New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

Bakkies, coupes and roadsters: Merc reveals 2017 battle plans

2016-07-25 10:30

NEW MERCS ON THE WAY: Mercedes-Benz is launching a model assault with several new vehicles planned for 2017 and beyond. Image: Mercedes-Benz Blog

Cape Town - Mercedes-Benz has revealed its model offensive for 2017 and beyond.

Daimler published a document reflecting on the first six months of 2016. In its release were several models planned for 2017 including the automaker's SA-bound bakkie.

South Africa's bakkie-hungry market will no doubt welcome the return of a Mercedes-badged bakkie, sold locally in 1955.

READ: Merc's SA-bound bakkie to be built by Nissan

Loads of new models

Other cars scheduled for production include the AMG GT R, GT C Roadster/Coupe, an All-Terrain E-Class and an updated S-Class.

In total, 11 new models are set to be rolled-out.

Image: Mercedes Blog

New Mercedes bakkie

Based on the upcoming Nissan Navara, the new bakkie is Mercedes’ attempt to take on double-cab stalwarts such as Toyota's Hilux and Ford's Ranger.

Expect a range of petrol and diesel engines to power the new bakkie.

New bakkies for SA: Navara, Fullback, Triton on the way

Image: Mercedes

E-Class expands

The E-Class range is set to expand with the addition of new derivatives. Wheels24 experienced the new E-Class locally earlier in 2016.

READ: 9 things you should know about the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class

In the first half of 2017, two new models, the Coupe and an All-Terrain derivative, will join the line-up. The All-Terrain features higher-ground clearance and is set to compete against the Audi A6 Allroad.

During the third quarter a convertible will join the range.

Image: Mercedes Blog

GLA Coupe

A Coupe variant will replace the current GLA crossover. This change falls in line with Mercedes’ scheduled facelift for the GLA.

Image: YouTube

GT R and GT models

News is still hot of Mercedes-Benz’s Nurburgring-beating monster, the 430kW AMG GT R, set to reach showrooms during the first half of 2017.

Even though the GT R will be on top of the Mercedes food chain, it will have to share that perch with an AMG GT Roadster, expected to be revealed early in 2017.

READ: Revealed - Nuburgring-developed Mercedes AMG GT R

More GT models will join the Mercedes-AMG line-up, starting with the GT C Roadster.

No news or details about this model have yet emerged but we do know that it's a possible update of the current GT and it, as well as a Coupe version, is scheduled for showrooms by the end of 2017.

In other news…

A facelift of the S-Class is scheduled for mid-2017 and an all-electric ForTwo Coupe EV is being readied for presentation by the end of 2016.

A ForTwo Cabrio EV and ForFour EV is scheduled for the first half of 2017.


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