Carrying Plus expands the range

JMC has moved up a weight division with the addition of a 4-tonne version of the Carrying – called the Plus – to the range. With a price of under R300 000 in dropside configuration including the security of a 3-year/90 000 km service plan and a 5-year/150 000 km warranty, the newcomer is poised to add a much-needed element of affordability to the class.

Key updates

  • Enlarged, safer cab
  • Efficient aerodynamics
  • Available in dropside, tipper and box van configurations
  • Two wheelbase options – 2 800mm and 3 360mm
  • Two cabin widths – 1 880mm and 2 050mm

Design

Longer, larger and safer than the Carrying, the Carrying Plus sits on a 2 800 mm or 3 360mm wheelbase and has a dual-tyre rear axle, enabling it to comfortably manage a four-tonne payload. Two cabin widths are available: the standard 1 880mm version or 2 050mm.

With a forward-control layout the cabin is nonetheless designed to be aerodynamic and safe. Large, elegant headlights are stacked alongside the grille, above which there’s a wide, curved windscreen, giving the driver excellent forward visibility. The same approach has been taken with the side glass: the windowline slants dramatically downward to ensure front three-quarter and side visibility. Large exterior mirrors stand wide of the cab, maximising rear visibility.

Testing mileage exceeded two million kilometres, in every conceivable condition, to ensure that all possible scenarios have been investigated. Mechanical downtime is the thief of productivity in the commercial vehicle market and with this in mind the engineers at JMC have worked closely with top automotive suppliers to ensure the Carrying Plus is rugged and reliable.

Features & Comfort

The needs of the driver and up to two passengers has been high on the priority list: features such as power steering with height adjustment, and – on Lux versions – air conditioning and electric windows, all help to minimise human downtime.

Well-padded, ergonomically-designed seats (from Lear Corporation) ensure that driver fatigue will not be an issue while hard-wearing materials and quality plastics are designed with long life in mind.

Standard features include a radio, reverse warning alarm, front foglamps, dual sunvisors and generous cabin oddment space.

All this in a cabin now with additional high-strength steel in key places to increase rigidity and enhance not only safety but improve refinement.

Drivetrain

Powered by a proven Isuzu-derived 2,8-litre turbodiesel mustering 84kW and 210Nm, the all-new JMC Carrying Plus is primarily designed with long days and short nights in mind: an 83-litre fuel tank maximises operating range.

A heavy-duty braking system includes ABS and an exhaust brake and drive is to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox and 16-inch wheels are fitted, with heavy duty tyres. It is obvious the Plus is a real workaholic.

Configurations & payload

The Carrying Plus has a tare weight of 2 480 kilograms and has a gross vehicle mass of 6 500 for a payload of 4 020 kilograms thanks to the dual tyre rear axle. It can be ordered in three configurations: dropside, box van or tipper and all are built in Nanchang, China

When fitted with a dropside body the extended wheelbase (3 360mm) Carrying Plus boasts a cargo area of 4 155mm by 1 940mm, with a depth of 380mm. The latter number increases to or 2 050mm in wide-cabin guise. With a box body, dimensions are 4 080mm by 1 910mm/2 050mm (normal and wide-body respectively) and a height of 1 930 or 2 050mm.

Conclusion

Partnering with global suppliers has results in a rugged and reliable vehicle which can handle tough operating conditions without complaint. Because these suppliers are household brands in the motor industry, it also means parts are both affordable and readily available from JMC’s network of 25 service outlets.

The Carrying Plus moves the brand into a new area of the commercial vehicle market. With solid foundations already set by its smaller siblings, Jiangling Motors Corporation South Africa is ready to change up a gear.

The new Carrying Plus has a 4-tonne capacity and expands JMC’s commercial vehicle range into new territory