The LDV T60 is the Chinese company’s first entrant into the booming commercial ute segment, and initial details of what’s to come for Australian versions have been revealed this week.
The company has also confirmed it is now targeting a September launch for Australia, around a month earlier than previously expected.
Speaking with CarAdvice in China this week, Edward Rowe, communications manager for LDV’s local distributor Ateco Automotive, confirmed the T60 will be offered in two trim levels. The first will be a more basic version aimed at workhorse commercial use, while the second is a fully-specified variant geared towards families and lifestyle customers.
While pricing is yet to be revealed, all versions of the T60 will be offered with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, developing 110kW of power and 360Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic depending on trim level and drivetrain.
Two- and four-wheel drive versions will be offered, with the latter including a low-range mode for more serious off-road use.
A choice of three body styles will be available as well – single cab, double cab and cab chassis – while a larger mega cab could be on the cards somewhere down the track.
Equipment highlights will include LED headlights with integrated LED daytime-running lights, a 360-degree camera system and lane departure warning depending on model.
On the safety front, the T60 will feature six airbags – including curtain inflators that extend to the second row where applicable – and the usual suite of safety aids like stability control, traction control, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Chinese-market versions will also feature a large 10.0-inch central infotainment display (shown above) with features like satellite navigation. It’s unclear at this stage if Australia will get a similar system.
Though pricing is yet to be announced, Rowe assured the T60 “will be priced competitively” against its rivals, which includes the ever-popular Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, along with the Volkswagen Amarok, Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara.
Stay tuned for an update in the lead-up to the LDV T60’s local launch in September.