Drop in Hybrid vehicles in SA
Over the last few months, the number of locally available Hybrid vehicles has seen a slight drop.
As the previous generation W212 Mercedes E-Class ran out, so did the hybrid model. It is not unusual for new models to have a smaller selection of engine types, hopefully with time the new W213 will get a plug-in hybrid. Much like the promised C350e coming to the W205 range.
But besides the E-Class, both the Lexus GS 450H SE and Toyota Prius have quietly been removed from the local market. The Prius may also be making way for the 4th generation Prius which was launched in the US earlier this year, but no news on Toyota SA’s website of when it may be expected.
One recent addition however is the BMW X5e. Coming in at just over a bar, it may not be the cheapest, but it’s nice to see that some manufacturers are pushing forward with electric integration. Earlier this year Tesla announced that they’d be launching their new Model 3 in SA as well.
You can see a full list of currently available hybrid and electric vehicles here.