40 cool new cars for SA in 2014

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  1. Among the most keenly anticipated cars of 2014, the new BMW M4 Coupe and M3 Sedan will hit the scene during the second half of the year, armed with a new high-revving twin-turbo six-cylinder motor good for 317kW and 550Nm.
  2. The Alfa Romeo 4C is a pukka mid-engined sports car complete with a carbon-fibre tub chassis. The first batch is already sold out, so best you start chasing the 2014/2015 allocation.
  3. The Audi RS 7, due in January, packs a 412kW/700Nm force-fed V8 that gets it to 100 in a shade under four seconds.
  4. The cabriolet version of the latest Audi A3 will hit our streets during the second half of 2014, hopefully in time for spring.
  5. Those tired of the standard school-run crossover can look forward to the 228kW five-cylinder Audi RS Q3 in January.
  6. Before the year is out BMW will unleash its radical new lightweight i8 sports car, powered by a hybrid drivetrain that mates a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbopetrol to an electric motor for a combined output of 266kW.
  7. Longer, lower and wider than the 1 Series two-door that it replaces, the new BMW 2 Series Coupe offers up to 240kW of thrill potential. It will hit SA streets during the first quarter of 2014.
  8. The battery-powered BMW i3 is set to silently waft along SA streets from September 2014, and it should cost less than R480 000.
  9. Chevrolet will be hoping to light up the pocket rocket market in the first quarter of the year with its 103kW 1.4-litre turbocharged Sonic RS.
  10. Datsun is coming back and the Nissan division promises that its new 1.2-litre Go hatchback will cost less than R100 000 when it hits the scene during the second half of 2014.
  11. Ford is making a return to the large sedan market with its Fusion sedan. Expect it to offer a range of EcoBoost turbopetrol engines.
  12. GWM will soon launch an assault on the lower end of the crossover market with its M4, which is powered by a 77kW 1.5-litre engine.
  13. An interesting and imminent offering from GWM, the C50 is a Corolla-sized sedan powered by a 98kW 1.5-litre turbopetrol engine.
  14. Expect the all new Honda Jazz to reach South Africa during the course of the year offering a practical-as-ever package wrapped in a more interesting design.
  15. As was the case with its predecessor, the new Honda City will spawn the SA-market Honda Ballade.
  16. The more daring, second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan will take on the BMW 5 Series when it reaches our shores during the second half of the year. Image: Reuters
  17. The quirky little Hyundai Veloster will get the fire-power it deserves when the 150kW 1.6-litre turbocharged version arrives around April.
  18. South Africa will get the Indian-market version of the new Hyundai i10. Dubbed the i10 Grand, it is 100mm longer than the European version, which is a good thing because we like our space.
  19. The new Infiniti Q50, due in the first quarter, promises to be a serious challenger to the BMW 3 Series and friends.
  20. Due around mid-2014, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe range is headed by a 404.5kW supercharged V8 R model.
  21. Due imminently, the Kia Koup Turbo offers a lot more than just style this time around: Kia has endowed it with a 150kW 1.6T heart.
  22. This radical new Lexus coupe, with up to 234kW on command, will rival the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series when it lands here during the second half of 2014.
  23. Mazda will enter SA as an independent entity in 2014 once the Ford divorce is complete. After that you can expect some exciting new products, like the all-new Mazda3 (shown here) and, possibly, the Mazda6.
  24. Larger-yet-lighter than before, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class promises to set new standards in its class. Expect to see it in showrooms before midyear.
  25. Something of an A-Class on stilts, the Mercedes-Benz GLA will offer yet another premium temptation to the compact crossover crowds. ETA is April, with prices starting just shy of R400 000.
  26. An interesting new B-segment alternative, the MG3 is expected to start at R160 000 when it arrives in January.
  27. The styling might be evolutionary, but the 2014 Mini (due in April) is practically all-new beneath the skin. Cooper gets a 100kW three-cylinder 1.5T and Cooper S gains a 141kW four-pot 2.0T.
  28. The all-new crossover you see here marks the return of the Mitsubishi Outlander to South Africa in 2014.
  29. South Africans will enjoy more budget hatch variety when Mitsubishi launches its new Mirage next year, likely around April. Power comes from a 59kW three-cylinder 1.2 petrol motor.
  30. The all-new Nissan Qashqai will aim for compact crossover domination when it hits the local scene around midyear.
  31. The new Nissan X-Trail boasts a smoother design, advanced technologies and the availability of a seven-seat model. ETA: mid-2014.
  32. The hottest Peugeot ever is shoved along by a 199kW 1.6 turbopetrol engine. Expect the RCZ R sports coupe to tear up local tarmac from mid-2014.
  33. The new Peugeot 308, due in the third quarter, is 140kg lighter than its predecessor and offers a new 1.2-litre turbocharged engine option.
  34. The Peugeot 2008 will take on the Ford Ecosport and Nissan Juke when it arrives in SA, before midyear.
  35. The Porsche Macan claims to be the first compact SUV that is also a sports car. We will have to test that theory when it arrives around midyear.
  36. Due imminently, the new Renault Clio RS takes up turbocharging, its 1.6T heart pushing 147kW and 240Nm.
  37. The WRX returns to South Africa in May 2014, powered by a new 200kW 2-litre boxer motor.
  38. The more grown-up Suzuki SX4 will be aiming to put up a stronger fight in the compact crossover market. ETA: first quarter of 2014.
  39. The bigger and more sophisticated Toyota Corolla arrives in February.
  40. A big one on the calendar of hot hatch fans, the new VW Golf R arrives during the first half of the year with a new 2-litre TSI engine. Overseas versions pack 221kW, but the SA version may follow the Audi S3 in being detuned due to our hot climate.
 

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