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First look at the electric JAC double cab coming to South Africa

The electric variant of the new JAC T9 double cab that recently launched in South Africa is set to make its debut at this year’s Beijing Auto Show in April.

The Chinese automaker confirmed all the way back in December 2022 that the battery-electric bakkie is slotted in for a local introduction in 2024, but has remained tightlipped about the vehicle ever since.

Images by Chinese publication AutoHome have now provided the first concrete information regarding what the bakkie will look like and what it will offer.

When it arrives it will be the second all-electric bakkie to go on sale in South Africa, following the Maxus T90 EV that launched in September last year.

A new electric contender

The electric JAC T9 features a dual-motor powertrain with one unit positioned at the front and one at the rear for an all-wheel-drive setup.

The motors generate 70kW/176Nm and 160kW/342Nm at the front and rear, respectively, and are powered by an 88.02kWh battery pack that delivers a range of 500km.

It retains the versatility of the diesel model with a 1.81m cargo bed and 205mm of ground clearance, and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels in a distinctive quartered design.

Unlike the diesel-burning T9, the battery-electric version does not need a radiator grille and thus has a flat plastic panel on the nose with the JAC badge proudly integrated into it for improved aerodynamics, but it retains the sharp LED headlights and daytime-running lights of its siblings.

Inside the passenger compartment of the electric T9, the styling is highly reminiscent of the diesel derivative incorporating large flat surfaces and angular lines, camel-gray brushed trim panels, and piano lacquer-finished air vents.

Additionally, it boasts a 7-inch driver’s display, a portrait-style central infotainment system with voice control, built-in navigation, over-the-air software updates, wireless fast charging, electric leather seats, climate control, and ambient lighting.

The South African specifications of the new JAC T9 EV will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch date, which is anticipated for late 2024.

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