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Most Anticipated Bakkies in South Africa
South Africa is a bakkie loving country and things are going to get interesting as manufacturers jump on the band wagon to claim their slice of the profit pie.
1. Mercedes Benz Bakkie
The Mercedes-Benz bakkie came out on top as South Africa’s most anticipated bakkie with 47% of the votes. Mercedes-Benz is a popular brand in South Africa and interest in its forthcoming bakkie is high. At this point, the Mercedes-Benz bakkie has no name and it can be expected sometime before 2020. We do know that Merc has partnered with Nissan to build the 1-tonne double-cab which will share its architecture with the NP300. The Mercedes-Benz bakkie will combine high levels of utility with comfort and safety which the brand is famous for. This is certainly a bakkie to look forward to.
2. New Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger is the second most anticipated bakkie with 27% of the votes and is currently South Africa’s top selling vehicle. The new Ranger model is due in South Africa towards the end of the year and ushers in upgraded styling inside and out. The new Ranger will also offer a range of upgraded diesel engines with power ouputs ranging from 96 kW to 147 kW. The Ranger will also be equipped with Ford’s second generation connectivity system, SYNC 2. The flagship Ranger Wildtrak derivative will also be available in South Africa towards the end of the year
3. New Toyota Hilux
The new Toyota Hilux comes in at third place on this list with 20% of the total votes. The new Hilux is due in South Africa in the first quarter of 2016 and comes with new styling and newly developed turbodiesel engines offering outputs of between 116 kW and 132 kW. The current Toyota Hilux is South Africa’s second most popular vehicle in terms of sales, going head-to-head with the Ford Ranger.
4. Renault Duster Oroch
The medium sized Renault Duster Oroch bakkie comes last on this list with 6% of the total vote. The Oroch has not yet been confirmed for South Africa but it’s highly likely considering that the Duster has sold so well since launch. The Oroch double-cab will combine space, comfort and performance and will likely be powered by the 1.6-litre petrol engine and 1.5-litre turbodiesel currently doing service in the Duster
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