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LDV introduces T60 Max Plus halo ute

More kit, improved safety and multi-link rear suspension for LDV’s top T60 one-tonner

6 May 2024

RED HOT competition in the dual-cab 4x4 one-tonne ute segment is about to become even hotter with incoming models soon or on the radar and Chinese manufacturer LDV has responded with a new, three-variant halo version of its popular T60 called the Max Plus priced from $45,990 drive-away for ABN holders. 


The eight-speed automatic version adds $2000 (which also includes a suite of safety and connectivity tech) while the Mega Tub auto is $49,490 (both also drive-away for ABN holders). 


Described as a “lifecycle revision” the Max Plus trumps LDV’s current range-topping T60 Max Luxe that is priced from $45,779 drive-away but currently lacks the significant changes ushered in for the new variant. 


Competitors include the SsangYong Musso Ultimate XLV at $49,500 drive-away, the JAC T9 auto at $45,630 (excluding on-road costs), and the GWM Cannon XSR at $52,900 drive-away.  


As the new T60 halo model, the Max Plus interior has gone down the widescreen path with a new 12.3-inch central touchscreen integrated with a digital driver instrument cluster of the same size, combining to span more than half the dash. 


Gear selection is now by a space-saving column shifter while at the back is a lockable tailgate and outside are heated, power-folding side mirrors. 


Electric power steering and an electric park brake are also introduced along with the surprising introduction of a new multi-link rear suspension layout with coil springs possibly underlining the model’s recreational vehicle intent. 


Even more important is a driver assist and active safety tech upgrade on automatic variants of the Max Plus that finally brings the T60 nameplate much-needed autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control (both work from 8km/h) plus lane-keep assist (kicks in from 60km/h). 


Opting for the automatic transmission also nets wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 


Though slightly tweaked in this instance, motive power remains LDV’s 2.0-litre, four cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine used in other T60 models delivering 160kW at 4000rpm and 500Nm from 1500rpm. 


According to LDV, the engine’s small block design and electronically controlled, high-pressure common rail technology from Bosch make it one of the most powerful diesel engines in its class. 


The Max Plus benefits from remapped engine software to provide a more linear power delivery which is transmitted via a six-speed manual or an eight-speed ZF auto.  


Its auto transmission maps and learns driving characteristics to ensure it is in the correct gear for a given circumstance. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is a claimed 9.3L/100km for the manual and 8.9L/100km for the auto. 


An on-demand 4x4 system and automatic rear differential lock are both from Borg Warner and the driver can also manually select high-speed 4x2, high-speed 4x4 and low-speed 4x4 modes. 


The Max Plus sees the implementation of new visual cues aimed at enhancing its tough appearance focusing on a black gloss finish to: grille, door handles, door mirror covers, side trim and rear bumper – all of which says LDV “deliver greater on-road presence than before”. 


Behind the now-lockable tailgate is a spray-in tub liner for load bed protection while four tie-down points help to secure loads. 


The model’s increased payload for the manual is 840kg and 830kg for the automatic, with the Mega Tub Plus topping out at 800kg. All have a maximum braked towing capacity of 3000kg. 


“The Aussie ute market is a key battleground for OEMs as the vehicles have to be truly multi-purpose, bridging the gap between work necessity and lifestyle choice,” said LDV Australia general manager Dinesh Chinnappa. 


“We’ve listened to feedback from the market and worked closely with our colleagues in China to ensure the T60 range remains competitive. T60 Max Plus is a new model that has key technical, specification and safety updates to complement its position as one of the most powerful four-cylinder utes you can buy.” 


All LDV T60s come with a seven-year/200,000km (whichever occurs first) warranty and five-year/unlimited-kilometre roadside assist cover. 



2024 LDV T60 Max Plus pricing*: 


T60 Max Plus 


T60 Max Plus (a) 


T60 Max Plus Mega Tub (a) 



*drive-away for ABN holders

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