The new JAC Australian line-up consists of three models that will cover a wide range of applications and needs with a GVM from 4.5 tonnes to 7.5 tonnes.
The model range starts with the 4.5 tonne J45 powered by a 2.8-litre Cummins ISF Euro 5 common rail turbo charged diesel engine mated initially to a ZF five-speed manual transmission.
The range steps up to the 6.5 tonne J65 using a 3.8-litre Cummins ISF Euro 5 common rail turbo charged diesel engine mated to a JAC six-speed manual while the 7.5 tonne J75 features the same Cummins engine and JAC transmission but with an added tonne of payload.
The three models are the first of an entire range of trucks on the Australian market which will run from 4.5 tonne light-duty through a range of medium-duty to the lower end of the heavy-duty market, with the full range expected on sale by the end of 2013.
According to managing director of WMC, Jason Pecotic, the new light-duty range of JAC trucks have been specified to offer the best value proposition in the Australian light-duty truck market and will make the market sit up and take notice.
The J45 model boasts maximum power of 110kW at 3200rpm with maximum torque of 360Nm at 1800rpm while the J65 and J75 models deliver maximum power of 115kW at 2600 rpm and 500Nm of torque at 1800rpm.
The Cummins ISF in both 2.8 and 3.8-litre form delivers tremendous fuel economy along with a low, flat torque curve making the JAC light-duty models extremely flexible and easy to drive particularly in city traffic. Cummins' efficiency allows it to employ a smaller cubic capacity and its excellent torque across the rev range means greatly reduced fuel consumption.
All JAC light-duty models are equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emission control as opposed to EGR, which is used by most opposition light-duty brands. SCR is more efficient and cleaner enabling the Cummins engines to run cooler and more efficiently than EGR equipped trucks.
The J45 model boasts the highest payload capacity in its class with an advantage of between 300 and 400kg on its Japanese rivals. J65 is close to class-leading in terms of front axle capacity and equal top in class for rear axle capacity, while offering close to the best dimensions in its class for body length.
In terms of load capabilities the JAC J45 is a close second to Isuzu in terms of front and rear axle capacity but well ahead of Hino and Fuso.
J45 has the most compact wheelbase in the class and front overhang up to 40 per cent less that its class rivals, enhancing its manoeuvrability and ease of operation in busy city streets.
The JAC J65 and J75 models are the only light-duty trucks on the Australian market to boast full air brakes enhancing safety, durability and performance.
Standard features on all three JAC light-duty models include ABS anti-lock braking, EBD, power windows, air-conditioning AM-FM-CD-MP3 audio system, remote central locking, door pockets, cup holders and entry assist handles.
The JAC truck range will also launch with an industry leading 2+3 warranty, which will give customers the confidence in the quality and global strength of the JAC product.