It’s amazing that it has taken this long, but Mini has finally revealed an electric version of its popular hatch. The car that seems most suitable to urban electric-car living will only arrive in SA in 2021 with a range of up to 231km from its 32.6 kWh batteries. It looks every bit the Mini and has a few unique design features, including electrical socket-looking wheels. Mini says it will hit 100km/h in 7.3 seconds and handle just as well as its siblings.
The latest generation of the iconic Porsche 911 has landed in SA. Its design is evolutionary, but there are key elements to make it fit in with the modern Porsche family. These include the LED light bar at the rear and the button to start the new 3.0-litre engines of the Carrera S and 4S. This new version of the most famous sports car is powerful and efficient, and with its unique Wet Mode, perhaps a little more protective too.
Crossovers are all the rage, and the latest to join in the pseudo-4x4 fight is the Volkswagen T-Cross. Based on the latest generation of the Polo, it includes plenty of personalisation options as well as the usual trim lines. Expect it to be a popular sight outside trendy cafés around South Africa when it launches here in a few months’ time.
NEW BMW 1 SERIES
Wanted was in Germany recently to drive the third generation of the BMW 1 Series. Due in SA in October 2019, the new model is youthful and more connected and luxurious than before. Initially it will only be available as a 118i petrol which sits on the same front-wheel drive platform as Mini and an all-wheel drive 225kW M135i. Both feature new levels of comfort, performance and economy.
• From the August edition of Wanted 2019.