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2018-04-09 15:00

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Cape Town - April might be pockmarked by public holidays, but more new cars will be unveiled to the world's motoring press.  

Volvo's highly-anticipated SUV arrives this month, the new XC40 will take on the more compact SUVs from Volkswagen, Jaguar and BMW. 

Porsche will launch their latest 718 Cayman model locally in April, it's the firm's cheapest hardtop sportscar, while VW will launch their Tiguan Allspace in KwaZulu Natal later this week.  

Mercedes will unveil the new A-Class and G-Wagon to the world's media this month too. The automaker is currently launching its new Sprinter in Amsterdam. Wheels24 editor Sergio Davids is covering the event. 

Here are all the new models being launched in April: 

Volvo XC40

Fresh from winning the European car of the Year competition this year, the XC40 will hit the road in mid-April. 

Sean Parker attended the international launch in Barcelona last year and drove all-wheel drive versions of the D4 and T6 versions. 

The new compact SUV is the Swedish firm's smallest SUV and takes on the Volkswagen Tiguan, Jaguar E-Pace and BMW's recently-launched X2. 

There'll be front-wheel drive models coming later in 2018 including D3, T3 and T4 derivatives. Expect a hybridised as well as a pure electric version. Volvo SA confirmed all these versions will eventually come to Mzansi. 

Estimated pricing including all engine and trim derivatives, will be priced from less than R500 000 to around the mid-R600 000 mark. 

Mercedes-Benz A-Class and G-Wagon - The third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class 

A-Class - The new hatchback will arrive later this year in Mzansi, but the international launch is penciled in closer to the end of April. 

It looks a lot sleeker and on paper a better package. The new interior is a particular highlght. 

The intial models offered at launch (in certain markets) are below as follows: 

A200 (120kW/250Nm; with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission combined fuel consumption 5.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 120 g/km) or six-speed manual transmission (combined fuel consumption 5.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 133 g/km)

A250 with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (165kW/350Nm; combined fuel consumption 6.0 l/100km, combined CO2emissions 141g/km)

A180d with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (85kW/260Nm; combined fuel consumption 4.1 l/100km, combined CO2 emissions 108 g/km)

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G-Wagon - Mercedes-Benz heads into 2018 with the relaunch of a classic SUV - the new G-Class.

According to Mercedes-Benz: "The off-road legend will undergo the biggest makeover in its history while at the same time remaining true to itself. 

"Whether on- or off-road, the all-terrain vehicle impresses under all conditions with its performance, state-of-the-art assistance systems for safety and comfort, superb handling and a reinterpretation of its iconic design."

In the new G500 a high-performance 4.0-litre V8 petrol propels the new SUV. The new biturbo produces an output of 310kW and a maximum torque of 610Nm. 

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