NOT COMING TO SA: The Chevy Silverado is one of a number of bakkies not coming to SA. Image: TruckTrend
Cape Town - South Africa is one of the world's biggest bakkie markets.
And that is especially true since the best-selling vehicle in the country has been a bakkie for more times than we can remember. Case in point is the Ford Ranger walking away with the title of not only being the best-selling bakkie in SA for October, but also the best-selling vehicle.
This after the Toyota Hilux had been dominating the market since it was launched here in early 2016.
READ: Ranger trumps Hilux! New bakkie sales for October
Another interesting bit of info is that Mercedes-Benz will be bringing their new bakkie, the X-Class, to SA ewithin the next 18 months.
Launched in October in Sweden, the X-Class captured the attention of the world media and also had South Africans at the edges of their seats as they contemplated the position of the bakkie in our market.
Market for bakkies
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is taking place in Las Vegas, America, and many automakers are showing spruced up versions of their best-selling bakkies, according to TruckTrend.
Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet and Dodge have all exhibited their vehicles at the show and just for interest's sake, we will be taking a looking at the bakkies that will NOT be coming to SA.
READ: Top-selling vehicles sales in SA - Ranger, Polo lead the way
Yes, the bakkies are good-looking and yes they are macho as can be, so keep the tissues nearby as we go through the ruggedness that is not destined for our shores.
1 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Carhartt
America believes that bigger is better and the Chev Silverado 2500 HD Carhartt is just that: bigger than the bakkie it is based on. In conjuction with apparel maker Carhartt, Chevrolet kitted the HD out with side mirrors with a built-in camera system, floor liners that can endure all weather conditions, side-steps for better entry/exit, an LED light bar and some fancy Carhartt decals.
Its 6.6-litre V8 turbodiesel engine churns out 334kW and an eye-bulging 1233Nm.
2 Ram Macho Power Wagon
If ‘macho’ was a colour, it would probably be this burnt orange on the Dodge Ram bakkie. Fitted with humungous 37” tyres on insanely mean-looking wheels, this bakkie looks ready to tackle any and all off-road excursions thrown in its way.
Power (306kW) is derived from a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 engine.
3 Foutz Motorsports Ford F-150 Raptor
With the Baja 1000 rally coming up in November, Ford used Sema 2016 to showcase its challenger: the Foutz Motorsport F-150 Raptor. The bakkie features an uprated safety cage, racing seats and harnesses and some weight-saving bits and pieces.
This Raptor is powered by a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine, kicking out an earth shattering 336kW/691Nm.
4 2016 Toyota Tundra SR5
Teaming up with Bass Pro Shops, Toyota took its Tundra bakki and turned it into a nearly unrecognisable unapologetic bakkie. The enhanced exterior is not just for show, but features off-road equipment from Toyota’s various aftermarket partners to give it an edge in the looks department.
After taking the bakkie on a national campaign across America, Toyota will give the bakkie away. Yes, give it away.
5 Ford goes trick-or-treating
The Hulst F-150 (above) receives a new front bumper, a carbon-fiber splitter and vents on the hood for an imposing look. Its 5.0-litre V8 engine spits out a colossal 563kW! Image: TruckTrend
The Bojix F-150 (above) is perhaps the meanest, most intimidating bakkie on this list, but it looks absolutely ready for action! Featuring accessories that include 37” forged wheels, a grey paintjob, flaring fenders and a stance that is wider than the East being removed from the West, this looks like the bakkie that it most likely to find favour amongst bakkie-crazed South Africans. Image: TruckTrend