A new brand is preparing to attack the Australian market.
Australian importer BLK Auto is bringing the Chinese JAC T6 twin-cab sedan by mid-2023, aiming to trade on a budget.
The little-known ute brand is expected to be priced close to other Chinese-sourced utes such as the LDV T60 and Great Wall Motors Cannon which sell for about $10,000 less than equivalent cars from Ford and Toyota.
BLK Auto managing director Jason Pecotic says buyers should expect a price tag of less than $45,000 for the JAC T6 when it arrives.
Chinese car brands have been very successful in the past few years in Australia and have a good amount of sales. Pecotic sees a huge opportunity for T9.
“The best-selling cars in Australia in general are the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger – pick-up trucks are very popular right now,” says Picotek.
“This segment is huge, about 180,000 units a year.
“But many buyers face a long wait to purchase a pickup, so we expect the JAC T9 to be a very attractive alternative at a reasonable price.”
Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which makes 125 kW and 410 Nm matched by the eight-speed. These outputs follow the main competitors but are on par with the Chinese competitors.
The 3500kg brake towing capacity outperforms vehicles like the GWM Cannon and matches hot picks like the new Ford Ranger.
The T9 has an interesting style with a giant prison cell-type grille and chunky plastic guards up front.
The brand strives for a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has equipped the T9 with a wide range of safety equipment including must-haves such as blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking and more.
The interior is also equipped with an impressive list of standard equipment. Buyers can expect a 10.4-inch central touchscreen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A wireless device charging pad, bird’s-eye view camera, and adaptive cruise control are included as standard.
BLK Auto says it plans to import an all-electric version of the T9 to Australia by 2024.
The company also brings JAC electric vans to Australia.
Originally published as China JAC T9 double cab confirmed for Australia