Of China LDV Strong but ready after these last few years with your budget. T60 Dual Cab ute – Nearly 25,000 buyer searches since September 2017.
Along with lowering the Mitsubishi Triton, T60 max A 10-year-old Toyota Hilux offers a new-car smell and a new-car warranty for the price of none – using today’s inflated used car market as a basis of comparison.
The 2023 updates are hardly earth-shattering compared to the T60 Max model that debuted in November 2021, but a few things are worth noting: price hikes, a longer warranty, a sportier-looking Lux grade, and For example some tub updates. .
We recently attended an LDV event to drive the diesel T60 Max as well as a trio of new electric vehicles – the eT60 EV ute, eDeliver 9 van, and MIFA 9 people mover.
However, our drive experience was fairly brief as these launch events are frequent, meaning this review will cover the key specs and some quick performance observations.
However, below is a detailed performance video of our MY22 T60 Max which is mechanically identical and will give you the right guidance.
Prices have risen to $4000 for ABN holders and $4210 for private buyers.
2023 LDV T60 Max Pricing:
- LDV T60 Max Pro Manual: $41,042 ($38,990 with ABN)
- LDV T60 Max Pro Auto: $43,148 ($40,990 with ABN)
- LDV T60 Max Luxe manual: $45,779 ($43,490 with ABN)
- LDV T60 Max Luxe auto: $47,884 ($45,490 with ABN)
All prices are drive away.
You should try to pay the ABN price regardless. LDV Australia believes the Pro Auto will be the best-selling variant, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.
It’s not the most comfortable driving position given the absence of telescopic steering wheel adjustment, but the original wheel design and use of leather trim make for an upgrade.
Some of the plastics used on the dash, stalks, switches and lower door and tunnel sections feel cheap. Sure, you might rightly say ‘what did you expect?’, but I will note that both the budget GWM Ute and SsangYong Musso feel more premium inside.
The 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system looks sharp and offers acceptable graphics, though its processing power is only average.
Instead of sat-nav you’ve got wired full-screen Apple CarPlay (Android users will need to mount their device for maps), and a fairly handy digital toolbar lower menu for accessing home settings.
The 360-degree camera system on the Luxe isn’t state-of-the-art in terms of resolution, but it’s a handy feature nonetheless. I made a few phone calls and while the recipients said I didn’t sound perfect, the conversation flowed seamlessly over Bluetooth.
Climate control is adjusted by pressing the glossy plastic below the touchscreen, without haptic feedback, which acknowledges adjustments on the touchscreen. Please give me the dial and the button.
There is a series of buttons along the center tunnel ahead of the shifter, to control the lane-keeping chime, downhill assist control, ESP, diesel particulate filter (DPF) and driving modes.
LDV has to its credit moved the indicator stalk to the right of the column, something not all vehicles previously produced for left-hand drive markets can claim. To be honest, this issue isn’t one that bothers me too much, but I know it’s a real gripe for some people.
The rear seats – a key buying factor driving this body style into the market – are quite good. I’m 194cm, so my driver’s seat was pushed back, and I still found headroom and legroom in the rear more than adequate for my needs.
Rear occupants also get a center armrest with cup holders, a rear 12V, reading lights, handles, and rear air vents. If you’re heading to the corner to smoke or go camping, some big blokes will happily sit there.
Tub measurements 1510 mm wide by the 530 mm deep by the 1485 mm long. There is. 1131 mm of room between wheel housings. There are four tie-downs, a great spray-in liner that’s better than a drop-in, and a new assisted or damped tailgate.
From a usability standpoint, give me the T60 Max Pro’s Sports Bar over the Luxe’s mildly trying plane.
There are no changes compared to last year’s model.
It means a 2.0 liter bi-turbo diesel Strengthening 160kW power (4000rpm) and 500Nm of torque (1500rpm) – higher power than any four-cylinder competitor, and equally excellent torque.
Certainly impressive numbers on paper, and better than the Triton (133kW and 430Nm), SsangYong Musso (133kW and 420Nm), and GWM Ute Cannon (120kW and 400Nm) by some margin.
The LDV diesel is mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic – the latter supplied by Germany’s ZF, which is now offering paddle shifters for MY23. All T60 Max models are 4×4.
Along with standard 2WD (2H), 4WD 50:50 locked (4H) and 4WD low-range (4L) settings, there’s a torque-on-demand AWD mode from BorgWarner for on-road driving. Luxe adds an on-demand, self-locking rear diff.
Fuel consumption is claimed on the combined cycle. 9.2 liters per 100 km and for the manual 9.3L/100km For automatic, and tank stores 73L of diesel.
LDV claims a 3000 kg Towing capacity with a braked trailer, which is 500 kg above the class benchmark.
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Hydraulic power steering is heavier than most modern electric systems, and you feel more of the impact from your hands on the road or trail.
Once you’re rolling and looking to overtake, the diesel engine offers some muscle, but there’s some noticeable lag in either Power or Eco modes – either down to the bi-turbo system, throttle tune, or both. .
It’s quite a mess even by today’s standards, but given its workhorse nature I’m less inclined to bash it too much for it.
We didn’t drive the manual gearbox, but the ZF eight-speed auto is a nice piece of kit and the paddle shifters add a layer of engagement.
I didn’t have a chance to test the performance at this launch, but in the MY22 model with the same engine I recorded a 0-100km/h time of just 11 seconds.
The T60 Max Pro comes with heavy-duty front double wishbone and rear leaf spring suspension, while the Luxe’s seat is said to be more comfort-focused. We only drove the Luxe at the short launch event.
It also explains why the T60 Max Pro has a 925-935 kg Payload, compared to a very weak one 750 kg The corresponding GVMs for lux are 3050 kg (Pro) and 2900 kg (Luxe) and the corresponding GCM are 6050 kg And 5900 kg.
The T60 Max never quite covers cut tarmac or rutted gravel like a Ford Ranger, and the rear has a fairly lively feel when taken off, but it doesn’t. mostly Also uncomfortable from a suspension tune perspective.
Unlike some utes that still use rear drums, the LDV admirably has front and rear discs.
The fitment of a road-worthy 4×4 system rather than a fully part-time setup is very welcome, as is the retention of conventional 4H for a predictable torque split.
The T60 Max has a viewing angle. 27 degreesIts angle of departure 24.2 degreesit is approved 215 mmis a turning circle. 12.6 mand is the maximum wading depth. 550 mm.
We navigated some muddy trails with a few steep drop-ins, on the outskirts of Bowral in NSW, and to its credit the T60 Max navigated everything without a fuss.
A lux-grade locking rear differential that engages itself at low speeds when the T60 Max’s brain detects different wheel speeds, though it’s reactive and engages aggressively. Better than nothing, but a switchable one is better.
While the T60 Max Pro appears to be riding cheap Giti tires, our Luxe test vehicle was running on biased Continental ContiSportContact rubber on the highway.
In general, the LDV does what you want a dual-cab to do, it just does it without the comfort or refinement of the latest generation of segment leaders.
Hard to say in terms of long-term reliability, but SAIC Motor (parent of LDV) puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to warranty.
Highlights of LDV T60 Max Pro:
- 17 inch alloy wheels
- Steel Spear
- LED headlights with disc sensing
- LED daytime running lights
- Rear parking sensor
- Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
- Spray-in bed liner
- 4 x tub tie-down points
- Single front recovery point
- Matte silver grill
- Body colored handles and mirrors
- Soft Release Tailgate – New for MY23
- Supplementary measures – New for MY23
- Roof rails – New for MY23
- Sports Bar in the Tub – New for MY23
- Height adjustable steering wheel
- Climate control AC
- Disabled cruise control
- Cloth seat trim with manual adjustment
- 10.25 inch touch screen
- Apple CarPlay
- 6 speaker audio system
- Reversing camera
- 1 x 12V outlet, 2 x USB
- New look leather wheel – New for MY23
- Auto paddle shifters – New for MY23
LDV T60 Max Luxe includes:
- Smart Key Access and Button Start
- Rear on-demand diff lock
- Gas strut for bonnet
- Black grille
- Auto folding side mirrors
- 19-inch alloy wheels – New for MY23
- sailing ship – New for MY23
- Black wheel arc around – New for MY23
- 360 degree camera view
- Lane departure warning
- Auto dimming rear view mirror
- Leather-trimmed seats.
- Powered front seats with heating
- Blank white
- The lava fell
- Metallic black
- Jewel Blue
- Maple Leaf Orange
T60 Max takes to 2017 ANCAP five-star crash rating Achieved by the pre-facelift model.
However there is very little active safety equipment – ie no autonomous emergency braking, active lane keeping, adaptive cruise control, or blind spot monitoring.
This means that although it may tick the required HR boxes, if it were tested again today it would not meet the latest five star requirements.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Front, front side and curtain airbags
- Top tether and ISOFIX anchor points
- Reversing camera
- Rear parking sensor
The Luxe also includes an all-around camera and a lane departure warning system.
LDV provides a good Seven-year warranty with 200,000km coverPlus a five-year or 130,000km roadside assistance plan.
MY22 models only had a five-year warranty, with the new plan sure to offer more assurance. No doubt the remnants will get a little help too.
Servicing intervals are listed as 12 months or 15,000km, excluding the first visit within 5000km. There is nothing about limited price servicing in the brand’s website.
The price hike makes the LDV T60 Max less of a bargain than before, but put into context, they’re not out of the ordinary.
It’s not hard to see why people are eyeing the T60 Max with its on-paper grunt, acceptable off-road capabilities and long warranty.
It remains rough around the edges in terms of how it drives and feels inside, but it’s also important to remember that its rivals are as good used as they are new.
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