The most powerful double-cab bakkies in South Africa-

With the introduction of the most powerful bakkie in South Africa, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class X350d, announced this week, we look at what else is on the list: 

1. Mercedes-Benz X350d

The newest addition to a market flooded with double-cab bakkies, the X-Class divides opinion with its snobby badge and Nissan Navara underpinnings. 

 It's powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 engine and produces 190kW and 550Nm, and scampers to 100km/h from standstill in less than 8 seconds. 

Price: R973 188 (X350d Power) 

2. Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6

The country's best-selling bakkie has undergone a few cosmetic changes in 2018 and wears xenon headlights, LED spot lamps and a black grille. In top-spec form it is powered by a 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine producing 175kW and 376Nm. 

The Hilux uses a six-speed automatic gearbox and it's not difficult to see why the newer version will continue the model's dominance in the local market. 

Price: R667 100 (4.0 V6 4X4 Raider 6AT) 

3. Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 TDI V6   

Another German bakkie on the list, the Amarok, is a favourite with our testers. Producing 165kWand an X-Class equalling 550Nm, the Amarok has a trick up its sleeve in overboost mode where power surges to 180kW and 580Nm. 

The VW uses an 8-speed conventional torque converter to change gears and it works like a charm, offering smooth gear shifts. 

The automaker will launch a higher-powered 190kW Amarok V6 in early 2019, matching the X-Class' power output. 

Price: R729 100 (Amarok double cab Extreme auto)

4. Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi

The Ranger may be the Toyota Hilux's biggest rival in the sales charts but its well below in the power stakes. The US automaker's most powerful Ranger uses a 3.2-litre turbodiesel engine producing 147kW and 470Nm. 

It can be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Ford will debut a refreshed Ranger in 2019, read about it here. 

Price: R655 900 (3.2 TDCi Double Cab Wildtrak 6AT 4x4 HR)

5. Nissan Navara 

The Navara occupies fifth spot on this list, powered by a 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine it makes 140kW and 450Nm. The Navara's party piece is its five-link coil rear suspension and also uses a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The four-cylinder unit is also used in other versions of the X-Class as part of the partnership between Mercedes and Nissan. 

Price: R626 500 (Navara 2.3D LE 4X4 AT DC)





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