This week’s motoring news was dominated by the introduction of the next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor, with the Blue Oval brand finally revealing the new range-topping Ranger following a brief teaser campaign. Another manufacturer also made the headlines – Volkswagen, with the German marque releasing ‘near-production’ sketches of the upcoming Amarok.

In addition, a host of new vehicles have (finally) arrived in South Africa, the Chery Tiggo8 Pro, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi’s fully-fledged e-tron line-up. Here’s the breakdown of this week’s motoring news…

1. Next-generation Ford Ranger Raptor unveiled as ‘true performance machine’

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Ford has finally whipped the covers off the next-generation Ranger Raptor. Billed as a true performance machine, the second Ranger to don the ‘Raptor’ badge is endowed with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, producing a whopping 292 kW and 583 Nm of torque. The EcoBoost motor is coupled to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, which directs power and torque to a permanent four-wheel-drive system.

2. Volkswagen released ‘near-production’ sketches of the upcoming Amarok

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Volkswagen has released new sketches of the upcoming Amarok. According to the Wolfsburg-based brand, these ‘near-production’ images give a glimpse of the upcoming bakkie’s “dynamic, self-assured” exterior design. In addition, the firm has confirmed that the box-fresh bakkie will again boast a V6 diesel motor.

3. Audi’s fully-fledged e-tron line-up powers into South Africa

Audi’s e-tron range has finally made its way on to South African shores, with the Ingolstadt manufacturer launching the host of new electric vehicles in Cape Town this week. See pricing here. 

4. New Mercedes-Benz C-Class launches in South Africa


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Although we’ve seen a few on local roads, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has made its official debut in South Africa. Watch our in-depth video review here. 

5. Chery Tiggo 8 Pro lands in South Africa


The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has touched down on South African shores, with the local arm of the Chinese carmaker revealing pricing and specification at the launch of its flagship, seven-seater SUV. The line-up comprises two derivatives, the entry-level Distinctive and flagship Executive. Both models are powered by the firm’s 1.6 TGDI engine, which produces 145 kW and 290 Nm of torque. See pricing and specification here.