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2022 LDV T60 Max price and features: Ford Ranger Raptor-beating power at SsangYong Musso prices for Australia's newest dual-cab ute

The LDV T60 Max is powered by a 160kW/500Nm 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel engine.

LDV has set its sights on some big dual-cab ute players, namely the Ford Ranger XL and Toyota HiLux SR, with its new T60 Max pick-up.

Standing the Max apart from its T60 sibling is the application of a 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel engine that outputs 160kW at 4000rpm and 500Nm from 1500rpm.

And while the performance is more than a match for flagships the likes of the 157kW/500Nm Ranger Raptor X, 150kW/500Nm HiLux Rugged X, 140kW/450Nm Nissan Navara PRO-4X Warrior and 140kW/450Nm Mazda BT-50 Thunder, pricing is kept close to many entry-level 4x4 dual-cab ute models.

Kicking things off is the T60 Max Pro with a six-speed manual gearbox for $33,990 before on-road costs, while three-pedal Luxe starts at $38,490.

An eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic transmission is available on both models, adding $2000 to the price.

Australian Business Number (ABN) buyers will also be given a discount, though exactly how much they will save is still unclear.

Fuel economy is pegged at 9.2 litre per 100km for the manual, and 9.3L/100km for the automatic, while carbon dioxide emissions are rated at 243 and 244 grams per kilometre.

Drive is sent to all four wheels, with each variant also featuring 2WD, 4WD-high and 4WD-low modes, and LDV claims that the suspension of the T60 Max has been tuned for Australian conditions.

The T60 Max also features approach, departure and breakover angles of 27, 24.2 and 21.2 degrees respectively, while maximum wading depth is also rated at 550mm.

The engine will allow for a payload capacity of 925kg in the Pro and 750kg in the Luxe, while braked towing capacity is 3000kg for all T60 Max grades.

Standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights, cruise control, climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth interior and heavy-duty suspension.

Handling multimedia is a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay functionality, Bluetooth connectivity and six-speaker output.

On the safety front, the T60 Max comes standard with six airbags, hill descent control, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, driver fatigue alert and tyre pressure monitoring.

Stepping up to the Luxe grade adds an on-demand rear differential lock, comfort suspension, keyless entry, push-button start, auto-dimming rear-view monitor and electronically adjustable leather-trimmed seats, as well as a surround-view monitor and lane departure warning.

From the outside the Luxe is also differentiated by a blacked-out grille and chrome door mirrors.

The T60 Max line-up will also look different from the rest of the T60 range, thanks to slimmed down headlights, a beefier front grille, and reworked front and rear bumpers.

The T60 Max will be sold alongside its T60 sibling, which kicks off at $30,516 drive-away for the Pro manual, while the Luxe and Mega Tub variants start at $35,253 and $36,831 respectively.

An automatic transmission adds $2105 to the asking price of the T60.

The T60 also makes use of a different engine than the T60 Max, with the cheaper LDV ute powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, punching out 110kW/360Nm to all four wheels.

Like with all new LDVs sold in Australia, the T60 Max comes with a five-year/130,000km warranty with roadside assist.

2022 LDV T60 Max drive-away pricing