JAC T9 Bakkie-based SUV coming to South Africa in early 2025

Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of JAC’s T9 bakkie line-up for the first time. During the event, the Chinese automaker confirmed that it will enter the three-row, ladder-frame premium SUV segment.

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In addition to the driving experience of the T9 bakkie and the global celebration of the Chinese brand’s 60th birthday, Karl-Heinz Göbel, CEO of JAC Motors South Africa, went into significant detail about how the relatively unknown automaker plans to continue an offensive to large scale in the market. Local market. One of the models that was briefly mentioned is the vaguely named T9 SUV. The SUV carries an almost identical front fascia to its bakkie counterpart, with a similar (if not identical) fender, arch cladding and potentially even front doors borrowed from its sibling.

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Although little information is disclosed about the SUV, it can be expected to share JAC’s JL32 architecture, which underpins the T9 bakkie that made its debut at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show. It will also likely receive the same powertrain, which In the case of the T9 bakkie it is a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine capable of generating 125 kW and 410 Nm, delivering power to the rear wheels, or all four, depending on the configuration. In short, all T9s offered locally are equipped with 4×2 or 4×4 and can be purchased in Lux or Super Lux versions.

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The SUV is also likely to play in the same performance and design category as its bakkie sibling, which measures 5,330 mm long, 1,965 mm wide and 1,920 mm high, while its wheelbase measures 3,110 mm. The T9 is also capable of supporting a maximum payload of 1,000 kg and can tow a maximum braking capacity of 3,500 kg. All these parameters are the main reasons why Göbel says that he has the Fortuner, Pajero Sport, MU-X, Everest and Scorpio-N as key rivals.

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With the T9 officially unveiled earlier this week, JAC added that the SUV will debut in South Africa in the second quarter of 2025 and that more details will be announced in due course. Considering the flagship T9 bakkie, packed with a luxurious interior and technology, is priced at R700 000, how much do you think this SUV will be offered for when it hits local shores?

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