JAC Motors South Africa has just officially introduced the new T9 double-cab range, representing the pinnacle of its T-Series line-up. South Africa's unique position as the inaugural right-hand-drive market for the T9 underscores its pivotal role in JAC Motors' global expansion strategy.
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The new T9 is the company's most advanced bakkie to date and is built on JAC Motors' third-generation international LCV platform.
The T9 will spearhead JAC Motors' pursuit of the rapidly expanding leisure-focused double-cab market. The T9 2.0L CTi range includes four Lux and Super Lux derivatives.
The T9 range showcases a new engine line-up from JAC Motors, namely the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, while the pipeline includes a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) and PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) models planned for 2024.
The T9's super-responsive 2.0-litre four-cylinder, turbocharged, direct-injected, common-rail diesel engine delivers 125 kW and 410 Nm and is connected to a ZF-eight-speed automatic transmission.
The transmission offers various driving modes, including Sport, Normal, Eco and Snow, and the 4×4 derivatives offer electronic part-time 4WD with low range and a rear diff-lock.
The T9's unconventional design shows an imposing front end, highlighted by a prominent vertical chrome bar grille.
Integrated LED Daytime Running Lights, Xenon Headlamps, and Fog Lamps seamlessly blend into the front bumper design. The JAC badge, boldly embossed on the grille, further contributes to the T9's overall arresting design.
It is complemented by bold black wheel arches, running boards and a style bar to round off its rugged appearance. Two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels with a floral-inspired design and 265/60 R18 tyres perfectly fit the rugged look of new range-topping lifestyle bakkie.
Safety is taken care of with a high-strength steel birdcage body, multi-layer anti-collision beams and six airbags, which include a world-leading front centre airbag. Other standard features across the range include a Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill-start Hold Control (HHC).
It also boasts Keyless Entry, Central Locking with Speed-sensitive Auto Door Locks, two ISOFIX Child Restraint Anchor Points, Rear Parking Sensors, and a handy and practical 360˚ View Camera.
The T9 offers high-quality leather accented interior appointments, providing a luxurious feel inside the cab. Genuine leather seats and an adjustable leather-bound, multi-function Steering Wheel, including Cruise Control, provide additional convenient driver comforts. It features a Climate Control air-conditioner with rear vents to ensure comfort for both the driver and passengers.
A 7-inch multi-information Instrument Cluster, Wireless Charging, 220V and 12V Accessory sockets, and USB ports (including a USB-C port) in the front and rear are also a bonus.
Standard fitment across the range includes an upmarket 10.4-inch touchscreen Infotainment. The infotainment system houses important vehicle settings and information about the vehicle's health, for example, the 360˚ View Camera and features like the valuable Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
T9 2.0L CTi 4×2 Lux (R529 900), T9 2.0L CTi 4×2 Super Lux (R579 900), T9 2.0L CTi 4×4 Lux R599 900) and the T9 2.0L CTi 4×4 Super Lux (R649 900).
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