China’s LDV T60 has finally received an engine upgrade. For now, it’s exclusive to the top-of-the-range model but the rest of the line-up will eventually get a power boost.
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The LDV T60 Trailrider ute has been given a modest power boost with an all-new turbo diesel engine that will eventually be introduced across the rest of the Chinese pick-up range.

The 2.0-litre single turbo diesel four-cylinder (120kW/375Nm) that has been designed in-house replaces the 2.8-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder (110kW/360Nm) that shared its DNA with Italy’s VM Motori.

Towing capacity remains 3000kg; most rivals have 3500kg towing capability.

While the arrival of the new single turbo 2.0-litre diesel engine is a step in the right direction for the LDV T60 ute, it still leaves the popular workhorse with a power deficit versus its dearer rivals.

It is unclear at this stage whether the twin turbo version of the all-new 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine recently fitted to the LDV D90 SUV will eventually make its way to the LDV T60 ute.

The twin turbo version – with an output of 160kW and 480Nm – would at least put the LDV T60 on a more even footing with its mainstream ute rivals.

In the meantime, LDV has used the arrival of the new single turbo 2.0-litre diesel to launch a second iteration of its flagship T60 Trailrider model.

Priced from $37,990 drive-away for a six-speed manual or $39,990 drive-away for a six-speed auto, the new LDV T60 Trailrider 2 gets some minor cosmetic revisions compared to its predecessor.

There’s a redesigned sports bar on the ute tub (which continues to come with a locally-fitted roller shutter cover and spray-on bed liner), and the Trailrider stickers have been removed from the doors, though the name still appears in bold on the tailgate.

As before, a front nudge bar, 19-inch alloy wheels, Continental road tyres, leather seats, Apple Car Play, and one of the biggest infotainment touchscreens in the ute class are standard.

The spare wheel is a 17-inch rim and tyre rather than a matching 19-inch replacement.

The LDV T60 Trailrider 2 retains six airbags and its five-star safety rating from 2017.

Standard safety tech includes blind spot monitoring, 360-degree and rear-view camera, lane departure warning, and tyre pressure monitoring.

The LDV T60 Trailrider 2 is covered by a five year/130,000km warranty and comes with 24-hour roadside assistance.

Service intervals are 12 months/15,000km, whichever comes first. Capped price servicing is not yet available.

In a media statement, the boss of LDV Australia, Dinesh Chinnappa said: “We continue to develop our product offering throughout our fast-growing range, so we’re delighted to announce the arrival of the next-generation Trailrider.

“With the addition of the lighter and more efficient 120kW diesel engine, Trailrider 2 is a formidable ute, as comfortable on the worksite during the week as it is towing jet skis at the weekend.”