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JAC T8 bakkie gets new 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine

Published Nov 24, 2021


Johannesburg - First introduced in 2019, the JAC T8 double cab bakkie has been upgraded with a new 2.0-litre engine option.

The new turbodiesel motor produces 104kW at 3600rpm, which is a 4kW improvement over the 1.9-litre engine, and while peak torque remains the same at 320Nm, it peaks 400rpm earlier at 1600rpm.

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The new engine, which features an intercooler and variable geometry turbocharger, is still paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and there’s no word yet on whether an autobox will be offered. JAC claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.7 litres per 100km for the new 2.0, which should allow a range of around 900km on the 76-litre tank.

Priced at R412 400 in 4x2 guise and R462 400 as a 4x4, the new 2.0-litre models command a R10 000 price premium over the 1.9-litre variants.

The JAC T8 boasts a payload of 900kg and a braked towing capacity of 2000kg, while the ground clearance is listed at 220mm. The 4x4 model features a part-time four-wheel drive system and drivers can switch between 2WD and 4WD at up to 80km/h.

Aesthetically the JAC T8 2.0 adopts a new black grille and it’s also fitted with two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, black wheel arches and a style bar.

Standard interior features include leather seats, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, manual air conditioning and a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as a reverse camera. Safety features include dual front airbags, ABS brakes, ESC stability control, traction control and Hill-start Hold.

Prices include a five-year/150 000km warranty and five-year/60 000km service plan.

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JAC T8 prices

2.0 CTi 4x2 Lux - R412 400

2.0 CTi 4x4 Lux - R462 400

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