NEW MOD­ELS IN BRIEF

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

VW has re­leased a Polo with a GTI badge, which sells for R375 900. This pays for a cabin with all the but­tons and un­der the hood, VW’s proven 2.0 TSI en­gine (147kW / 320 Nm), sport sus­pen­sion and an XDS dif­fer­en­tial lock that turns the Polo GTI into a com­pact sports car. It comes stan­dard with a 3 year/120 000km war­ranty, 3year/45 000km Volk­swa­gen Ser­vice and a 12-year an­ti­cor­ro­sion war­ranty. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15 000 km. PHOTO: QUICKPIC Suzuki Auto has re-in­tro­duced the Suzuki Dzire as a stand-alone brand on a big­ger plat­form. Three mod­els are on sale, all driven by a 1.2 litre en­gine (61 kW/113Nm) matched to a five-speed man­ual or auto box. Prices start at R161 900 for the 1.2 GA Man­ual. All mod­els are sold with Suzuki’s ac­claimed 5-year/200 000 km me­chan­i­cal war­ranty and a 2-year/30 000 km ser­vice plan, while stu­dent fi­nance is avail­able. PHOTO: MOTORPRESS BMW deal­ers ex­pect the new X5 in Novem­ber, and will of­fer two diesels, the flag­ship M50d quad-turbo straight-six diesel, (294 kW /760Nm), or the six cylin­der xDrive30d (195kW and 620Nm). Mzansi prices and specs will be an­nounced nearer to launch, and op­tions range from air sus­pen­sion and an elec­tronic rear dif­fer­en­tial lock, to mas­sage seats, heated arm­rests and a 26cm touch­screen. PHOTO: BMW Uniti last month re­ceived “an ex­pected pre­order” of over €50 mil­lion (over R773 mil­lion) for its car­bon-fi­bre mono­hul, elec­tric two-seater, which the Swedish startup plans to bring to mar­ket late next year. North­ern Euro­pean cities where internal com­bus­tion en­gines face bans and “last mile” ve­hi­cles are much bet­ter than bi­cy­cling in win­ter, will get first de­liv­er­ies of the the Uniti One. Ad­di­tional mar­kets for the ve­hi­cle will be added pro­gres­sively shortly there­after. Uniti does not have a deal­er­ship net­work, the cars can in­stead be or­dered di­rect on their web­site or via part­ner­ships with con­sumer elec­tron­ics re­tail­ers. Pre­order en­tails a €149 (over R2 300) de­posit to se­cure a spot in the grow­ing queue for the first de­liv­er­ies on www.uniti.earth. PHOTO: UNITI

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