Rugged-looking JAC T9 Hunter bakkie planned for SA
JAC, the Chinese vehicle manufacturer, is set to launch a new contender in the local bakkie segment. JAC plans for the double-cab offering, called T9 Hunter, to join its lineup in 2023.
Set to be offered in 4x4 and 4x2 guises, JAC will introduce the turbodiesel-powered variants in the second quarter of 2023, with a plug-in hybrid slated to join the range before the end of the year. A battery-electric model will launch in early 2024.
The ICE-powered T9 Hunter lurks a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that churns out 125 kW and 410 Nm of torque plus a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels in the case of the 4x2 variant.
The 4x4 derivatives get a part-time drivetrain with a low-range transfer case and a rear diff-lock. The towing capacity of braked trailers matches that of competitors such as the new Ranger, Amarok, D-Max and Hilux models.
Regarding dimensions, the new T9 Hunter measures 5,330 mm in length, 1,965 mm in width and 1,920 mm in height, making it a reasonably large bakkie.
While local specifications will be confirmed closer to launch, JAC mentions active and passive safety features such as 7 airbags, autonomous emergency braking, forward-collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
JAC did confirm a standard-issue 10.4" touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone pairing, a wireless phone charging pad, a 7" driver information screen, heated power-adjustable front seats, partial leather trim, a 220V power outlet and climate control with rear air vents.
Pricing and local specification will be announced closer to its launch in 2023.