RU­MOUR HAS IT...

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A spokesper­son for Jeep SA con­firmed that we will get both two and four-door ver­sions with the petrol mod­els ar­riv­ing in the third quar­ter of 2018 and the diesel mod­els in the fourth quar­ter. Still no con­fir­ma­tion of the ru­moured dou­ble cab bakkie ver­sion.

LAMBO OF TO­MOR­ROW

Lam­borgh­ini has re­vealed the Terzo Mil­lenio, a vi­sion of a fu­ture rag­ing bull that has been cre­ated by the Sant’Agata supercar maker in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

Only a de­sign con­cept for now, Lam­borgh­ini says that “the con­cept phys­i­cally imag­ines de­sign and tech­nol­ogy the­o­ries of to­mor­row, while sus­tain­ing the vis­ual in­trigue, breath­tak­ing per­for­mance and, most im­por­tantly, the vis­ceral emo­tion found in ev­ery di­men­sion of a Lam­borgh­ini”.

Be­neath the de­sign though, is the part­ner­ship’s vi­sion of a fully-elec­tric supercar com­bined with the ul­ti­mate in light­weight ma­te­ri­als.

SATSUMA ON TEST

Pho­tog­ra­phers have caught an undis­guised ver­sion of the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Painted en­tirely in or­ange, by which we mean ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing the grille and wheels, the model is clearly the com­pany’s crash test ve­hi­cle.

What we do know is that the new A will get a longer front over­hang, pos­si­bly hint­ing at some form of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pack­ag­ing, as well as a larger and more rounded rear, pre­sum­ably to in­crease the boot space.

The new A will sit on the com­pany’s new MFA plat­form that should al­low the seats to be placed lower cre­at­ing more head­room and gen­eral space in the cabin. En­gines are likely to stay the same with the ad­di­tion of a 2.0l tur­bod­iesel, while the com­pany is ru­moured to be test­ing an A40 to slot in be­low the A45 AMG and take on the Volk­swa­gen Golf R.

REAL PONIES FOR LEVANTE

It was dis­ap­point­ing when Maserati re­leased the Levante SUV with only a diesel en­gine in SA. The com­pany will rec­tify that next week with the ar­rival of the petrol de­riv­a­tive, but it will still only be a V6, lack­ing that fa­mous Maser sound­track and grunt.

The com­pany is ru­moured to be rec­ti­fy­ing that too with a GTS ver­sion likely to be re­vealed in the first half of 2018 and which will sport a V8 be­neath the bon­net.

That V8 will be an up­graded ver­sion of the one in the

FEAR NOT, SCOOBY FANS

Ru­mours have been cir­cu­lat­ing over the past week that Subaru is go­ing to drop its fa­mous Im­preza-based STi.

The model with the big rear wing was made fa­mous in world ral­ly­ing and by its rapid rise to cult sta­tus as a supercar beater with phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mance, in­cred­i­ble grip and a re­ally big rear wing — did we men­tion that al­ready? But fear not fans, many peo­ple got the wrong end of the stick.

While Subaru might have ditched its ral­ly­ing and sports car im­age in favour of ex­ec­u­tive sedans and crossovers, the com­pany has no plans to drop the STi. In fact we saw a pro­to­type ver­sion of the new one at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val in the UK ear­lier in 2017. And the com­pany has a BRZ STi on sale in Ja­pan.

The ru­mour was cre­ated by an an­nounce­ment that IM Group, im­porters of Subaru in the UK, is drop­ping the STi model from its lo­cal line-up there. Sorry for you Brits, we in SA look set to en­joy STi mod­els for some time to come.

Maserati will in­tro­duce the petrol Levante in SA shortly, but a proper V8 GTS ver­sion is on the way.

Subaru in­ter­na­tional has no plans to drop the STi model in spite of ru­mours.

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