The LDV T60 is set to hit UK showrooms in September 2019 and, ahead of its launch, we’ve given exclusive access to test out the very first one to land on our shores. Built in China, the LDV T60 is imported by the Harris Group, who have around 40 dealers in the UK.
LDV T60 interior
Forget Chinese vehicles of the past (Great Wall Steed, we’re looking at you!), the cab and interior is extremely stylish and its fitted with all the latest mod-cons. Although slightly narrow, the cab is extremely spacious and the low-sitting windows and dashboard let in plenty of light and provide great all-round visibility.
Our version was furnished with air conditioning, reversing cameras, electrically-headed and adjustable door mirrors (which fold when locked), adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated seats and an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat.
Available as a single, extended and double cab in China, its unknown at this stage which versions will be heading to the UK.
LDV T60 engine and transmission
Under the bonnet is SAIC’s (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, developing 150hp and 360Nm with three driving modes; normal, eco and power. It generates the rumbling groan and drinks the diesel at a rate you’d expect from a brutish 2.8, but it doesn’t produce the goods; even in ‘power’ mode we found it to be quite sluggish.
However, LDV has stated a new 2.0-litre engine – produced in conjunction with VM Motori of Italy – will be used to power UK models. There is the choice between rear and four-wheel drive and between a five or six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
LDV T60 towing and loading
By employing a heavy-duty ladder chassis and leaf springs at the rear, the T60 will have a one tonne payload and a towing capacity of up to 3.0 tonnes on four-wheel drive models. The load bed is quite short at 1,485mm (extended to 1,800 on the extended cab), although it is quite wide at 1,510mm and deep at 530mm).
SAIC (the parent company of LDV) has stated that it is expecting five-star ratings on both the Australian (ANCAP) and European (NCAP) safety standards. Six airbags are standard, along with an array of electronic safety systems like load adaptive control, collision alert and a fatigue alarm warning.
LDV T60 price and availability
So far, the Harris Group hasn’t commented on the price other than it will ‘undercut’ the market. We imagine that prices will start around the £17,500 to £18,500 mark (plus VAT) for the standard 4×2 base model and it will be available from LDV’s 40-strong UK dealer network.