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Jaecoo J7 launches in SA and we have pricing

Jaecoo J7 launches in SA and we have pricing

The automotive landscape in South Africa has just received a jolt of excitement with the official launch of the highly anticipated Jaecoo J7. With anticipation building for weeks, this groundbreaking model marks the debut of the newly established urban off-road SUV brand, promising a fusion of cutting-edge design, advanced technology, and unparalleled performance. With a starting price of just R549 900, the J7 range aims to take on and redefine the local SUV market.

A Brand Philosophy: From Classic, Beyond Classic

Tony Liu, executive deputy general manager of Chery, Omoda and Jaecoo South Africa, describes the J7 as the embodiment of Jaecoo’s brand philosophy: “From Classic, Beyond Classic.” As South Africa becomes the first right-hand-drive market and the inaugural African country to launch the J7, Liu emphasises the model’s role in introducing the brand to local consumers.

Power and Performance

All three variants of the Jaecoo J7 are equipped with an efficient turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, delivering impressive peak outputs of 145 kW and 290 Nm. Paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the J7 promises dynamic and responsive driving. While the base Vortex and mid-tier Glacier models feature front-wheel drive, the top of the range Inferno boasts all-wheel drive and the brand’s revolutionary All Road Drive Intelligent System (ARDIS).

ARDIS: Redefining Off-Road Capability

According to Jaecoo, with seven driving modes, ARDIS dynamically adjusts the vehicle’s responses, ensuring optimal performance across various terrains. Combined with a 21° approach angle, a 29° departure angle, 200 mm of ground clearance, and 600 mm of wading depth, the J7 offers confidence in any driving scenario.

Generous Specifications Across the Range

Despite its competitive pricing, the Jaecoo J7 lineup offers generous standard features across all variants. The entry-level Vortex comes equipped with power-adjustable front seats, an electric tailgate, a 13.2-inch touchscreen, a 360° panoramic camera system, and wireless smartphone charging, to name a few. The mid-spec Glacier model adds 19-inch alloys, a 14.8-inch touchscreen, heated and ventilated front seats, a heads-up display, and an array of driver-assistance technologies. Meanwhile, the flagship Inferno further enhances the driving experience with the ARDIS system, a heated steering wheel, and privacy glass.

A New Trend in Urban Off-Roading

Shannon Gahagan, national brand and marketing manager for Omoda and Jaecoo South Africa, predicts that the J7 will ignite a new trend in urban off-roading among local buyers. With its unique blend of ruggedness, comfort, and advanced technology, the J7 offers outdoor enthusiasts a compelling alternative to traditional SUVs.

“The Jaecoo J7 offers outdoor-loving customers something entirely new: far more toughness than a typical urban SUV but also more comfort and technology than traditional off-roaders. Add lofty levels of standard specification, a potent powertrain and highly competitive pricing, and you can see why we believe the J7 will take the local market by storm,” said Gahagan.

Commitment to Sustainability

Environmental protection is a key pillar of Jaecoo’s brand vision. Liu highlights the brand’s commitment to creating a more environmentally friendly off-road experience, partnering with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to promote sustainability.

Pricing and Warranty

  • JAECOO J7 1.6T Vortex FWD 7DCT – R549 900
  • JAECOO J7 1.6T Glacier FWD 7DCT – R599 900
  • JAECOO J7 1.6T Inferno AWD 7DCT – R679 900

All Jaecoo J7 models come standard with a 5-year/70 000 km service plan, a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty, and an industry-leading 10-year/1-million km engine warranty.


The launch of the Jaecoo J7 in South Africa marks a significant milestone for the urban off-road SUV segment. With its innovative design, advanced technology, and competitive pricing, the J7 is poised to captivate local consumers and redefine their expectations of what an SUV can be. As Jaecoo continues to expand its presence across South Africa, the brand’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and customer satisfaction sets a new benchmark for the industry.

Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.

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