Ireland’s Harris Group has announced that it will be importing the LDV T60 pickup truck into the UK from 2019. The announcement of the Chinese-built LDV T60 comes less than a year after the brand’s UK relaunch, and shows its commitment to the UK LCV industry.
Cab and interior
Forget Chinese vehicles of the past (Great Wall Steed, we’re looking at you!), the cab and interior is extremely stylish and there is quite a lot of equipment available, like air conditioning, 360-degree round-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, satellite navigation, heated seats, reversing camera 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, and Chinese homologated models have an output of 150hp and 360Nm – although this could be upgraded for the UK market. Interestingly, there are three driving modes; normal, eco and power.
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 3.5 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 £15,000 to £16,000 mark (plus VAT) for the standard 4×2 base model and it will be available from LDV’s 60-strong UK dealer network.
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