Jiangling Motors Company South Africa has launched the latest Vigus double cab – the Vigus 5.
The Vigus bakkie line was Introduced locally in 2014 and has gone on to become JMCSA’s best-seller. The latest version is expected to build on the solid foundations of its predecessor where rugged design and purchase/ownership affordability has positioned it clearly in the mind of the buyer who requires a double cab that’s mantra was - and remains - “no nonsense”.
Vigus 5 nevertheless encompasses many improvements while calling on a legacy extending beyond 50 years when it comes to vehicle manufacture.
It retains a body-on-frame construction with the chassis comprising no less than eight lateral braces. This results in a stiff, flex-free platform: this rigidity has handling and safety benefits. Independent, double wishbones with coil spring front suspension and a solid rear axle suspended on leaf springs complements an all-disc high-performance stopping system with ABS and EBD.
Confirming that this Vigus isn’t shy when it comes to hard labour is a pair of burly and generously-proportioned exterior tie-downs each side and an additional two on the inside – the load is going to stay where intended. The Vigus can carry a load of up to 815 kilograms.
The bold grille is a standout feature of the striking styling, while smooth, flowing flanks ensuring the Vigus cuts easily through the air. The windscreen is steeply raked contributing to the efficient aerodynamics. Even the cab protector is neatly integrated to give the transition from cab to ‘bak’ a smooth and integrated look. Wraparound tail lights incorporate foglamps and the tailgate is opened with a sturdy central latch.
Key numbers are a 5.38 metre overall length and a wheelbase of just under 3.1 metres. The bak is a generous 1.475 metre square, with a 500mm depth. All versions are shod with 265/70 rubber on 16-inch alloys, 4x4 versions identified by side steps.
A willing yet refined four-cylinder 2.4-litre turbodiesel is the default engine choice and with 103 kW and 310Nm there’ll be no waiting around. This Puma engine – uprated in this guise - is the result of JMC’s successful collaboration with Ford. It is an outstanding powerplant for this kind of commercial application and the Puma is renowned for its long and trouble-free service life, along with low service costs.