JAC introduced to the market its first mini SUV on August 27. It can be easily driven that makes it popular among the younger demographics. It came from JAC’s latest passenger car platform. The S3 goes well with the demands and needs of the younger generation.
It went through a facelift in 2016 and was introduced to the market during the Chengdu Auto Show. The S3 had a new look: redesigned grilles, new headlights, triangular fog lights, rear lights, bumpers and upgraded interior. It also showcases JAC’s logo.
When the JAC S3 is seen at first glance, one can say that it is a combination of the Ford EcoSport and the Hyundai Tucson. But if you see the vehicle in detail, you can see the difference and its uniqueness. An example is the headlamps. Even without the LED headlamps, the S3 can light up the road. It is covered in chrome which sets it apart from its rivals. One irresistible thing about the S3 is the daytime running lights and the unique rims. This is something to look forward to in an S3. The rear claddings and the chrome strips may be disregarded because of the mentioned running lights and rims.
When it comes to the interior of a JAC S3, you can say that you got a mixture of this and that. The dashboard, door cushions and seats are made of quality leather with red stitches that gives it a sporty look. Hard plastic is used for the cubby holes and cup holders near the gear shifter. The driver’s seat offers comfort while driving. This is possible even in the absence of a telescopic steering wheel adjustment. Passengers at the back can enjoy air conditioning through a vent. A USB charging port is provided behind the middle console and door pockets are available. A foldable armrest in the center comes with cup holders. Legroom and headroom are enough for average sized individuals. The trunk space is big enough and still can increase in size by folding the seats and taking out the trunk cover. Taking it out is easy as well.
Technology & Safety Features
When it comes to features, the S3 can be considered as ahead of its competitors. Automatic headlights, power windows, speed-sensing door locks and cornering lights are available. The infotainment system provides a clear display and uses bright colors. For those with iPhones can play their favorite music through iPod connectivity. Phone calls are clear even when speakers are used. The air conditioning of the S3 is a strong trait. It provides cool air fast even during warm weather. For safety, the S3 has a parking camera that has a clear display which is good for night use. A proximity sensor will keep the vehicle from scratches. The JAC S3 has above average safety features under the subcompact crossover category. It has air bags, ISOFIX child seat tethers and ABS with EBD. It also has hydraulic assist and stability control. Tire pressure monitors can be viewed through the infotainment system.
Platform & Chassis
For the platform and chassis of a JAC S3, it has a chassis of an SUV with 5 doors. It is a 5-seat, manual transmission type with 118 hp. Its ground clearance is 155 mm with a driver airbag. For its suspension, it has a MacPherson strut for the front and Torsion beam for the rear suspension. For the wheels, it uses alloy wheels of 16 inches. Its tire size is 205/55 R16, with radial tire type and wheel size of R16. Its steering type is electric powered with a tilt and telescopic steering column. It has a rack and pinion steering gear type. It has a turning radius of 5.5 m and it has an adjustable steering column.
There are two variants of the S3; the MT and the CVT. The two variants have their own differences like the engine size. For the MT it is 1.5L and the CVT is 1.6L and for the displacement, the MT has a 1,590 cc and the CVT has a 1,499 cc.
Engine & Drivetrain
For the engine and drivetrain of a JAC S3, it is powered with a 1.6-liter engine that has a max output of 116 hp at 6,000 rpm and a max torque of 155 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It has a top speed of 180 km/h. It is a two-wheel-drive drivetrain with manual transmission and 5 gears.