this long range is the vehicle’s high-voltage battery that is able to store up to 95 kWh of energy.
The BMW 2 Series is the first four-door coupe based on the two-door version. It’s low ride-height lends it quite a sporty appearance. The engineers have ensured it stays true to BMW’s fun-to-drive legacy by making it more agile, despite the extra weight and size. The 2 Series has one diesel and two petrol engines: a four-cylinder diesel with 104 kW in the BMW 220d and BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine powering the M235i. The 228i xDrive has a 2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 170 kW. We wait to hear what engine line-up South Africa will get.
BMW continues to expand on their 8-series models, and have now unveiled their four-door coupe based on the two-door 8-series. The Gran Coupe is offered in both 840i and M850i xDrive guise. The 840i is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 250 kW while the M850i has a twin-tubrocharged V8 engine with 390 kW. BMW estimates the 840i rear-wheel drive to go from 0 – 100 km in 4.9 seconds and the M850i all-wheel drive in 4.6 seconds.
The 812 GTS is a convertible version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast. It’s front-mounted V12 boasts a 6.5-litre capacity that produces nearly 596 kW. It takes the GTS about 3 seconds to go from 0 – 100 km. The GTS tops out at a speed of 340 km/h. This model marks the 50th anniversary of the famous 365 GTS4 Daytona Spider. The rear has a whole new look while the front-end retains the Ferrari 812 Superfast heritage.
This is the third generation of the i10 model. It now features bolder front- and rear-end styling. Buyers have 10 exterior colors to choose from and the option of adding 16-inch wheels. Two petrol engines will be offered when it’s launched: a 49 kW 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 62 kW 1.2-litre four cylinder. Both engines will be available with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearbox.
The Picanto draws attention when it comes to its visual appearance with its new front grille and redesigned LED lights. It is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine delivering a total of 74 kW and 172 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Buyers have four exterior color options to choose from: Aurora Black, Clear White, Signal Red and Titanium silver.
The Rio models offer plenty of technology for a fair price. Kia has used an all-new platform and engines to improve their Rio model. There is a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines. The bottom of the range starts with a 1.25-litre petrol engine delivering 62 kW. Next up is a 1.4-litre with 73 kW. Like the Ford Fiesta, the Rio has a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder motor with 74 kW and an 88 kW version of this motor is available too. Lastly, the pair of 1.4-litre diesel engines with either 56 kW or 66 kW. Though as per usual in South Africa we need to wait and see what engine line-up we’ll get.
The all-new Kia Seltos is a compact SUV. It is a front-wheel drive model equipped with 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels. A total of six airbags will be standard along with electronic safety features. Kia is yet to announce final engine and transmission market options. Drivers may benefit from a drive-mode select system with ‘normal’, ‘eco’, and ‘sport’ settings. Kia’s vehicle stability management system includes traction control, electronic stability control, brake-force assist, hill-start assist and front and rear parking sensors all in one.
The 2020 Lexus LS Hybrid, four-door sedan is more about comfort than performance. The LS Hybrid has dual electric motors and a 44 kWh lithium-ion battery pack working with a 3.5-litre V6 delivering a total of 264 kW. It is loaded with safety and driver assistance features and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) mated with a 4-speed automatic gearbox that operates when the petrol engine kicks on at higher speeds.
Known previously as the Scorpio Pick-Up, this next generation comes with a whole new look, a single or double cab option and a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain option. It has a new front grille and front bumper and the interior has been endowed with a new level of luxury. The model is powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel delivering 103 kW and 320 Nm of torque.
This Levante is Maserati’s fastest SUV with a 3.8-litre twin-trubo V8 engine delivering a total of 433 kW. The Trofeo is able to reach a top speed of 304 km and the SUV goes from 0 – 100 km in 3.9 seconds. The detail of the front-end and overall look gives the vehicle an aggressively sporty stance with 22-inch wheels available in both polished and matte finishes.
The new GLB is a versatile-compact SUV. It is the first in its segment as a seven seater and has the ability to go off-road too. The GLB models has a petrol and diesel four-cylinder in its line-up. The GLB 250 has a petrol engine and the GLB 220d 4matic has a diesel engine both mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The new GLA is a small SUV based on the A-Class and gets its style from the existing SUV range of Mercedes. It has a wide front grille nestled between LED headlights. The rear has a wide tailgate and bumper with chrome trim and two square exhaust pipes. The GLA will have a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel and petrol engine.
When you think of a 911 the first two things that come to mind are style and performance. Hiding in the rear of this new 911 is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat-six engine delivering a total of 330 kW mated to an 8-speed PDK (dual-clutch automatic) which is the only gearbox available at the moment. Porsche says a 7-speed manual gearbox will be offered at a much later stage.
As standard, all 2020 Clio’s comes with full LED headlights, cruise control, air conditioning and advanced driver assistance systems. The new Clio comes with three petrol motors and one diesel engine: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with either 48 kW or 56 kW mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, a new turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with 73 kW will be offered with a 5-speed manual or CVT gearbox, and a top of the range 1.3-litre turbocharged engine with 95 kW will also be offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. For the diesel engine, we looking at a 1.5-litre turbodiesel with either 63 kW or a more powerful 84 kW version. We wait and see what South Africa will get in the engine line-up.
The Megane RS looks like an updated version of the Trophy or Trophy-R. We are not sure what the engine plans are for this model as the current Megane RS has a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 205 kW. It also features a choice of either the 6-speed manual or dual-clutch gearbox.
The 2020 Subaru Forester is a compact crossover with more ground clearance. It is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 136 kW standard. Exterior upgrades include 17-inch wheels, rear spoiler and body color sideview mirrors. The interior boasts luxury with a panoramic sunroof, on-board Wi-Fi hotspot (we’ll see for South Africa), 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, reclining rear seats and a six speaker sound system.
The new GTI TCR limited edition will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine pushing out a astonishing 213 kW with 380 Nm of torque. Volkswagen claims the GTI TCR can go from 0 – 100 km in just 5.6 seconds. The TCR will have a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox and is currently known as the quickest accelation front-wheel drive vrr-phaa hatchback.
Before the T-Cross, the Tiguan was seen as the baby SUV and now the title has been handed over. Powered by a detuned 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that delivers a total of 70 kW as opposed to 85 kW. Volkswagen SA says the model will be featuring a manual gearbox and it will be under R 300 000. Before you dismiss the 70 kW, the manual transmission will allow for a sporty driving response. The T-Cross is a head turner SUV with its unique style.
Did someone say more power and performance? Yes, please. The new engine line-up for the Volkswagen T-Cross is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing an impressive 110 kW with 250 Nm of torque. A dual-clutch DSG gearbox will be offered and it is said that the vehicle will be available in a R-Line trim too.
What a truly appealing design this new T-Roc has. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing a total of 140 kW and 320 Nm of torque. It is an all-wheel drive SUV mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, dashing from 0 – 100 km in just 7.2 seconds with a combined fuel consumption of 6.7-litres / 100 km.