The list of automatic 4×4 double-cab bakkies in South Africa is rather short with just a handful of examples being available. If you lead an adventurous life but only have enough parking space for one car, here are five examples that will be the lightest on your wallet.
- Mitsubishi Triton 2,4DI-D Double-Cab 4×4 automatic – R654 995
The flagship Mitsubishi Triton, sans the Xtreme pack, employs a turbodiesel 2,4-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 133 kW and 430 N.m of torque to its Super Select II 4×4 system via a six-speed automatic transmission. As standard, the package offers a rear differential lock, hill descent control, and electronic off road assistance. In 4H mode, the system distributes torque in a 40:60 ratio between the front and rear wheels.
- Toyota Hilux 2,4 GD-6 Raider Double-Cab 4×4 automatic – R638 200
Much like the Triton, the Toyota Hilux 2,4 GD-6 Raider Double-Cab 4×4 automatic uses a turbodiesel 2,4-litre four-pot unit with a six-speed automatic transmission. A power output of 110 kW and 400 N.m is quoted for the Japanese bakkie. Fitted as standard is a limited slip differential, rear differential lock and trailer sway and hill assist control.
- Ford Ranger 2,2 TDCi XL Double-Cab 4×4 automatic – R563 900
While it won’t be around for much longer, the Ford Ranger 2,2 TDCi XL Double-Cab 4×4 automatic displays quite a bit of a price gap between the first two examples on this list. The list of standard features is not as generous, though. Regardless, it offers an electronic shift on the fly 4×4 control system together with hill descent control, hill launch assist, trailer sway control and adaptive load control. This model is powered by the brand’s turbodiesel 2,2-litre four-cylinder unit that delivers 118 kW and 385 N.m of torque via a six-speed automatic transmission.
- GMW P Series 2,0TD SX Double-Cab 4×4 automatic – R457 900
The cheapest 4×4 automatic double-cab offering in the GWM P-Series range technically falls under its commercial vehicle offering. Regardless, it comes standard with the torque-on-demand four-wheel drive system that receives power from a turbodiesel 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine. 120 kW and 400 N.m is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The list of standard features is generous with 17-inch alloys, hill descent control, TPMS and a six airbag system all included in the package.
- Mahindra Pik Up 2,2 CRDe S11 Double-Cab 4×4 automatic – R433 999
Recently introduced to South Africa, the Mahindra Pik Up 2,2 CRDe S11 Double-Cab 4×4 automatic entered the market last year as the cheapest offering in this category. The Indian bakkie uses a turbodiesel 2,2-litre four-cylinder engine that sends 103 kW and 320 N.m of torque to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. This model sports a mechanical locking differential on the rear axle as well as a fairly generous list of standard features.