Future Models - LDV 2017 T60
Guangzhou show: LDV premieres T60 pick-up
Incoming: The LDV T60 pick-up will arrive in Australia in the second half of next year.
LDV to enter competitive ute market in second half 2017 with multiple-variant T60
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21 November 2016
LDV has revealed its new T60 pick-up at the Guangzhou motor show, with the
Chinese one-tonner to be offered in a number of different specifications when
it arrives in Australia in the second half of 2017.
Looking to get a slice of the lucrative Australian-ute sales pie, LDV will
offer the T60 with a combination of single cab, double cab and extended double
cab body styles in two- and four-wheel-drive with two suspension heights,
petrol or diesel engines, and manual and automatic transmissions with a
low-range gearbox for 4x4 variants.
Built on an all-new platform, it will also be offered with three different
drive modes – eco, normal and power.
Full specifications will be announced closer to its release date, and at launch
there will be two diesel and one petrol variant, however it is not yet known
what engines will be used.
LDV’s G10 van was recently updated to include a diesel variant – a 1.9-litre
turbo-diesel four-cylinder ute that produces 107kW of power at 4000rpm and
350Nm of torque from 1800-2600rpm.
The press photos from Guangzhou also show the engine bay of the double-cab
variant, which has what looks to be a 2.8-litre petrol ‘VGT’ engine, which will
be coming to Australia.
The G10 also has two petrol variants – a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated four
cylinder sourced from Mitsubishi that makes 104kW/200Nm that could serve as a
powerplant for an entry-level single-cab ute, while the higher-spec variant has
a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with a beefier 165kW/330Nm.
At launch, the diesel will come with a six-speed manual or automatic
transmission, while the petrol will be offered with either a five- or six-speed
LDV hopes that when it arrives, the T60 will achieve a five-star ANCAP safety
rating, due to the inclusion of particular safety technology such as six
airbags, double pretensioning seatbelts, parking sensors, rear-view camera,
360-degree surround view cameras, a fatigue driving alarm and other chassis
electronic safety systems.
To attract potential customers, the T60 will also come with a ten-year rust
warranty due to galvanisation, advanced wax injection and new paint processes
of the chassis and bodywork.
While most Chinese utes on sale in Australia are marketed as bargain offerings,
photos from Guangzhou suggest the T60 could be a step up from budget rivals
such as the Foton Tunland and Great Wall V240.
The example on show comes with alloy wheels, side steps, roof rails, sports
bars, skid plate, tow hooks and LED running lights, while the interior shows
leather seats with red stitching and a sizeable infotainment screen inlaid into
the centre console.
If the T60 is priced as a premium ute it will have to contend with sales giants
like the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, as well as other contenders such as the
Nissan Navara, Mazda BT-50, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton, Volkswagen
Amarok and Isuzu D-Max.
However Ateco Automotive media and public relations consultant Edward Rowe said
that, like other LDV offerings, price would be on of the main selling points.
“It will, as with the existing LDV range, be a real value-for-money proposition
with features, equipment and performance meeting its rivals,” he said.
LDV owners Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) have high hopes for
the T60, which they anticipate will help lift sales of the brand from 1600 this
year to more than 5000 once the full range is available.
One issue LDV will have to work out is how to supply the new T60 to the rural
market, which is expected to make up a reasonable proportion of sales to be
used as farm vehicles and workhorses.
Currently, LDV only has dealer networks in urban areas, but Mr Rowe said the
dealer network would expand over the next 12 months to help facilitate sales of
“At the moment the LDV dealer group is biased towards urban Australia because
that is where the majority of van sales occur,” he said.
“During the next 12 months there will be growth in the LDV dealer group, driven
initially by the increasing van sales driven by the arrival of the diesel
versions of the LDV G10 and then by the arrival of the T60.
“So it will be an increase in both the spread of the dealers and their number.”
A large SUV is also expected to be built on the same all-new platform as the
T60, probably arriving in Australia by 2018 and based on the D90 concept shown
earlier this year.