The holidays are just around the corner, and JAC Motors Philippines is set to bring an all-new crossover for the most wonderful time of the year.
That upcoming car is the 2020 S4, and it is scheduled to be launched this Christmas. Designed in Turin, Italy and built with the philosophy of 4T (Elegant, Turbo, Safety and Intelligence), the 2020 S4 is a stylish and practical compact crossover that is also packed with features, and will not break the bank.
Featuring a new design language, the JAC S4 looks unlike anything the company has ever designed. A new-style front grill with a huge chrome trim, along with sweptback LED headlights give the S4 its distinct look. It also has a sleek pair of foglights which further highlight the crossover’s sporty aesthetics. Wraparound LED taillights, a tailgate centerpiece finished in chrome, floating roofline design, black body cladding, as well as 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45/R18 tires enhance the S4’s appearance.
Open the doors and the S4 greets its occupants with fine leather upholstery, a soft-padded instrument dash panel, and a uniquely-designed center console and dashboard. A touch control panel manages the car’s automatic climate control and features a crisp display. Keen-eyed viewers will also get to see the contrast stitching that is present in both the door trim and seats themselves.
A huge 10-inch touchscreen infotainment makes its home at the center of the S4’s dashboard. Powered by JAC’s in-house QNX system, the software is capable of supporting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features such as Bluetooth and USB connectivity are expected to be available as well. Looking for space? With the rear seats up, the S4 is capable of holding 520 liters worth of luggage. Fold those down and the crossover is capable of carrying 1,050 liters worth of cargo.
Under the hood, the S4 is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. It puts out 147 PS along with 210 Nm of torque. Power is then shifted to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Prefer a non-turbo engine under the hood? A 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated engine may be offered as well although there appears to be no final word yet if that will be available.
A plethora of active safety systems and driver aids could also be fitted on the upcoming S4. Some of these features may include: blind spot assist, lane change assist with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, a 360-degree around-view camera system, and rear cross traffic alert.
No official pricing has been released yet by JAC. However, the top-of-the-line model will supposedly be priced at around Php 1.05 million to Php 1.1 million. This could mean that the entry-level variant could begin at Php 900,000 or a bit more. As far as compact crossovers are concerned, the upcoming JAC S4 could be one of the most affordable in the segment.