What chip shortage? These are some of the new models set to launch in South Africa in 2022

EQC 400 4MATIC; designo selenitgrau magno; AMG Line; Ledernachbildung ARTICO / Mikrofaser DINAMICA schwarz;Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 20,8 – 19,7 kWh/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km* ; *Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration EQC 400 4MATIC; designo selenite grey magno; AMG Line; ARTICO man-made leather / DINAMICA microfiber black;Combined electric energy consumption: 20.8 - 19.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km* ; *Electric energy consumption and range have been determined on the basis of Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. Electric energy consumption and range depend on the vehicle configuration

One thing for certain is that the production of vehicles will never stop. The global chip shortage, brought on by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, forced most automakers to delay production for a while – though the worst of the storm seems to have been navigated.

Compared to a decade ago, most modern vehicles come with all sorts of creature comforts and a host of safety features to boot. The VW Golf 8 GTI was the most anticipated car launch of 2021 and in 2022, bakkies will take centre stage as both Ford and VW will be launching brand-new models of the Ranger and Amarok, respectively. South Africa is considered bakkie country, after all.

Most new vehicles come with a host of optional extras that can include, but is not limited to, bigger wheels, a smokers pack, panoramic sunroof or heated seats. While it is nice to have, it will push up the purchase price as well.

That new car smell

South Africa once used to be overlooked as a destination for certain models to be sold here – the Nissan GT-R and Toyota Supra are prime examples – but the tide has turned significantly in the last decade – better late than never. Manufacturers like Mahindra and Suzuki, to name a few, have largely benefitted from dealing in the country.

Electric mobility and a zero emission future is at the forefront of automaker’s minds as internal combustion engines, or ICE for short, are gradually being ‘phased out’. The likes of Audi (with their e-Tron range) and Mercedes-Benz (with their EQ range) are pushing the envelope locally regarding EVs as they already have a slew of models in the pipeline for launch.

It’s worth noting that official launch times are subject to change. Gumtree lists the new models set to be launched this year (per automaker):

Audi

e-tron Sportback – Q1

e-tron Sportback S – Q1

e-tron SUV – Q1

e-tron GT – Q1

RS e-tron GT – Q1

Aston Martin

Valhalla – Q3

Alfa Romeo

Tonale – Q4

BMW

2 Series Coupe – Q1

Ford

Ranger – Q4

Ferrari

296 GTB – Q2

Fiat

500X Cabriolet – Q2

Honda

HR-V – Q3

Hyundai

Kona N – Q1

Al

Isuzu

D-Max – Q2

Kia

Carnival – Q1

Sportage – Q2

Sorento – Q1

Lexus

NX – Q1

LX – Q1

Mahindra

XUV700 – Q4

McLaren

Artura – Q4

Mercedes-Benz

EQA – Date to be confirmed

EQB – Date to be confirmed

EQC – Date to be confirmed

EQE – Date to be confirmed

EQS – Date to be confirmed

Nissan

Qashqai – Q1

Porsche

911 GT3 – Q1

Panamera Platinum Edition – Q2

Renault

Clio – Q1

Trafic – Q2

Oroch – 2023

Subaru

WRX – Q2

Suzuki

Celerio – Q2/Q3

Toyota

GR86 – Q3

Volvo

XC60 – Q1

Volkswagen

Amarok – Q4

Caddy – Q1

Golf 8 R – Q2

Taigo – Q2

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