NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: The Fiat Fullback has been unveiled at the 2015 Dubai motor show. The new bakkie will arrive locally in 2016. Image: Quickpic
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Cape Town - The South African bakkie market will see new models introduced in 2016 including: Toyota's Hilux, Mitsubishi's Triton and Fiat's Fullback.
Will the new arrivals topple SA's current segment-leader - Ford's Ranger?
Fiat, Mitsubishi bakkies
Fiat and Mitsubishi's partnership has resulted in two new bakkies for SA - the next-generation Triton and all-new Fullback.
The Fullback is the Italian automaker's first bakkie in South Africa since its Strada offering.
Next-gen Navara, Hilux
Traditional players in the SA market, Toyota and Nissan, will unveil new bakkies in the form the highly-anticipated Hilux and Navara.
Other possible pick-ups for South Africa include Renault's Alaskan concept and a workhouse by Mercedes-Benz.
With so many new models set to launched locally 2016 promises to be an awesome year for local bakkie fans.
Here's all you need to know about the new bakkies headed for Mzansi next year:
Toyota's eagerly-anticipated eighth-generation Hilux was launched in Thailand in May 2015 and is expected in South Africa early in 2016.
The new model, according to the automaker has been completely re-designed from the inside out and for the first time (at least for us) has a luxurious interior. The local Hilux launch will also coincide the launch of the SUV derivative - the next-gen Fortuner.
Gallery: 2016 Toyota Hilux
Fiat, in a deal with Mitsubishi, plans to release a new medium-size double-cab bakkie in SA in 2016.
The new, medium-size bakkie will be available in both single- or double-cab guise. Locally the Fullback will be available with two engine options; a 2.5 litre diesel with power outputs ranging from 100kW to 131kW and a 2.4 litre petrol capable of 97kW. All engines will be mated to a five-speed manual.
Check out this Fiat-badged Mitsubishi bakkie...
Mitsubishi has confirmed that its next-generation Triton bakkie will arrive in South Africa by mid-2016.
The new bakkie is in its fifth-generation and the marque says it is their most advanced bakkie yet. The Triton uses a new-generation 2.4 litre turbo diesel engine which produces 133kW/430Nm. The engine uses cylinder block from aluminium to save 30kg overall. There are two transmission options: a six-speed manual and five-speed automatic.
Check out next-gen Mitsubishi Triton
Nissan has unveiled its new Navara for South Africa, set to arrive locally in 2016. Can Nissan's new flagship pick-up take on local champs Ford's Ranger and Toyota's Hilux?
The Navara will be available in two power outputs, 118kW and 140kW, and the range-topping version introduces twin turbocharging technology, a first for Nissan. The 2.3 litre can be mated to a standard six-speed manual or a seven-speed auto. A four-wheels drive variant will be available.
Check out Nissan's Navara here.
Gallery: 2016 Nissan Navara
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