LDV’S AUSSIE EXPANSION

BUDGET-PRICED T60 AND D90 SET FOR AUSTRALIAN LAUNCH.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

CHINESE vehicle manufacturer LDV has confirmed its T60 ute and D90 SUV will touch down in Australia for debut later this year.

The T60 ute, first seen at the 2016 Guangzhou International Motor Show, will be available in singleand double-cab configurations. There will also be two- and four-wheel drive variants, manual and automatic versions, as well as two trim and equipment levels.

Details are vague, but what is known is the T60 will be powered by a 110kW 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, while measuring 5300mm long and 1900mm wide.

LDV Australia has big expectations for its all-new ute.

“In preparation for the arrival of the T60 we are opening new dealers in country areas and enlarging our urban representation,” explained Dinesh Chinnappa, General

Manager of LDV Australia. “There is little doubt that from day one, the T60 will be LDV’s best-selling model in Australia.”

The D90 SUV is LDV’s first move into the ever-strengthening SUV market, and the vehicle is currently in its final stages of testing and calibration on local soil to ensure it will meet Australia’s harsh conditions.

The seven-seat D90’s full global launch will be held in September this year, with a 165kW/360Nm petrol four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged engine expected to be the only engine available – until a new diesel engine (currently under development) is ready.

LDV vehicles come with a three-year 100,000km warranty, with 24-hour roadside assistance.

Pricing is yet to be released, but the vehicles are expected to be at the budget end of both markets.