The JMC Vigus Pro has been officially launched in Malaysia. You’ve previously encountered the pick-up truck here via spyshots and a berth introducing Angka-Tan Motor( ATM) as the distributor of JMC, which stands for Jiangling Motors Co. ATM is a subsidiary of Bursa-listed Warisan TC Holdings and part of the Tan Chong Group, while Nanchang-based JMC is said to be the sixth largest commercial vehicle brand in China.

The Vigus Pro- China’s second best-selling pick-up truck- participates a competitive local truck sell that has the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara. Many of these supporters have been recently refreshed, very.

As an upstart, JMC has to bring value to the table, and the single variant Vigus Pro is priced at RM98, 888 on-the-road without assurance, with SST exemption. The East Malaysia price is RM100, 888. ATM says that the Vigus Pro, which is CKD locally made at Tan Chong’s Serendah plant, is a” new appraise hypothesi among pick-up trucks sold in Malaysia”- let’s see what’s being offered for the money.

The Vigus Pro is powered by a 2.0 litre turbodiesel with a variable geometry turbocharger. It’s a Ford-sourced Euro 3 machine rated at 141 PS at 3,600 rpm and 340 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 2,600 rpm. Not to be confused with the current Ranger’s EcoBlue Si-Turbo engine( 180 PS/ 420 Nm ), the JMC’s’ Puma’ instrument is a sister to the 2.2 L TDCi( 160 PS/ 385 Nm) used by the Ranger XL and XLT, but in a more road tax-friendly size.

Quoted fuel consumption is 7.8 litres per 100 km( 12.8 km/ l) in the UNECE R1 01 procedure, which performs the Vigus Pro one of the most fuel efficient one-tonne pick-up trucks currently sold in Malaysia, ATM says.

The proven engine is mated to big name gearbox, an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission by ZF. Yup, benchmark automobile more commonly associated with premium brand sedans. The ZF box is controlled by an electronic gear selector and there’s manual state plus steering transformation paddles as well.

The name flatten doesn’t stop there. The Puma-ZF8 combo is combined with a BorgWarner 4WD organization with a low-range transfer box( 2H/ 4H/ 4L grip stowed below the AC panel ), while an Eaton differential lock shuffles torque between the rear pedals for optimum resistance. The Vigus Pro’s Electronic Stability Programme( ESP) module from is Bosch. It includes ABS, EBD, friction dominate, stability see, mound start encourage and hill descent assure for hastens below 8 km/ h.

This Chinese truck is around the same size as the one-tonne trucks we’re familiar with. The 5,305 mm portion is the same as a Mitsubishi Triton, and the 3,085 mm wheelbase competitors the Hilux. Some might have approximated from the JMC’s wide cheek and chunky bumpers that it’s pretty wide- at 1,905 mm, the Vigus Pro is 35 mm wider than the latest D-Max, the most significant of the current bunch. Ground clearance is 225 mm.

However, at 1,475 mm long and wide, the square berthed is on the smaller side. Payload is 850 kg. Not the ultimate in shipment lading then, but not many trucks are used for load lugging these days.

The Vigus Pro is suspended by independent doubled wishbones in front and a strict axle with leaf spring at the back. At each reces are ventilated disc restraints( front and rear) and 16 -inch two-tone alloys wrap with 265/70 Maxxis A/ T tyres. Above those are huge square arches that are a big part of the truck’s look. Likewise unique to the square-cut design are prominent secures on the outside of the bunked. The play rail( with integrated third brake light) is curiously scrawny, though.

In calls of package, the Vigus Pro gets automatic halogen projector” monster eye” headlamps with manual levelling, C-shaped LED daytime direct lamps that chassis the fog lamps, rear shadow lamps, capability movable and automobile folding slope reflects with LED repeaters and heaters, auto wipers, front and rear parking sensors, hurried sensing vehicle opening locking( 25 km/ h) and area stairs.

Inside, analogue dials edge a non-colour multi-info display. The front unit is an 8.0 -inch touchscreen with USB and Bluetooth connection, hooked up to four speakers and a turn camera. The benches are fabric but the two-spoke flat bottom steering wheel is leather wrap and comes with two address of buttons( audio and sail switch) and paddle shifters. Elsewhere, the JMC has manual air con, a manual hand brake and a traditional turn key.

Nothing much to exclaim about refuge smart, as there are just two airbags and Isofix child seat prepares to accompany the ESP suite mentioned above. The Vigus Pro is available in four colourings- Solid White, Brilliant Silver, Glossy Black and the signature Steady Brown. Steady, bro.

The truck comes with a three-year or 100,000 km assurance. It is available for examining and test drives at 13 ATM dealerships nationwide( more coming soon ), supplemented by 13 after-sales service shops under the Tan Chong umbrella. Lastly, Vigus Pro customers can opt for JMC Care insurance, which boasts 18 benefits including expected ones such as free towing and PA coverage.

Customer deliveries will start later this month. Mayflower Car Rental, which is also part of the Tan Chong Group, is JMC’s first fleet customer with an initial seek of thirty forces. ATM is targeting sales of 350 parts from now till the end of 2021, and the company has inkling at more simulates, plus have entered into other ASEAN sells with JMC.

As a popular model in China and with off-the-shelf constituents from big name suppliers, reliability shouldn’t be a concern, and the brand is backed by an established epithet in Tan Chong. The styling might not be to all flavours and the package inventory isn’t very long, but at RM98, 888, what do you think the JMC Vigus Pro as a evaluate proposition versus the usual truck supposes?

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