Enhanced Factory-Fitted Features, Exceptional Fuel Efficiency, and Modern Design
JAC Motors South Africa has recently launched its latest offering, the T8 2.0L CTI Super Lux double-cab, in the local market. With a 2023 facelift, the T8 Super Lux boasts a more rugged appearance and a significant value boost, as it comes equipped with R50,000 worth of additional factory-fitted features—all backed by the manufacturer's extensive warranty, all while maintaining the same retail price as the current T8 Lux range.
The global launch of the T8 in 2019 was instrumental in propelling JAC Motors as a competitive player in the international market. Manufactured in China and exported to over 40 countries worldwide, the T8 has gained popularity for its versatility, catering to both work and lifestyle needs.
Karl-Heinz Göbel, Chief Executive Officer of JAC Motors South Africa, noted, "Local customer research indicates that our T8 owners highly appreciate its exceptional fuel efficiency, comfort, and numerous safety features. The new T8 Super Lux, with its enhanced features, elevates our customer value proposition."
The T8 Super Lux line-up includes both 4x2 and 4x4 variants, all priced under R500,000, offering a compelling choice for double-cab buyers looking for a versatile bakkie that suits their lifestyle and work requirements.
Contemporary Lifestyle Design Upgrade
The T8 stands out with its captivating and modern design, crafted by JAC Motors' international design centers in Italy and Japan. The 2023 facelift adds sophistication with a stylish chrome-plated grille, Xenon headlamps featuring integrated LED Daytime Running Lights, and Fog Lamps seamlessly integrated into the front bumper.
To enhance its rugged appeal, the T8 boasts bold black wheel arches, running boards, and a style bar that amplifies its commanding presence. The 4x4 derivative receives a customized black off-road style bar, rear step bumper, and side steps, giving it a contemporary and adventurous look.
The T8's modern design combines clean lines and sleek curves, complemented by striking two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels with 265/60 R18 tires. The 'Double C' LED tail-light design enhances nighttime visibility, adding a touch of distinction to the rear profile, while rear fog lamps complete the package.
Göbel pointed out, "In response to customer feedback, the T8 Super Lux variants come standard with factory-fitted electric sunroofs, catering to double-cab buyers with active lifestyles and a penchant for adventure."
Standard Specifications for Safety and Comfort
Safety is a top priority for JAC Motors, reflected in the comprehensive array of active and passive safety features in the T8 Super Lux. It includes airbags, a Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Hill-start Hold Control (HHC), all aimed at ensuring the safety of drivers and passengers.
The T8 also features disc brakes in the front and rear, along with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Override System (BOS), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for added peace of mind.
Additional safety features in the T8 Super Lux include an ISOFIX Child Restraint System with two baby seat mounting points and heated side mirrors for defrosting and enhancing rear visibility on cold winter mornings. The safety package is further enhanced by a reverse camera, rear park distance sensors, remote keyless entry, and central locking with auto door locks.
Inside the T8 Super Lux, you'll find a host of comfort features, including a multi-function steering wheel, adjustable steering column, cruise control, air-conditioning, and electric windows. A one-touch up/down function allows effortless window control for safety and convenience. The front seats are upholstered in genuine leather, and the driver's seat is power-adjustable, enhancing the overall interior comfort.
The cabin features a multi-information display instrument cluster that provides vital information about the vehicle's health and status. It also includes a user-friendly 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity. USB and 12V power sockets are discreetly placed within a closable compartment in the center console, ensuring connectivity throughout your journey.
The T8 Super Lux is equipped with a responsive 2.0-litre common-rail turbo-diesel engine featuring an intercooler and Electrical Variable Geometry Turbocharger (EVGT). This powerplant delivers 104 kW @ 3,600 rpm and 320 Nm of torque, available between 1,600 to 2,600 rpm.
Paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, the engine ensures an effortless and relaxing driving experience, harnessing all available torque throughout its powerband. With an average fuel consumption of 7.8 L/100 km (combined cycle) for the 4x2 variant, its 76-liter tank offers an approximate range of 1,000 kilometers.
"The T8's excellent fuel efficiency is a key draw for prospective customers, while its ample power caters to adventurous individuals who enjoy camping and towing," affirms Göbel, reinforcing the T8's position as a compelling choice in the market.
Chassis Configuration for Versatility
The T8 Super Lux boasts a double-wishbone independent front suspension with coil springs, providing enhanced handling and passenger comfort. This suspension system effectively suppresses body roll and offers exceptional lateral rigidity, especially when the vehicle is fully loaded or navigating challenging off-road terrains.
Supported by a robust ladder frame suspension, including rear integral bridge support, the T8 features an ultra-wide body measuring 5,325 mm long, 1,880 mm wide, and 1,830 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 3,090 mm.
With a payload capacity of 900 kg, it features a double-skinned load box measuring 1,520 mm × 1,520 mm × 470 mm, coated with a corrosion-resistant truck bed liner for added durability and protection.
Its remarkably tight turning radius of 6.2 meters allows for effortless maneuvering through urban and challenging off-road conditions. Additionally, it boasts a maximum Towing Mass (Braked) of 2,000 kg, enhancing its versatility for various applications.
The T8 4x4 is equipped with a proven ESOF electronically-controlled time-sharing four-wheel-drive system from BorgWarner, ensuring reliable performance. Drivers can effortlessly switch between two-wheel drive (2H) and four-wheel drive (4H) at speeds up to 80 km/h with the touch of a button. It also features a low-speed four-wheel drive (4L) selection with a torque amplification mode for enhanced off-road capability. Conveniently located buttons on the dashboard allow for easy selection of different driving modes, and it comes equipped with a rear diff-lock to conquer challenging obstacles.
With an impressive approach angle of 29.6⁰, a break-over angle of 23.5⁰, and a departure angle of 22.4⁰, complemented by 220 mm of ground clearance, the T8 confidently tackles rough terrains and uneven landscapes.
Göbel concludes, "Our T8 Super Lux 4x4 is tailor-made for families who embrace active, adventurous outdoor lifestyles, seeking comfort while exploring our magnificent country."
Model Line-Up and Pricing
JAC Motors entered the South African market in 2017, introducing its range of bakkies and trucks. Since then, the brand has flourished, expanding its presence with a network of over 60 dealers across Southern Africa, providing strong support for its growing sales and customer base.
The T8 Super Lux offers an enticing retail package, including a 24-hour Roadside Assistance program, a standard 5-year/100,000 km manufacturer's warranty, and a 5-year/100,000 km service plan, with service intervals scheduled every 10,000 km.
Here are the suggested retail prices of the T8 line-up (VAT incl.):
T8 2.0L CTI 4×2 Super Lux: R449,900
T8 2.0L CTI 4×4 Super Lux: R499,900
The T8 Super Lux is available in six colours, and a range of accessories allows owners to personalize their vehicles to match their individual preferences and tastes.