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JAC bakkies – why not be different?

New T6 2.0L VVT Petrol now available at JAC Motors’ dealers

New fuelefficient 2.0l VVT petrol engine

Workhorse to suit needs of entrepreneurs

Comfortable driving experience for all lifestyles

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – This is the T6, JAC Motors’ sixth-generation international bakkie that was launched as “the best competitive offering” in the Chinese market in 2015.

It claims to have had the lowest sticker price, best performance, biggest payload and impressive standard features. The introduction of the new T6 2.0L VVT petrol double-cab 4×2 Lux derivative results from feedback JAC Motors received from South African market since the local launch of the T6 in 2018.

The bakkie’s T6’s “ultra-wide” body is said to have made it more versatile for workhorse applications;: buyers are reportedly impressed by the T6’s reliability, durability and practicality.


Karl-Heinz Göbel, CEO of JAC Motors South Africa, told The Corner: “The market feedback is clear. Customers – especially big transport operators – want petrol-engined derivatives in their fleets.

“We decided, given the limited number of one-ton petrol engine workhorses in the SA market, to add a petrol derivative to our local T6 range.”

Göbel added: “The sedan-like design of the T6 provides excellent comfort an ideal choice for entrepreneurs for work and lifestyle. Advanced technology and a high standard specification ensure a comfortable and relaxing driving experience.

“The T6 is a rugged all-rounder and popular choice with customers who want the best value-for-money double-cab on the market and for about R320 000 offers unique benefits such as fuel efficiency and low maintenance.”


The 1997cc VVT four-cylinder Euro V petrol engine is rated at 108kW @ 6000rpm and 190Nm from 3000-4500rpm spinning a five-speed manual transmission sending torque to the rear wheels.

Fuel consumption of 10 litres/100km sucks from a 76-litre tank for a claimed range of about 800km.

“We’re excited about the local launch of the new T6 2.0L.” Göbel said. “The petrol has developed an excellent reputation in markets worldwide where it is sold as a workhorse and a lifestyle double-cab.”

The bakkie rides on a ladder frame suspension over a double-wishbone front independent suspension with coil springs and 245/65 R17 tyres. It has a 6.2m turning radius to cope with tight parking spots and ground clearance of198mm and is rated for a 900kg payload.


Towing mass (braked) is 2000kg and the double-skinned load bed is described in the media release as “the biggest cargo space in its class” – 1520mmx1520mmx470mm with with an anti-scratch/corrosion-resistant liner.

Göbel again: “The bakkie has excellent gravel-road ability and is priced much less than its double-cab competitors. Its large grille, hawk-eye headlights, and wide stance came from JAC Motors’ Italian design centre.”

Standard features include foglights, power mirrors bearing turn indicators, running boards, ABS with electronic pressure distribution, reversing camera, rear parking radar, and auto door locks.

The cabin power-steering, cruise control, aircon, power player with Bluetooth, 12V socket, and a USB port in the centre console.

…and so to the models and prices.

T6 2.0i VVT 4×2 Lux – R324 900

T6 1.9L TDI 4×2 Comfort – R359 900

Prices include a five-year or 150 000km (wcf) manufacturer’s warranty and a five-year or 60 000km service plan. A range of customising accessories is available to suit a workhorse – or a lifestyle partner – with a choice of six colours through 65 dealers across South Africa.

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