JAC S4 and S7 crossovers
JAC S7 will start coming to Russia from Kazakhstan, where its assembly is already being established at the enterprise “SaryarkaAvtoProm”, and S4 will be delivered directly from China. This was reported in an exclusive conversation with Kolesa.ru by Yu Yang, Deputy General Director of JAC International.Until recently, the interests of the Chinese car manufacturer JAC in terms of sales of passenger cars on the Russian market were represented by the company Allure RUS, but now all distribution issues have come under the jurisdiction of the Russian representative office of JAC. In connection with the restructuring of the business and the expansion of the assembly at the SaryarkaAvtoProm production site (Kazakhstan), which is part of the Allure group of companies, the Chinese plan to expand the model range in Russia. By the way, so far “under the roof” of the Russian representative office, sales of the S3 and S5 crossovers of the Kazakh assembly have not started, although they were announced for the MIAS-2018: this year both crossovers could only be purchased through dealers who had contractual obligations with “Allure Rus” “. The launch of sales through the representative office was shifted to January 2019, simultaneously concluding several new dealer agreements. As of December, 12 contracts have been concluded: JAC sales outlets will open their doors in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Samara, Saratov, Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg.
JAC S4 will start importing from China to Russia in 2019JAC S4 will start importing from China to Russia in 2019
In the coming 2019, along with S3 and S5, the Chinese are planning to sell at least two more models, and both are new items of this year. Mid-size JAC S7 (wheelbase – 2 750 mm) with three rows of seats put on the conveyor only in March 2018. In China, the car is equipped with two petrol turbo engines of 1.5 liters (163 hp and 251 Nm, HFC4GC1.6D) and 2.0 liters (177 hp and 300 Nm, HFC4GA3.4D). In a pair of engines equipped with direct fuel injection, given a 6-speed automatic transmission with two clutches, not different, which is interesting, the gear ratios, depending on the engine. For lovers of “shake the lever”, JAC also offers a “manual” version (6MT), available with both motors. The S7 is traditionally high for the “Chinese” curb weight: from 1,765 to 1,790 kg, depending on the modification. The passport clearance is 175 mm, but this is on the international website, but on the consumer website in China, the company gives 204 mm of clearance – apparently, the measurement methods are different.
Nominally, the JAC S4 falls into the compact class, but by European standards it is too small for it. Well, the JAC S4 falls into the compact class, but by European standards it is too small for it.
Another novelty of the Russian market in 2019 is the S4 crossover. He first tried on the new corporate exterior and interior design. Under the hood, the S4 has an upgraded 1.5-liter engine (HFC4GB2.4D) with a power of 110 kW (150 hp) and 210 Nm of torque. The base was the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated unit (HFC4GB3.3D), developing 88 kW (120 hp). This engine is well known to the Russian owners S3. Both engines can be interfaced with both a 6-speed manual and a variator. The VT2 variator, supplied by Punch, is also well known to us, as are the manual boxes that JAC makes on its own.
Yu Yang, Deputy General Director of JAC International Yu Yan, Deputy General Director of JAC International
The wheelbase of the S4 at 2,620 mm seems to indicate a compact class, but in fact it’s rather a smaller size. The curb weight of the S4 is no longer amazing – it lies in the range from 1,325 to 1,365 kg, and the ground clearance according to the Chinese consumer site is already 200 mm.
Russians will like the massive plastic body kit JAC S4 along the lower perimeter of the body, as well as the base 1.6-liter “aspirated” Russians will like the massive plastic body kit JAC S4 along the bottom perimeter of the body, as well as the base 1.6-liter aspirated
In direct terms in rubles, the base price of S7 in China is from 1.1 million rubles, and S4 – from just 680 thousand. In Russia, of course, cars will cost much more, and a small S4 is likely to be not significantly cheaper than a large S7. The fact is that, according to Yu Yan, the deputy general director of JAC International, simultaneously performing the duties of the general director of JAC Automobile, S7 will definitely get on the Kazakh conveyor, where the car will begin to be assembled on a full cycle. Moreover, there is already going full technological preparation of production. But S4 will most likely be imported into Russia – the managers of the Russian branch of JAC have not yet decided on this issue. Import means that in order to reduce the price, S4 will be launched to us only in the basic version with a 1.6-liter engine.
With the imputed price, our market will probably accept the JAC S7, however, how people will perceive the basic supercharged engine … At the imputed price, our market will probably accept the JAC S7, however, how people will perceive the basic supercharged engine …