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2021 LDV Deliver 9 pricing and specs detailed: China's new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter rival plays the value card - hard

The Deliver 9 is LDV’s first heavy-commercial vehicle.

LDV Australia has released details on its new heavy-commercial vehicle, the Deliver 9, which is available in cab-chassis, van and minibus body-styles, all of which are value-packed.

The van and minibus are available in two wheelbase lengths, with the medium (MWB) and long (LWB) versions measuring 3366mm and 3760mm respectively, while the latter is standard for the cab chassis.

Of note, the MWB minibus has 11 seats and can be driven on a regular driver’s license, while the LWB minibus comes with 14 seats and require a special license to drive. Meanwhile, the cab chassis and van have three seats.

Mid Roof and High Roof variants of the van and minibus are on offer, measuring 2535-2555mm and 2755mm respectively, while the cab chassis exclusively gets the former.

All Deliver 9 variants are powered by a 110kW/375Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine (with an idle-stop system), which is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic.

That said, the Deliver 9 is priced from $42,095 driveaway for the manual LWB Mid Roof cab chassis and LWB Mid Roof van and tops out at $59,990 for the automatic LWB High Roof minibus (see full pricing table below, including driveaway pricing for ABN holders).

For the van, maximum payload ranges from 1500kg to 1670kg, while cubic volume is between 9.66 cubic-metres and 12.33 cubic-metres, depending on the variant. Critically, up to two Australian pallets can be onboard LWB variants. Braked towing capacity is 2800kg across the board.

Standard specification in the van includes 16-inch steel wheels (with a full-size spare), side and rear steps, a sliding passenger-side door, 180-degree barn doors, eight tie-down points, a 10.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay support, Bluetooth connectivity, a 4.2-inch multifunction display and two USB ports.

For the van, maximum payload is up to 1670kg, while cubic volume is stretches to 12.33 cubic-metres. For the van, maximum payload is up to 1670kg, while cubic volume is stretches to 12.33 cubic-metres.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, regular (manual) or adaptive (automatic) cruise control, hill-start assist, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors. Six airbags (dual front, side and curtain) are also fitted.

A $1500 options package adds 236-degree barn doors, keyless entry and start, and blind-spot monitoring, while there are two paintwork options: Blanc White or Pacific Blue.

While the cab chassis and minibus are similarly specified, their full details won’t be released until they enter showrooms in the near future. In the meantime, the van is officially on sale.

Either way, every Deliver 9 variant is rear-wheel drive, but the cab chassis has four rear wheels instead of the usual two, helping to increase its maximum payload and open up motorhome opportunities for buyers.

The van comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay support. (Chinese example pictured) The van comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay support. (Chinese example pictured)

The Deliver 9 comes with a three-year/160,000km warranty, including roadside assistance, and is LDV Australia’s first model to be available with a capped-price servicing plan.

For the Deliver 9, its first service is due at 5000km, at which its intervals change to every 12 months or 30,000km, whichever comes first. As such, its capped-price servicing plan covers three years/95,000km, costing $1895.

According to LDV Australia, in regard to specification, the Deliver 9 is positioned against upmarket rivals, namely the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, despite costing significantly less, so much so that it’s the most affordable model in the segment.

As such, the Deliver 9’s focus on businesses is unwavering, with LDV Australia stressing sole traders, SMEs, nationally recognised transport companies and corporate fleets will be its primary buyers given they’re expected to account for more than 90 per cent of sales.

2021 LDV Deliver 9 pricing

VariantTransmissionDriveawayDriveaway for ABN holders
LWB Mid Roof cab chassismanual$42,095$39,990
LWB Mid Roof cab chassisautomatic$44,726$42,490
MWB Mid Roof vanautomatic$43,148$40,990
LWB Mid Roof vanmanual$42,095$39,990
LWB Mid Roof vanautomatic$44,726$42,490
LWB High Roof vanmanual$44,200$41,990
LWB High Roof vanautomatic$46,831$44,490
MWB Mid Roof minibusautomatic$55,779$52,990
LWB Mid Roof minibusautomatic$57,884$54,990
LWB High Roof minibusautomatic$59,990$56,990