The pickup truck segment in Malaysia today officially welcomed a new brand and model in the form of Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd’s all-new JMC Vigus Pro 4×4.
Priced at RM98,888, the JMC Vigus Pro is powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre turbocharged Puma diesel engine with a high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system, variable geometry turbocharger, intercooler and EGR cooler bypass valve, producing 141 PS at 3,600rpm and 340 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 2,600 rpm.
The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox by ZF, which is operated through an electronic gear selector with manual shift mode function.
Capable of carrying a maximum load of 850 kg, the JMC Vigus Pro’s claimed fuel consumption stands at 7.8L/100km (UNECE R101 testing).
While the front suspension is a fully-independent double-wishbone type with reinforced stabiliser bar, the rear rests on leaf springs.
Off-road performance of the Vigus Pro is governed by a 4WD system developed by BorgWarner. Users can switch between 2WD, 4WD and low-range 4WD modes via a rotary dial to cater to changing surface conditions. The rear axle is also fitted with an Eaton limited-slip differential lock.
The JMC Vigus Pro is also equipped with Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, and an Electronic Stability Program with Traction Control as standard.
Design of the JMC Vigus Pro
On the exterior, the face of the Vigus Pro comprises a large hexagonal grille with chrome inserts, slim headlamps with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a lower bumper guard.
The aggressive theme continues on the sides with flared overfenders in body colour, while a a prominent character line runs from the front door through to the 3D tail-lamps.
The Vigus Pro is also fitted with a sports bar with an integrated high-mount third brake lamp, side steps, auto-folding wing mirrors with LED indicators, and two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, there is a multi-functional steering with controls for the infotainment system, cruise control, and voice calls via Bluetooth connection. The steering wheel also comes with paddle shifters.
One of the main highlights of the cabin of the Vigus Pro is the electronic gearshift selector located on the centre console.
Infotainment is taken care by an 8-inch colour touch-screen which comes with Bluetooth connectivity, MP5 video playback, and reverse camera.
Other amenities that come standard on the Vigus Pro include powered side mirrors and windows folding via the remote control and also heating function on the side mirrors.
How’s the warranty for the JMC Vigus Pro?
The JMC Vigus Pro is available in only one variant at the moment with four colours to choose from – Steady Brown, Solid White, Brilliant Silver and Glossy Black. Every vehicle comes with a 3-year/100,000km warranty, whichever comes first.
Aiming to sell 350 units this year, Angka-Tan Motor already sold 30 units of the JMC Vigus Pro 4×4 to Mayflower Car Rental Sdn Bhd, who became ATM’s pilot fleet customer with the initial order of the new pickup truck.
The JMC Vigus Pro is locally assembled at the modern Tan Chong Motor plant located in Serendah, Selangor and is now available for viewing and test drive across 13 ATM dealerships across the nation with a complementing network of 13 aftersales services workshops.
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