The LDV T70 is the upcoming pickup truck from LDV, which will be imported into the UK from late 2020 by the Dublin-based Harris Group. The T70 is the successor to the T60 which we tested extensively earlier this year, but it features a brand-new 2.0-litre engine and host of new technology and driver assist systems.
On the outside
While the new range of LDV vans employ a modern, sleek design, the T70 is nimble-looking and boxy – making it look slightly dated before its even been launched however we do like the Ranger-esque LED lights, which have been integrated into the large, octagonal grille.
In markets where the ‘LDV’ brand name are used (the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand), the ‘Maxus’ branding will be removed from the grille and replaced with the LDV badge although SAIC’s overseas director has confirmed to us that the LDV may also be replaced in these countries too.
Cab and interior
Again, the interior isn’t exactly cutting-edge when it comes to design but it’s functional, practical and far from unpleasant. There is a wide range of technology like an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition and an all-round monitor. Furthermore, this is the first SAIC vehicle to feature electronic power steering.
LDV T70 engine and driveline
Unlike the T60 which was powered by VM Motori’s 2.8-litre engine, the new LDV T70 employs a new 2.0-litre unit (SC20M 1,995cc) producing 161hp and 375Nm. We criticised the 2.8 for being loud and agricultural but foam and rubber-moulded casings have been fitted around the new block to dramatically reduce engine noise.
There are two power ratings offered; a single turbo version providing 161hp and 375Nm and a twin turbo producing 215hp and 480Nm. There is a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic and also the choice of a 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.
Loading and towing
Measuring 1,525mm long, 1,510mm wide and 530mm deep, the load bed is above average for the double-cab pickup segment. UK-specs haven’t been announced yet but its imagined the LDV T70 will feature a one tonne payload and a 3t towing capacity.
LDV T70 price and availability
SAIC has stated that the LDV T70 will be ‘competitively priced’ and we imagine prices will start at around £17,500 plus VAT for the standard double-cab version with the single turbo and manual transmission. Peace of mind comes in the form of LDV’s excellent 5-year, 125,000-mile warranty.