NEW MODELS IN BRIEF
VOLKSWAGEN has introduced its top passenger model, the Arteon. Fully imported from the Emden plant in Germany, the 4,8m-long sedan is powered by VW’s 2.0 TDI paired to a DSG transmission. Three models are on sale, with the engine mapped to make 130kW in the Elegance and R-Line, but 206 kW in the RLine 4Motion. Prices start at R599 900 and top out at R699 900, and include a five-year or 90 000km maintenance plan, a threeyear or 120 000 km warranty. Service intervals are 15 000 km. The only thing not to like is the space-saver spare wheel, which simply is not safe on SA’s long roads.
ISUZU Motors South Africa has meanwhile announced prices for the highly anticipated, seven-seater mu-X — the first vehicle to be launched under the newly established Isuzu Motors South Africa. Isuzu’s proven 3.0-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbodiesel diesel engine that produces 130 kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which has a sequential sport mode. An impressive three-tonne towing capacity makes it a great choice for towing trailers or caravans. The 4x2 sells for R568 000, while the 4x4 sells for R629 100, including a five-year or 120 000km warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance and a five-year or 90 000km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km or 12 months.