LDV Australia has added a powerful new diesel engine option to the D90 large SUV, which is based on the T60 ute.
The 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder unit produces 160kW of power and 480Nm of torque, making it one of the most potent diesel engines in its class, which includes the Toyota Fortuner (130kW/450Nm) and Ford Everest (up to 157kW/500Nm).
Only available in the D90’s flagship Executive grade, the new unit is exclusively mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic and a four-wheel-drive system with a Borg Warner-sourced transfer case.
Fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test (ADR 81/02) is 9.1 litres per 100 kilometres, while claimed carbon dioxide emissions are 238 grams per kilometre. For reference, maximum braked towing capacity is 3100kg.
The rest of the D90 range is unchanged, with all three petrol variants motivated by a 2.0-litre single-turbo four-cylinder engine that develops 165kW and 350Nm, is matched to a six-speed torque-converter automatic, claims 10.2-10.9L/100km and 238-255g/km, and tows up to 2000kg.
The unnamed entry-level rear-wheel-drive version is priced from $35,990 driveaway, while its Executive counterpart costs $4000 more. Upgrading the latter with the aforementioned 4WD set-up adds another $4000.
This leaves the new Executive 4WD diesel atop the D90 range, at $47,990, although buyers are compensated with more than just a 150Nm increase in torque and two extra gears.
Indeed, the latest addition comes with a higher level of standard equipment than its petrol counterpart, including a full digital instrument cluster and a heated steering wheel with paddle-shifters, although it does lack its electronic differential lock and luggage storage box.
Kit otherwise includes LED headlights and daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, 19-inch alloy wheels with a 17-inch steel spare, power-folding side mirrors with heating and puddle lights, side steps, roof rails, a sunroof and a power-operated tailgate.
Inside, a 12.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay support, an eight-speaker sound system, keyless entry and start, climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery and ambient lighting feature.
Advanced driver-assist system safety systems include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, hill-descent control, hill-start assist, tyre pressure monitoring, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.
As with all LDV models sold in Australia, the D90 comes with a five-year/130,000km factory warranty, with roadside assistance included for the full term.
2020 LDV D90 driveaway pricing
|Executive RWD petrol||automatic||$39,990|
|Executive 4WD petrol||automatic||$43,990|
|Executive 4WD diesel||automatic||$47,990|