The ute market is booming, and there’s about to be another entry from China.
A keen-eyed CarExpert reader has sent in some photos of the forthcoming JAC T9 dual-cab ute parked on the side of a street in Victoria ahead of its local launch early next year.
The spied JAC T9 ute has a Victorian trade plate on the rear of the ute, signifying it’s an unregistered car. It could be out for testing.
As previously reported, Australian vehicle importer and distributor BLK Auto announced in December 2022 it would bring the Chinese-built JAC T9 dual-cab ute to Australia.
The turbo-diesel T9 ute was originally set to launch locally in June this year, though this has now been pushed back to February 2024.
In addition to a previously announced electric variant, now due in June 2024, a hybrid version will follow later in 2024.
BLK Auto managing director Jason Pecotic said in July the first examples of the T9 arrived in Australia for testing purposes and were being shipped around the country for dealers to experience.
The Chinese-made ute will be sold locally at 30 dealers. 50 units will be available initially at the February 2024 launch, with a further 300 examples arriving in March.
The JAC T9 will use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 125kW of power and 410Nm of torque.
This is mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with drive sent through a part-time four-wheel drive system. It’s expected to have a 3500kg braked towing capacity.
Official details about the all-electric T9 are yet to be confirmed, but Mr Pecotic said it will arrive locally in December this year for testing ahead of a June 2024 launch.
It’s expected the all-electric T9 will compete head-to-head with the LDV eT60 which is currently priced from $92,990 before on-roads.
Mr Pecotic also confirmed a hybrid version of the T9 will be coming to Australia. There are no details on this vehicle apart from Mr Pecotic saying it’ll launch locally at the end of 2024.
The JAC T9 measures in at 5330mm long, 1965mm wide, and 1920mm tall, with a 3110mm wheelbase. This is 40mm shorter, 47mm wider, and 36mm taller than a Ford Ranger Wildtrak, with a 160mm shorter wheelbase.
Interior features will include a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and heated power-adjustable seats.
Mr Pecotic previously said JAC was aiming for a five-star ANCAP safety rating for the T9.
Standard safety equipment will include seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera, and tyre-pressure monitoring.
Pricing and full standard specifications for the JAC T9 dual-cab ute haven’t been detailed yet.
JAC Motors is based in China’s Anhui Province and also produces a range of sedans, SUVs and trucks of various sizes – including electric ones.
Its Australian distributor BLK Auto has offices in NSW and Queensland and sells buses, JAC’s electric trucks, as well as hydrogen fuel-cell coach buses.
Beyond the JAC T9, Mr Pecotic reiterated a JAC-branded SUV will launch locally in the first half of 2025.
It’s unclear what this SUV could be, however there are no shortages of options from JAC including the small JS4 and ES4 SUVs, which appear to be petrol and electric rivals to the MG ZS.
There’s also the mid-sized JAC JS6 SUV which is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 135kW and 300Nm.
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