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LDV Australia has confirmed a diesel version of its just-launched eDeliver 7 mid-size van will arrive before the end of 2024.
Limited detail has been revealed about how the Deliver 7 will be priced or equipped, and the brand's representatives only said the timeline was before the end of 2024. However, the Chinese domestic-market version of the diesel van can give us some clues.
Currently available only as a people mover, the China-market Deliver 7 (dubbed the Maxus V70) is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine producing 150kW/375Nm driving the front wheels via either a six-speed manual or a ZF-sourced nine-speed traditional torque converter automatic. The automatic version has a claimed combined fuel efficiency of 8.7L/100km.
Standard equipment will no doubt be finely tuned for the Australian market, but expect similar standard equipment to the eDeliver 7, like 16-inch steel wheels or 17-inch alloys, LED headlights, a new 12.3-inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a thoroughly equipped safety suite involving auto emergency braking, lane keep aids, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
It seems likely the incoming diesel Deliver 7 will supplant the current low-cost G10 commercial van and people mover which has helped LDV put its name on the map, although LDV Australia has yet to come to a decision.
On the topic of the future of the G10, LDV Australia's Managing Director Dinesh Chinnappa told CarsGuide: "A determination has yet to be made. We're the number two mid-size-selling van brand in Australia, second only to the Toyota HiAce. [The G10] is successful, and it's a good product.
"We will make that determination later in the year once we known in entirety what the eDeliver 7 and Deliver 7 story looks like, and how the G10 sits within that narrative.
"There's no indication from SAIC that they will be terminating G10 production in China [but] V80 will not see the year out. That's a combination of both the age of that product as well as ADR changes that are coming at us."
The G10's biggest advantage in the market is its price. The van starts from $36,831 drive-away which is roughly $15,000 cheaper than entry-level versions of both the HiAce LWB and Hyundai Staria-Load, potentially giving a diesel Deliver 7 room to grow in price compared to its predecessor.
The Deliver 7 is also larger than the G10, offering 5.9 cubic metres of internal space in its smallest configuration - sitting between equivalent versions of both the smaller Staria-Load and larger HiAce.
It is unclear how many body styles the diesel Deliver 7 will be offered in. The just-launched eDeliver 7 comes in three body options - a short-wheelbase, long-wheelbase, and a high-roof variant, although there is only one door configuration - a left-hand side sliding door with a barn door rear.
There are currently no liftgate or dual-sliding door options. It is also unclear whether the people-mover variant (as seen in China) will be imported by the brand, but LDV is leaving all options on the table for now.
Expect to find out more about LDV's new-look range later this year. Not only will the brand confirm its diesel V70 plans, but its next-generation electric ute (code-named the GST) is also set to be revealed imminently, possibly at the Beijing motor show in April.