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China takes aim at the Toyota LandCruiser Prado - New 500Nm LDV D90 Pro muscles up for off-road battle

The LDV D90 Pro takes aim at the Toyota LandCruiser Prado.

LDV has unveiled its latest weapon in the battle for off-road SUV supremacy, with the LDV D90 Pro emerging as a muscled-up answer to the Toyota LandCruiser Prado.

Unveiled over a series of Chinese auto shows this year - and almost certain to make it to Australia - the LDV D90 Pro ups the off-road cred across the board.

That story starts with LDV's bi-turbo-diesel engine, which now produces a (current) LandCruiser Prado-rivalling 500Nm of torque.

In fact, the brand's 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo-diesel's outputs have been bumped up by 20 per cent, unlocking 160kW and 500Nm.

The Prado, by the way, makes 150kW and 500Nm, giving the LDV instant bragging rights in the power stakes.

But it doesn't end there. LDV says the its D90 Pro is also fitted with a a ZF eight-speed automatic, with a new "cross-country suspension" system that includes double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, with a new stabiliser bar, and the whole package, the brand says, "has been "perfected by world’s top chassis performance experts."

There's also a BorgWarner transfer case, an all-terrain intelligent 4WD system and a lockable rear differential.

It's also offered with a 'Professional Off-Road Kit' which ups the equipment list further, with 18-inch wheels wrapped in off-road rubber, a wading snorkel, bash plates and plastic-clad wheel arches.

The price? In China, the LDV D90 Pro starts at just $46,335.