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JAC Motors’ T9 Hunter range to be launched in 2023

JAC Motors South Africa has announced its 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. The T9 turbo-diesel derivative will be introduced in South Africa and Australia in the second semester of next year, with a PHEV derivative following at the end of 2023. The battery-electric derivative’s introduction is planned for early 2024.

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,” says Karl-Heinz Göbel, CEO of JAC Motors South Africa.

The T9 Hunter’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine produces 125 kW and 410 Nm 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 3 500 kg (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.

Göbel adds that 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. “South Africa and Australia are important markets in JAC Motors’ plans to increase its global right-hand drive market share; that is why we get the latest high-tech products like the T9 and the battery-electric N-Series trucks early in their product lifecycles.”

Pricing and standard specification for the JAC T9 Hunter range will be announced closer to its launch next year.

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About Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corporation Ltd. (JAC Motors)

JAC Motors may be a relative newcomer to the South African market; however, it has been a giant in the Chinese auto industry for almost 60 years. The company is based in China’s Anhui Province and produces a range of SUVs, passenger cars, pick-ups and trucks for left- and right-hand drive markets. Its marketing network covers more than 130 countries worldwide, including 28 African countries.

JAC Motors is also a prolific producer of electric vehicles and trucks. In 2020 Volkswagen acquired an additional 25% stake in its Chinese electric vehicle joint venture with JAC Motors. The original joint venture between Volkswagen and JAC Motors was established in 2017, with each company holding 50% equity. The joint venture will become central to the two brands’ electric vehicle programmes in China.

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