The Chinese-built petrol-only LDV D90, due here on November 15, is aimed at rattling the cages of established large seven-seater SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest.
Hinted-at sharp pricing, as well as a comprehensive list of standard features form part of the strategy of LDV's parent company SAIC Motors and LDV Automotive Australia for marketing its “game-changing” line-up of utes and SUVs.
Aussie journos got a sneak peek of the seven-seater D90, during the launch event of its stablemate, the LDV T60 dual-cab this week. The D90 will be offered in 2WD or AWD and with a 165kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, matched to a six-speed auto. There will be three trim level options, but no grade-specific details of those were made available. AWD models have the terrain select system and electronic rear diff-lock.
Fuel consumption is claimed at 10.2L/100km (combined) for the 2WD, and 10.9L/100km (combined) for the AWD.
The top-variant driver also gets a heated/cooled massaging seat – leather, of course.
Braked towing capacity is 3000kg.
Some of the range’s features include a 12-inch touchscreen media unit, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition/alert (automatically identifies road signs and brings them up on the 8.0-inch instrument display), AEB, blind-spot and lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, keyless entry and start, hands-free tailgate operation, six airbags, and sunroof. The top-variant driver also gets a heated/cooled massaging seat – leather, of course.
The D90 measures just over 5m long and is nearly 2m wide. With the two rows of rear seats folded down, there is 2.3 cubic metres of space, according to LDV Automotive Australia. The LDV D90 is currently a petrol-only model but Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Automotive Australia, said an in-house-developed turbo-diesel engine would be offered in about 18 months. The D90 will have a five year/130,000km warranty with loan car programme.
Pricing and specs for the D90 are unavailable but will be released closer to its showroom due date of November 15.
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