Our test vehicle is the long wheelbase XLV in ELX specification, which is the work-focused base model grade in a three-tier line-up that includes mid-level Ultimate and top-shelf Ultimate Plus.
It comes standard with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and six-speed manual transmission, or six-speed automatic as optioned here for a list price of $38,490. Our example also has optional Marble Grey metallic paint which adds another $495 to $38,985. That’s lineball with bargain-hunter Chinese 4x4 rivals like LDV’s T60 Mega-Tub ($38,937).
There’s also an automatic-locking rear differential, keyless entry, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, speed/rain-sensing wipers, reverse camera, leather steering wheel (previously plastic at this grade) with multi-function controls, A-pillar grab handles (previously missing), LED daytime running lights, power folding/heated door mirrors with LED indicators and puddle lamps, quality six-speaker infotainment system with 8.0-inch control touchscreen and multiple connectivity including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and more.
A solid safety menu, headlined by AEB and trailer sway control, is spoiled somewhat by only providing a lap-belt for the rear seat’s centre passenger. This is a glaring omission which only serves to highlight where cost-cutting should never take place.