Roger Zagorski, managing director of Ateco Automotive - the company that distributes LDV models in Australia - said at the unveiling of the 2018 LDV T60 ute that the company is on track to introduce the all-new LDV D90 SUV in November.
The large SUV will be offered in 2WD and 4WD and will feature seven seats and plenty of safety equipment to compete with better-known off-road capable models in the segment, but Zagorski said that petrol is the only version that'll be offered when the D90 hits showrooms soon.
"Yes," Zagorski said when asked if a diesel version will be offered. "No," he said when asked if it would happen at launch.
Instead, the LDV D90 will be offered with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 165kW/360Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine at launch.
"Petrol only at launch, and that covers about 48 to 50 per cent of the segment, so not a small percentage," Zagorski said. "But there is a high-performance, in-house-developed turbo diesel engine coming, and it will be about roughly 18 months after launch."
That won't be the same 2.8-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with 110kW of power and 360Nm of torque that is set to be found in the LDV T60 ute. As we've previously reported, the company is working on a new-generation diesel engine, one that will presumably be more focused on efficiency and, we hope, offer more performance.
Buyers can expect the diesel model to be offered with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and it is likely the diesel version will be offered in 2WD and 4WD versions.