The next generation LDV ute, the MY23 T63, will look to ride strong sales figures delivered by the model in recent months.
A significant increase in numbers, now that shipping has been stabilised post-pandemic, have resulted in the LDV T60 moving 23,947 units year-to-date (Oct22) since it was launched September of 2017.
In July, distributor Ateco Group sold 516 T63s, a figure that has steadily increased over August (612), September (962) and October (893).
The total monthly sales result of 1,518 in October was a record for the LDV brand.
Delivering 160kW and 500Nm, the LDV T60 is the most powerful four-cylinder ute in the local market.
The launch of the MY23 T60 will look to capitalise on these growing sales volumes.
“The LDV T60 Max is the backbone of our brand and the new MY23 T60 Max will continue that tradition,” said Dinesh Chinnappa, LDV General Manager.
“We know power is an important factor for ute buyers, particularly tradies who want to go off-roading at weekends, tow the jet ski, or put their bikes in the tray. We also know these tradies are looking for value and the new T60 delivers both in spades,” continued Chinnappa.
At the heart of the new MY23 T60 Max continues Australia’s most powerful 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine delivering a muscular 160kW at 4000rpm and impressive 500Nm from 1500rpm.
Based on the D20 unit, SAIC’s first in-house designed bi-turbo diesel engine, its small block design and electronically controlled, high-pressure common rail technology from Bosch make it one of the most powerful diesel engines in its class.
The T60 Max features a six-speed manual or 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which incorporates new paddle shifts that help to execute crisper gear changes to take full advantage of the 160kW and 500Nm.
Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is claimed at 9.2L/100km for the manual and 9.3L/100km for the automatic.
As with previous LDVs, both suspension tunes – heavy duty for the Pro and comfort for the Luxe – have been specifically calibrated for Australian conditions. New 19-inch black alloy wheels on the Luxe manual and auto distinguish the MY23 variants.
The T60 Max also comes with an Intelligent Real-Time Torque on Demand system from BorgWarner which takes the guesswork out of road conditions by delivering maximum traction automatically.
The driver can also manually select high-speed 2WD, high-speed 4WD and low-speed 4WD for tough off-road conditions.
Newly designed side steps, full chrome sports bar, and roof rails for the Pro edition, are part of an aggressive new exterior design on the MY23.
The MY23 T60 Luxe adds body coloured door mirrors, 19-inch black alloys fitted with 240km/h rated Continental tyres, black wheel arches, black side steps, black roof rails, and a distinctive black rear sports bar with sail plane.
Both variants come with soft-release tailgate, and add an updated leather steering wheel with paddle shift controls for the 8-speed auto.
A spray-in tub liner keeps the bed protected from wear and tear, while four tie-down points help to secure cargo.
Payload for the heavy-duty Pro manual is 935kg (750kg for the Luxe) while both variants are rated up to 3.0 tonnes max braked towing.
“We listen to our customers and consistently fine-tune the product and offer with China, to ensure our volume-selling T60 model continues to hit the spot for our target audience,” said Chinnappa.
“At $38,990 driveaway, the MY23 Pro Manual represents extraordinary value for money, but based on our current model mix, we expect the Pro Auto, with its 8-Speed ZF Auto, 160kW and 500Nm engine, 7-year/200,000 warranty and $40,990 driveaway price for ABN buyers to deliver significant sales of T60 in 2023.”