JAC Motors South Africa plans to launch its new top-of-the-range T9 double-cab series in 2023.
- The new T9 Hunter range, comprising four models, including 4×4 and 4×2 derivatives, will lead the company’s quest in the competitive lifestyle segment of the double-cab bakkie market.
- The T9, developed for both left- and right-hand drive markets, is manufactured in China, utilising state-of-the-art production facilities.
- Turbo-diesel derivative will be introduced in South Africa and Australia in the Q2 of 2023.
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The new T9’s bold design, its large body measuring 5’330 mm (L) x 1’965 mm (W) x 1’920 mm (H), and its wheelbase of 3’110 mm, created tremendous interest when it was first shown to the public at the Beijing Auto Show in 2020. Since then, more R&D has been done to prepare the new T9 for its global launch in one of the world’s most competitive market segments.
We are excited about the imminent arrival of the new T9 Hunter range. Bakkie buyers will love its large body design because local customer research highlights that a bakkie’s actual size is one of the most important buying motivators when it is purchased.
// CEO of JAC Motors South Africa, Karl-Heinz Göbel
The T9 Hunter’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine produces 125kW and 410Nm sending the power through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. The T9 4×4 derivatives feature a part-time 4×4 system with a low-range transfer case and a rear diff-lock. It offers a towing mass of 3’500kg (braked).
Local specification levels still need to be confirmed, but the T9 range will only be available in an eight-speed automatic transmission to ensure a relaxing driving experience. The T9’s active- and passive safety feature list includes seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring, a surround-view parking camera and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Other standard equipment includes a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, wireless phone charging, a 7-inch driver information screen, heated power-adjustable front seats, partial leather trim, a 220V power outlet and climate control with air ducks for passengers in the back of the cab. The new T9 Hunter will be a welcome addition to the local T-Series, comprising the T8 and T6 product ranges, as it will offer additional variants at the top end for the dealers to sell.
Pricing and standard specification for the JAC T9 Hunter range will be announced closer to the launch this year. The battery-electric derivative’s introduction is planned for early 2024.
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