Australia’s burgeoning light commercial segment is set to expand even further, with Chinese manufacturer LDV announcing its T60 pick-up will arrive in local showrooms in October.
It will be a comprehensive line-up, with single and double- cab body styles, two and four- wheel-drive configurations and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
There will be two trim levels and all models will have a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo- diesel engine under the bonnet offering 110kW.
There’s no official torque figure as yet, nor are there any pricing details.
However, LDV Australia general manager Dinesh Chinnappa said while the T60 would sit in the middle of the ute market in terms of size and performance, it would offer superior equipment and value.
“This model line-up covers the significant part of the market and these versions will be joined by additional variants as required to meet changing market demands,” Mr Chinnappa said.
“We are determined that it will build upon the value-for- money proposition of the LDV van range.
“The T60 will provide Australia ute buyers with a highly competitive new choice, whether they are looking for a working ute or a recreational family vehicle.”
Going by the provided images, we can expect one of the variants to have alloy wheels, a chrome sports bar, roof rails and side steps.
Chinnappa said the T60 would become the top-selling model in the LDV range, which currently includes the V80 and G10 people mover and van.
All LDV vehicles come with a three year/100,000km warranty with roadside assistance.
LDV has a growing dealer network, with showrooms in Osborne Park, Kenwick, Rockingham, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury.
The vehicles are distributed by the independent Ateco Group.
Chinnappa said due to the brand’s focus on its people movers and vans, its dealers have up to now been in mainly metro areas, but this would change with the T60.
“The T60 will have a much broader appeal across the whole country,” he said.
“The ute market is much bigger than the van market and it is booming.
“In preparation for the arrival of the T60 we are opening new dealers in country areas and enlarging our urban representation.”