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2018-12-04 07:30

Janine Van der Post, Robin Classen

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The Los Angeles motor show is probably one of the most popular auto shows in the world, and of course, an onslaught of new models have made their debut on the global stage.

The likes of BMW, Kia and Mercedes-Benz have all debuted new examples to be launched to global markets in the new year.

And of course, there are a bevy of new models that will be heading our way, some as early as the second quarter of 2019.

BMW X7

BMW's flagship seven-seater X7 SUV will be making its way to South Africa shores from March next year.

READ: BMW reveals pricing of new mega X7 SUV

It will be available in two models - M50d and xDrive30d - with a price tag of R1 862 308 and R1 562 849 respectively.

Both models come equipped with 3.0 litre turbodiesel engines with power outputs of 195kW and 294kW.

Mazda has been keeping the public waiting with their all-new '3' model that officially made its debut in LA. Mazda South Africa says the new model will arrive locally during the second quarter of 2019.

The all-new Mazda3 adopts a matured Kodo design language that embodies the essence of Japanese aesthetics. While the overall design presents a simple, single form, subtle undulations bring the styling to life through shifting light and reflections that glide over the body surface.

The result is a richer and more powerful expression of vitality than that seen in previous Kodo models. Despite sharing the Mazda3 name, the hatchback and sedan models have distinct personalities — the design of the hatchback is dynamic, that of the sedan elegant.

2019 mazda 3

Jeep Gladiator

The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator – the most capable mid-size truck ever – builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility.

FCA South Africa says the awesome vehicle is yet to bee confirmed for the local market... We're keeping our thumbs crossed!

Not to mention best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features.

"Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognizable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand - North America.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Porsche 911 Carrera

The new Porsche 911 shows off the next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before, with 331kW in the S models.

Porsche South Africa says the new 911 Carerra will arrive around May next year. The S model is priced at R 1 708 000 and the 4S will retail from  R 1 797 000 inclusive of a 3-year or 100 000km Driveplan.

Porsche says the forced inductions are now more fuel efficient thanks to improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system.

The eight-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been tweaked.

The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now produces 331kW; 911 Carrera S: This corresponds to an increase of 22kW compared with the previous model.

The top speeds are now 308 km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version.

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Toyota Prius

The new 2019 Toyota Prius also made its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, marking further advances in the driving capability and appeal of the world’s most popular self-charging hybrid car.

Toyota South Africa confirms the new version will also arrive during the second quarter of 2019.

Ever since the launch of the original model in 1997, the Prius has been a leader in technical innovation, making ever-greater progress in efficiency, refinement and driving pleasure through four generations claims its automaker.

Maintaining this distinguished record, the new Prius is the first Toyota to benefit from Hybrid AWD-i, a new, intelligent, electric all-wheel-drive system that provides more sure-footed handling and peace-of-mind driving.

2019 Toyota Prius


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