TOP 10 NEWCOMER: Fiat's new Fullback is taking on the South African bakkie market with its new single-cab workhorse and lifestyle-orientated double-cabs. Image: QuickPic
Cape Town - Toyota's next-generation Hilux arrived earlier in February. The new Hilux is one of many new bakkies in South Africa and there are plenty more on the way.
Following the launch of the Hilux was Fiat's new Fullback, launched in June 2016. In its first month (June 2016) the Fullback managed to make the top 10-list of best-selling bakkies in SA.
Power of a Fullback
Fiat's bakkie has a single 2.4-litre petrol option that produces 97kW/202Nm. The 2.5-litre turbodiesel is available in two power outputs: in the 4x2 model it produces 100kW/324Nm, and in 4x4-guise that power rises to 131kW/400Nm.
Want to know what the new Fullback is like to drive in SA? Read our driving impressions here.
New bakkies on the way
Fiat and Mitsubishi's partnership has resulted in two new bakkies for SA - the aforementioned Fullback and the next-generation Triton.
Nissan will also unveil a new bakkie in the form the highly-anticipated Navara.
Other possible bakkies for South Africa include Renault's Alaskan concept and a workhouse by Mercedes-Benz.
What's headed for SA?
Mitsubishi's fifth-generation Triton bakkie should arrive in South Africa later in 2016 or early in 2017 though given the weak state of the Rand, the launch could be delayed.
The new Triton, says Mitsubishi, is the automaker's most advanced bakkie yet. The Triton uses a new-generation 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine which produces 133kW/430Nm (up by 2kW/30Nm) and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic.
Inside, it's roomier and quieter than its predecessor with higher quality interior finishes and a new full colour display.
The 4x4 doublecab variants use the Super Select II all-wheel-drive system borrowed from the Pajero and Pajero Sport.
Nissan's flagship Navara bakkie is set to arrive later in 2016.
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-wheel drive variant will be available.
Renault's Hilux-fighter: New Alaskan bakkieRenault’s new bakkie, the Alaskan, has been revealed and will be the automaker’s attempt at taking on light commercial vehicle (LCV) stalwarts such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.
Renault South Africa says "nothing has been confirmed as to whether the bakkie will be available locally" though the automaker adds that its Alaskan will be up for discussion as to whether it will suit the local market.
The Alaskan will be available with both petrol and diesel options. The 2.5-litre petrol engine is set to deliver 120kW and the 2.5-litre diesel engine 140kW. Both engine types will be make use of turbo technology and will be mated with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed auto.
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