The automotive market in South Africa is buzzing with excitement as two eagerly-awaited next-generation car models, the Renault Captur and the Volkswagen (VW) Amarok, have officially launched and are now available for purchase.
Renault Captur: Expanding the French Carmaker’s Presence in South Africa
The all-new Renault Captur offers two trim levels, Zen and Intens, with prices starting at R454,999. This new addition is the first of five vehicles that the French carmaker plans to launch in South Africa in 2023, which include updated versions of the Duster and Koleos SUVs, the all-new Megane R.S. 300, and the new Oroch bakkie.
As for the VW Amarok, this popular model now comes in an impressive 12 variants, with prices ranging from R599,000 to R1,105,000. While currently available only in double-cab configurations, single-cab styles are expected to arrive in the second quarter of the year. Pricing and model line-up details for the single-cab versions will be announced closer to their launch date, according to TopAuto.
Key Features and Specifications of the Renault Captur and VW Amarok
The Renault Captur: Blending Style and Performance
The two Captur trim lines, Zen and Intens, offer a range of standard features, such as automatic LED headlights with daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, a reverse camera, hill-start assist, cruise control, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The higher-end Captur Intens adds more premium features, including a wireless charger, multi-sense ambient lighting, a synthetic leather steering wheel and gear lever, an electronic handbrake with auto brake hold, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warnings, and a Diamond Black roof.
Performance-wise, the Captur is powered by a 1.3-liter turbo-petrol engine that delivers 113kW and 270Nm, with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, achieving a fuel consumption of 6.6l/100km and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 9.6 seconds.
The South African pricing for the new Renault Captur is as follows:
Each purchase includes a 5-year/150,000km mechanical warranty and a 3-year/45,000km service plan.
The VW Amarok: Versatility and Power Across 12 Variants
All Amarok variants come with standard features such as LED headlights, a multifunction steering wheel, an 8.0-inch digital cockpit, a 10-inch central touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, and cruise control.
Additional options and upgrades for the Amarok include a leather steering wheel, an electronic parking brake, front parking sensors, a power tailgate lock, 17-inch “Combra” wheels on the 125kW variant, front-seat heating, and 18-inch Amadora rims on the 154kW version.
The VW Amarok offers four turbo-diesel engines across its 12 variants, capable of carrying loads up to 1.19 tonnes and towing up to 3,500kg, with a maximum water wading depth of 800mm.
The South African pricing for the new VW Amarok is as follows:
Each Amarok purchase comes with a 4-year/120,000km warranty and a 5-year/100,000km maintenance plan.
In summary, the next-generation Renault Captur and VW Amarok are set to make waves in the South African automotive market with their impressive features, performance, and versatility. These new models cater to a wide range of customers, from those seeking stylish urban vehicles to those requiring rugged off-road capabilities. Stay tuned for further updates on the upcoming single-cab Amarok styles, as well as additional vehicle launches from Renault in 2023.
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