JAC Motors hits Aussie roads with T9 ute

A new player has entered the Aussie ute market, with Chinese brand JAC Motors launching their first local ute offering – the T9 – in Sydney. Packed with features, and a hint of luxury, it’s set to take on the likes of the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.

Available in two trim levels – Oasis and Haven – the new ute features a 3,500kg braked towing capacity, 1,000kg payload and the ability to fit an Australian pallet in the tray. Both models feature a spray-in tub liner and part-time 4WD (2H, 4H and 4L).

Powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine paired with a smooth automotive transmission, the T9 produces 125kW of power and 410Nm of torque at a fuel-efficient 7.6-litres/100km. It has four drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow)

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To be distributed in Australia by LTS Auto (a new company that’s part of the LTS Group, who have a history in construction and hospitality among other things), JAC Motors is building a parts and accessories warehouse in Lane Cove (NSW).

“We understand the pivotal importance of being service oriented,” JAC Motors Australia deputy managing director Danny Lenartic said. “We’re starting from scratch. We have no legacy. We should get it right.”

That’s significant, because it means local availability for vehicle servicing and upgrades for the T9 ute, which is backed by a 7-year warranty, with plans for capped price servicing and roadside assistance to be introduced when it hits dealers in April.

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Inside the 2024 JAC T9 Ute in Haven trim.

Some 40 dealers across the country will sell the new ute, which hits the tarmac (or dirt) for $42,662 in Oasis trim, or $45,630 in its Haven form (both plus on-roads). Regardless of variant, both are fully loaded with goodies.

This includes leather accented seats, with heating up front in the range topper, 18-inch alloys, a 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, side steps, and wireless phone charger with venting to keep your phone cool.

An electric rear diff lock and park brake are both included, along with a suite of safety technology that includes lane departure and lane keep, blind spot detection and a host of airbags. While not yet ANCAP tested, JAC is confident of a 5-star rating.

Officials from JAC Motors (China), who last year sold 592,000 vehicles globally, including large and small trucks, utes and passenger vehicles, confirmed Australia will get a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) version of the T9 in some time 2025.

You can pre-register your interest for the 2024 JAC T9 on their Australian website, or contact your local dealership. When it arrives in April, it will be available in seven truly Aussie named colours.

These include Stratus (White), Karak (Black), Hammerhead (Dark Grey), Huntsman (Light Grey), Red Belly (Red), Wren (Blue) and Salt Bush (Silver). JAC’s list of development partners includes Huawei, Volkswagen and NIO.

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