China’s LDV has carved out a robust following these previous few years with its price range, rough-but-ready T60 dual-cab ute – discovering round 25,000 patrons since September 2017.

As nicely as undercutting the Mitsubishi Triton, the T60 Max gives a brand new automobile odor and new automobile guarantee for the value of a 10-year previous Toyota HiLux coming with neither – utilizing right now’s inflated used-car market as the idea of comparability.

The 2023 updates are hardly earth-shattering over the up to date T60 Max mannequin that first arrived in November 2021, however there are some things price mentioning: Price hikes, an extended guarantee, a sportier-looking Luxe grade, and a few tub updates for instance.

We not too long ago attended an LDV occasion to drive the up to date diesel T60 Max in addition to a trio of latest electrical autos – the eT60 EV ute, eDeliver 9 van, and MIFA 9 people-mover.

However, our drive expertise was pretty transient as these launch occasions typically are, which means this review will cowl key specs and a few fast efficiency observations.

However, embedded beneath is our detailed efficiency video of the MY22 T60 Max which is mechanically the identical and gives you the appropriate information.

WATCH: Paul’s video review of the MY22 T60 Max

How a lot does the LDV T60 Max value?

Prices are up by $4000 for ABN holders, and $4210 for personal patrons.

2023 LDV T60 Max pricing:

  • LDV T60 Max Pro guide: $41,042 ($38,990 with ABN)
  • LDV T60 Max Pro auto: $43,148 ($40,990 with ABN)
  • LDV T60 Max Luxe guide: $45,779 ($43,490 with ABN)
  • LDV T60 Max Luxe auto: $47,884 ($45,490 with ABN)

All costs are drive-away

You ought to be attempting to pay the ABN worth regardless. LDV Australia believes the Pro auto would be the top-selling variant, which shouldn’t shock anybody.

What is the LDV T60 Max like on the within?

It’s not probably the most snug driving place, given the absence of telescopic steering wheel adjustment, however the precise wheel design and use of leather-based trim makes for an improve.

Some of the plastics used on the sprint, stalks, switches and the decrease door and tunnel sections really feel low-cost. Sure, it’s possible you’ll rightly say ‘what did you count on?’, however I’d notice that each the price range GWM Ute and SsangYong Musso really feel extra upscale inside.

The 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system seems very swish and gives acceptable graphics, although its processing energy is simply common.

Instead of sat-nav you may have wired full-screen Apple CarPlay (Android customers might want to mount their machine for maps), and there’s a easy sufficient digital toolbar decrease menu to entry house settings.

The 360-degree digicam system on the Luxe isn’t cutting-edge sharp when it comes to decision, however is nonetheless a useful characteristic to have. I made a couple of telephone calls and whereas the recipients stated I didn’t sound excellent, the conversations went forward unhindered by way of Bluetooth.

The local weather management is adjusted by urgent the shiny plastic beneath the touchscreen, with out haptic suggestions, which then acknowledges the adjustment on the touchscreen. Give me dials and buttons, please.

There’s a sequence of buttons alongside the centre tunnel subsequent to the shifter, to regulate the lane-keeping chime, downhill help management, ESP, diesel particulate filter (DPF), and driving modes.

LDV to its credit score has shifted the indicator stalk to the right-hand aspect of the column, which isn’t one thing all autos developed first for left-hand drive markets can declare. To be sincere this challenge isn’t one which worries me an excessive amount of, however I do know for some individuals it’s an actual gripe.

The again seats – a key buy issue driving the take-up of this physique fashion throughout the market – are fairly good. I’m 194cm, so my driver’s seat is pushed again, and but I nonetheless discovered headroom and legroom behind greater than enough for my wants.

Rear occupants additionally get a centre armrest with cupholders, a rear 12V, studying lights, handles, and rear air vents. A few massive blokes will sit again there fortunately sufficient when you’re heading up the nook to smoko or going tenting.

The tub measures 1510mm vast by 530mm deep by 1485mm lengthy. There’s 1131mm of room between the wheel housings. There are 4 tie downs, a fantastic spray-in liner that’s higher than a drop-in, and a brand new assisted or damped tailgate.

From a usability perspective, give me the T60 Max Pro’s sports activities bar over the Luxe’s faintly try-hard sailplane.

What’s below the bonnet?

There are not any modifications over last year’s model.

This means a 2.0-litre bi-turbo-diesel making a robust 160kW of energy (4000rpm) and 500Nm of torque (1500rpm) – superior energy to any four-cylinder competitor, and equal-best torque.

Impressive numbers on paper for certain, and a few margin higher than a Triton (133kW and 430Nm), SsangYong Musso (133kW and 420Nm), and GWM Ute Cannon (120kW and 400Nm).

The LDV diesel is mated to both a six-speed guide gearbox or eight-speed computerized – the latter provided by Germany’s ZF, now providing paddle-shifters for MY23. All T60 Max fashions are 4×4.

Standard is a torque-on-demand AWD mode from BorgWarner for on-road driving, alongside extra typical 2WD (2H), 4WD 50:50 locked (4H) and 4WD low-range (4L) settings. The Luxe provides an on-demand, self-locking rear diff.

Claimed gas consumption on the mixed cycle is 9.2 litres per 100km for the guide and 9.3L/100km for the automated, and the tank shops 73L

of diesel.

LDV claims a 3000kg towing capability with a braked trailer, which is 500kg off the category benchmark.

MORE: 4WD modes explained – differential lock, 2H, 4H, 4L and hill descent control

How does the LDV T60 Max drive?

The hydraulic power-assisted steering is heavier than the newest electrical techniques, and you’re feeling extra impacts via your palms from the street or path.

The diesel engine gives some muscle when you’re rolling and wish to overtake, nevertheless there’s some noticeable lag off the mark in each Power or Eco modes – both right down to the bi-turbo system, the throttle tune, or each.

It’s additionally fairly clattery by right now’s requirements, however given its workhorse nature I’m much less inclined to kick it an excessive amount of for this.

We didn’t drive the guide gearbox, however the ZF eight-speed auto is an honest little bit of equipment and the paddle shifters add a layer of engagement.

I had no likelihood to do any efficiency testing on this launch, however within the MY22 mannequin with the identical engine I recorded a 0-100km/h time simply shy of 11 seconds.

The T60 Max Pro comes with heavy obligation entrance double-wishbone and rear leaf spring suspension, whereas the Luxe’s set is claimed to be extra comfort-focused. We solely drove the Luxe on the transient launch occasion.

This additionally explains why the T60 Max Pro has a 925-935kg payload, in comparison with a reasonably measly 750kg for the Luxe. The respective GVMs are 3050kg (Pro) and 2900kg (Luxe) and the respective GCMs are 6050kg and 5900kg.

The T60 Max is rarely as composed as a Ford Ranger on uneven tarmac or corrugated gravel, and there’s fairly a full of life feeling on the rear when unladen, however it’s not the most uncomfortable ute from a suspension-tune perspective both.

Unlike some utes that also use rear drums, the LDV commendably has discs entrance and rear.

The fitment of a road-capable 4×4 system somewhat than a purely part-time setup is most welcome, as is the retention of a standard 4H for a predictable torque cut up.

The T60 Max’s strategy angle is 27 levels, its departure angle 24.2 levels, its clearance is 215mm, its turning circle is 12.6m, and the utmost wading depth is 550mm.

We navigated some muddy trails with a couple of steep drop-ins, on the outskirts of Bowral in NSW, and to its credit score the T60 Max navigated all the pieces with out fuss.

The Luxe grade’s locking rear diff that self-engages at low speeds when the T60 Max’s mind detects completely different wheel speeds works, although it’s reactive and kicks in aggressively. Better than nothing, however a switchable one is best.

While the T60 Max Pro seems to experience on low-cost Giti tyres, our Luxe take a look at automobile was rolling on highway-biased Continental ContiSportContact rubber.

In basic, the LDV does what you desire a dual-cab to do, it simply does it with out the consolation or refinement of the latest-generation segment-leaders.

In phrases of longer-term reliability it’s more durable to say, however SAIC Motor (LDV’s guardian) places its cash the place its mouth is in the case of guarantee.

What do you get?

LDV T60 Max Pro highlights:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Steel spare
  • LED headlights with dusk-sensing 
  • LED daytime operating lights 
  • Rear parking sensors 
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Spray-in mattress liner 
  • 4 x tub tie-down factors 
  • Single entrance restoration level
  • Matte silver grille
  • Body-coloured handles and mirrors
  • Soft-release tailgate – new for MY23
  • Side steps – new for MY23
  • Roof rails – new for MY23
  • Sports bar in tub – new for MY23
  • Height-adjustable steering wheel
  • Climate management AC
  • Passive cruise management 
  • Cloth seat trim with guide changes
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Reversing digicam 
  • 1 x 12V outlet, 2 x USB
  • New-look leather-based wheel – new for MY23
  • Auto paddle shifters – new for MY23

LDV T60 Max Luxe provides:

  • Smart key entry and button begin
  • Rear on-demand diff lock
  • Gas strut for bonnet 
  • Black grille 
  • Auto-folding aspect mirrors 
  • 19-inch alloy wheels – new for MY23
  • Sailplane – new for MY23
  • Black wheel arch surrounds – new for MY23
  • 360-degree digicam view 
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror 
  • Leather-trimmed seats 
  • Powered entrance seats with heating

Colours

  • Blanc White
  • Lava Grey
  • Metal Black
  • Jewel Blue
  • Maple Leaf Orange

Is the LDV T60 Max protected?

The T60 Max carries over the 2017 ANCAP five-star crash rating achieved by the pre-facelift mannequin.

However there’s little or no energetic security tools – which means no autonomous emergency braking, energetic lane-keeping, adaptive cruise management, or blind-spot monitoring.

This signifies that whereas it might tick the requisite HR packing containers, it could not meet the newest five-star necessities have been it examined once more right now.

Standard security tools contains:

  • Front, front-side and curtain airbags
  • Top-tether and ISOFIX anchor factors
  • Reversing digicam
  • Rear parking sensors

The Luxe additionally encompasses a surround-view digicam and lane departure warning system.

How a lot does the LDV T60 Max value to run?

LDV supplies a great seven-year guarantee with 200,000km of canopy, as nicely a 5 yr or 130,000km roadside help plan.

The MY22 fashions solely had 5 years of guarantee, with the brand new plan certain to supply better reassurance. It’ll little question assist residuals a bit too.

Servicing intervals are listed as 12 months or 15,000km, apart from the primary go to due inside 5000km. The model’s web site has nothing about capped-price servicing.

CarExpert’s Take on the LDV T60 Max

The worth hikes make the LDV T60 Max much less of a cut price than earlier than, however taken in context they’re not out of the odd.

It’s not exhausting to see why persons are wanting on the T60 Max with its on-paper grunt, acceptable off-road talents, and lengthy guarantee.

It stays tough across the edges when it comes to the way it drives and feels inside, however it’s necessary additionally to do not forget that its opponents are simply as typically well-used utes as they’re new ones.

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