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The LDV T60 ute range has seen the addition of a new entry-level single-cab model which sees the entry price of the Chinese-made light commercial drop to a new level.
The new LDV T60 Cab Chassis 2018 model is available in 2WD (rear-wheel drive) or 4WD (four-wheel drive), and LDV is aiming at tradies with its pricing. The list price for ABN holders for the 2WD is $23,990 drive-away, while the 4WD model is listed at $26,990 drive-away.
If you don’t hold an ABN, the retail list price is $25,253 drive-away for the 2WD and $28,411 drive-away for the 4WD version.
Standard kit for the two-seat T60 ute includes auto LED headlights, daytime running lights, fog lights, auto (rain-sensing) wipers, air conditioning, cruise control, body colour door mirrors with heating, mudflaps, 16-inch alloy wheels and a full-size alloy spare.
Where the dual-cab versions of the LDV T60 come with a big 10.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Single Cab T60 is fitted with a regular old radio interface with AM/FM reception, plus Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and USB port. It has two speakers.
Unlike some other LDV models, the T60 has the maximum five-star ANCAP crash test score based on its 2017 test, and it comes with dual front, front side and curtain airbags - even in this single-cab version. Plus there is driver fatigue monitoring, electronic stability control and tyre pressure monitoring.
Apart from the addition of a low range gearbox, the two models are mechanically specified identically, both running the same 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 110kW (at 3400rpm) and 360Nm (from 1600-2800rpm), with a six-speed manual transmission. There is no auto option here.
Because both models ride on the same height (4x4) chassis, both enjoy decent rough-and-tumble dimensions. The approach angle is 27 degrees, the departure angle is 24.2deg, ramp-over angle is 21.3deg, and ground clearance is 215mm.
The 4WD model has better payload capacity of 1255kg, compared with the 2WD model’s 1145kg claim. The towing capacity of both is rated at 750kg (unbraked) and 3000kg (braked), with the Gross Combined Mass listed at 6050kg for the 4WD and 5850kg for the 2WD.
You get a tray fitted as standard with the T60 Cab Chassis, and it has internal dimensions of 2550mm long and 1777mm wide.
There is a range of accessories on offer from LDV for the T60 ute, too, the list including an alloy nudge bar (and one with a bash plate), headlamp protectors, bonnet protector, roof bars, a tow bar, carpet floor mats, rubber floor mats, and a dash mat.
If you want the most affordable ute on the market, you ought to look around.
LDV backs the T60 ute range with a strong five-year/130,000km warranty plan, plus there’s the same cover for roadside assist. There’s no capped-price service plan, but you will get a loan vehicle to keep you working while your ute is being serviced.
The value for money quotient may be high for the LDV, but if you want the most affordable ute on the market, you ought to look around.
Single Cab 2WD manual - $23,990
Single Cab 4WD manual - $26,990
Dual Cab Pro 4WD manual - $28,990
Dual Cab Pro 4WD automatic - $30,990
Dual Cab Luxe 4WD manual - $32,990
Dual Cab Luxe 4WD automatic - $34,990