Over the years, SUVs have changed and have become very popular. You are now able to get SUVs ranging from inexpensive subcompact utility vehicles to three-row SUVs that have amazing off-road capabilities to all-electric power.
There are three SUVs you should know about that will be hitting the SA market this year.
Mazda CX 30
February 2021 marked the unveiling of the new Mazda CX 30 in the South African market. Originally, the SUV was going to be announced last year but with the Coronavirus, the launch was delayed.
The Mazda CX 30 sits between the CX 3 and the CX 5. The CX 30 will be about 12cm longer than the CX 3 but 12cm shorter than the CX 5 according to CarMag. The engine and suspension will be borrowed from the Mazda 3.
South African consumers will have two engine choices those being the 1.5-litre petrol engine generating 88kW with 153Nm and the 2.0-litre petrol engine creating 121kW with 213Nm.
The Suzuki Brezza will find a place between the Ignis and Vitara and is expected to hit the roads in the first quarter of 2021. The details of the South African Suzuki Brezza haven’t been shared, but here is what the Indian built Brezza will offer.
The Suzuki Brezza will have a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 77kW and 138Nm of torque with either a manual or automatic transmission. For the Indian market, the Brezza will only be front-wheel drive.
Once the Brezza hits our shores, it will be competing against the Honda WR-V, Hyundai Venue, Renault Sandero Stepway and the Ford Figo Freestyle.
The selling features include a bold front grille, LED headlamps, a dual-tone colour arrangement, rain-sensing wipers, touchscreen infotainment system, dual front airbags, ABS brakes and cruise control on certain trim levels.
Land Rover Defender 90
Mid-year we can expect the 2021 Land Rover Defender 90. The space between the Defender and the Defender X has been bridged by adding a new X-Dynamic model with a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel engine.
The interior and exterior of the X-Dynamic are distinct with alloy wheels in Satin Dark Grey/GlossBlack finish, satin front and rear skid pans with matching grille bar and badging, window decals, Narvik Black mirror caps, wheel arch cladding and lower sill.
The price of theDefender 90 is expected to start from about R1 095 600 and can go up to R1 575 000.