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JMC Boarding Motoring Review

In 2010 Chinese brand JMC launched an Isuzu-lookalike bakkie range called the BD.  Recently the BD has been renamed to Boarding and re-launched in South Africa.  Within the Boarding range there are three single-cab models ranging from Standard to Luxury trim levels, and two double-cabs, each with luxury fittings.  All newer models sport a minor facelift to the exterior of the bakkie, giving it a more up-to-date look and feel.

On the outside the Boarding resembles its close cousin, the Isuzu bakkie.  Both single and double cabin offerings come with either two or four-wheel drivetrains, depending on the 'package' selected by the customer.  The Boarding has a gross vehicle weight of 2566 kg with outside dimensions of (LxWxH) 5005x1690x1645 (single cab) and 5110x1690x1710 (double cab).  It has a load carrying capacity of 1106 litres.  Mag wheels come as standard with tubeless tyres 251/70R15C (single cab) and 235/75R15C (double cab).  The seat capacity for the Boarding single cabin is 2 occupants and for the Boarding double cabin it is 5.  Buy a car like this and you can also choose other optional equipment like: chromed door handles, wide tyre and aluminium wheels P235/75 R15, a styled front bumper, side steps and one or two-tone metallic paint finishes -  all of which will be added to the final cost of your vehicle.

On the inside you will find a hardy and robust interior, mainly in black cloth with leather being available in the luxury models.  Power steering, electric windows and a 1 disk CD player come as standard in both single and double cab options.  Air conditioning, remote control central locking, an adjustable steering column, rear bumper and load body rubberising are all available in the deluxe versions.  This work-horse has been designed to last and the interior is unpretentious and serves its purpose rather adequately.   

The Boarding single and double cabs both have a 2.8-litre turbo diesel in line 4 cylinder engine.  Maximum output is at 84kW at 3600 rpm with a maximum torque of 235Nm at 2300 rpm.  There is a five-speed mechanical transmission and, with these specifications fitted, the Boarding can achieve a maximum speed of around 140 Km/h.

Earmarked specifically towards the market that caters for a basic, no nonsense workhorse, the safety features on these vehicles are not rated very high with a noted absence of features such as airbags and ABS.

If you're looking at buying a vehicle that is tough and reliable, newcomer JMC Boarding may be just the car for you.  JMC now offers a standard three-year or 100 000km warranty, with service plans offered as optional extras.  In terms of pricing the three single-cab models vary in price from an affordable R139 880 to R179 880, and the two double-cabs, each with luxury fittings are priced from R169 880 or R189 880 depending on your choice of drive train and any other optional extras you may choose. Consult your dealer for final pricing and options.

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