- The recent addition of Jeep's Gladiator bakkie to the local market has shaken up the power war in the double cab arena with its familiar 3.6-litre normally aspirated Pentastar V6
- The North American model retails for R1.2 million which also makes it South Africa's most expensive bakkie
- Our focus is on power as we countdown the five most powerful bakkies on sale in South Africa that includes some models you might not expect
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This week the Jeep Gladiator has arrived in South Africa sporting some wild numbers: it costs R1.2 million and has 209kW and 347Nm from its 3.6-litre petrol engine. This gives it the title of most expensive and most powerful double-cab in one fell swoop.
According to IOL, prior to the North American brand launching its Gladiator in Mzansi the most expensive double-cabs were the Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Raptor SE.
The German carmaker's 3.0 TDI Extreme derivative costs R1 076 400 and performance-orientated Ford Ranger Raptor SE which will set you back R999 150.
We look at the power war between the boldest double-cabs on sale right now:
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1. Jeep Gladiator - 209kW and 347Nm
Power is derived from a 3.6-litre normally aspirated Pentastar V6 which has 209kW and 347Nm mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, Quickpic reports.
2. Volkswagen Amarok - 190kW and 580Nm
The German's 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 is masterfully powerful and smooth with crisp acceleration via an eight-speed torque converter, Volkswagen reports.
3. Toyota Land Cruiser 79 4.0V6 Double-Cab - 170kW and 360N.m
The Land Cruiser has the largest displacement of all the models here, it's old-school 4.0-litre V6 engine's ruggedness is what makes the Cruiser a formidable double-cab in any terrain.
4. Ford Ranger Raptor - 157kW and 500Nm
The Ranger Raptor is soon to be replaced but still on sale in Mzansi and it adopts a biturbo 2.0-litre diesel engine to push out an impressive power figure. The compact engine in comparison to its rivals here is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
5. Toyota Hilux 2.8GD6 - 150kW and 500Nm
The ubiquitous Hilux is a South African favourite and recently its 2.8-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel engine received a welcome bump in power to put it on par with the Raptor's torque figure of 500Nm.
The new R1.2 million V6 powered Jeep Gladiator is heading to Konka's parking lot
The new Jeep Gladiator is what we in South Africa called a bakkie, or in the United States, its birthplace the 4x4 is called a pickup, Briefly News reports. The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is the only model available and is priced at which is priced at R1 259 900 which makes it South Africa's most expensive bakkie.
Inside there is an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen that houses the navigation and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
You're probably thinking about what powers this beast of a bakkie and that'll be the Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 engine delivering 209kW and 347Nm of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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Source: Briefly News