2022 is set to be a great year for car launches in South Africa.
Below, we list the cars launching next year that we are looking forward to the most.
The RS3 will pack 2.5-litre, five-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine producing 294kW and 500Nm.
Paired to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, the setup rockets the RS3 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds.
The i4 will only be available in the M50 specification, featuring an 83.9kWh high-voltage battery powering dual electric motors that drive all four wheels.
With an impressive 400kW and 795Nm, the i4 M50 sprints to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and boasts a range of 521km.
Ford relied on customer feedback to produce the new Ranger, and we are looking forward to seeing what it is capable of when it launches towards the end of next year.
Ford has also confirmed that its new 3.0-litre, V6 engine will be available in the 2022 Ranger in South Africa.
The new Isuzu D-Max will have big shoes to fill when it launches in South Africa – as the current model was the second best-selling bakkie in the country for November.
The new bakkie shares a chassis and similar front end with the mu-X SUV that went on sale in December, and it is expected to launch midway through 2022.
The new Qashqai will be available in 4×2 and 4×4, with a 1.3-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech powering the range.
The entry-level models generate 103kW and 240Nm, while the rest of the line-up produces 116kW with torque rated at 260Nm or 270Nm – depending on the specification.
The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQ range will reach South Africa in April 2022.
The EQA, EQB, EQE, and EQS will be launched first, with the EQC joining the line-up at a later date.
Each EQ car will be fitted with an intelligent driver assistance system, with exit warning function the only confirmed feature thus far.
The new Range Rover is expected to go on sale in South Africa towards the middle of 2022.
The SUV will have four engine options locally – with an all-electric version also in the works for 2024.
It boasts cutting-edge features inside the cabin, such as a 13.1-inch curved infotainment display.
The new Subaru WRX is confirmed for a South African launch in May/June 2022.
The sedan features a 2.4-litre boxer engine delivering 202kW and 350Nm, a new performance transmission, a driver-focused cabin, and a host of standard and optional equipment.
Subaru South Africa is also “considering introducing a WRX wagon that has the same engine and power as the WRX” to the local market, it said.
The GR86 forms part of the Gazoo Racing family and is fitted with the same 2.4-litre, Boxer engine found in the Subaru WRX above – only without a turbocharger.
While its local power specifications are not yet confirmed, in Japan it generates 173kW and 250Nm.