LOTS of Aussies love their utes, and lets face it, they love their SUV’s too. The monthly sales figures, month in and month out, reflect the popularity of these vehicles across the nation for new car buyers and the second hand market alike.
But there’s about to be another player in that space, a Chinese van manufacturer whose vans and people movers are growing rapidly in popularity, is set to launch its own range of utes and SUV’s onto the Australian market.
LDV has confirmed that it’s new ute, the LDV T60, will launch here at the beginning of October, with its first SUV, the D90, hitting our shores in mid-November, transforming LDV’s position in Australia from an all-van brand to one with benchmark models in the key ute and SUV market sectors.
The T60 ute will hit the market with a 110 kW 2.8 litre Turbo Diesel engine. At 5.3 metres long and 1.9 metres wide, the LDV T60 will sit right in the middle of the sector in terms of size and performance, but when it comes to equipment, features and pricing, the T60 will continue the LDV market position of value for money and above average equipment, trim and features.
The model line-up will expand following the launch to include a range of turbo diesel powered 4WD dual cabs with both manual and automatic transmissions, as well as 2WD and 4WD cab chassis with manual transmissions. There will be two trim and equipment levels to ensure coverage of the market from working business vehicles to recreational and family transport.
Full details of the Australian D90 SUV range will be made closer to its November 15 launch.
LDV is a division of SAIC, the 46th largest company in the world and, with more than seven million vehicles set to be produced in 2017, the largest vehicle maker in China, the world’s largest car market.