Replacing the model which has been on sale here since 2014, the latest LDV T60 Max from Chinese manufacturer SAIC boasts 160kW and 500Nm of torque from its 2.0 litre bi-turbo engine.
The engine features electronically controlled, high-pressure common rail technology from Bosch to make it one of the most powerful diesel engines in its class.
Local distributor ATECO makes it no secret that it intends to take head-on the 4×4 dual cab ute class leaders Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, with more power at significantly lower price points.
The LDV T60 is available with a six-speed manual or 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The T60 Max also comes with an Intelligent Real-Time Torque on Demand system from BorgWarner which takes the guesswork out of road conditions by delivering maximum traction automatically.
There are two different specifications of suspension tunes with ‘heavy duty’ for the Pro and ‘comfort’ for the Luxe model and both have been specifically calibrated for Australian conditions.
The next generation T60 Max has a strong suite of passive and active safety measures and has achieved a coveted ANCAP 5-star safety rating.
Safety features include six airbags (driver and front passenger, side airbags, and full-length curtain bags), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Hill Descent Control for greater stability on steep slopes.
The cabin has been refreshed and now boasts a new 10.25 inch central touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth smart phone connectivity.
The contemporary large front grille provides a tough and aggressive stance, while the muscular wheel arches frame alloy wheels. The ute section has four tie-down anchors and a spray-in tub liner.
Payload for the Pro is 935kg (750kg for the Luxe) while both variants are rated up to 3.0 tonnes max braked towing.
All LDV T60s come with a 5-years / 130,000km warranty and Roadside Assistance.