LDV has chosen Australia as the ideal location to unveil its new D90 4WD wagon to the world.
Using Kiama on the New South Wales South Coast as a backdrop, the Chinese carmaker pulled the covers from a pair of D90 wagons which are each being used as part of a local testing program.
At least one of the D90 test cars was spotted in NSW ahead of the reveal, with a camouflaged wagon appearing in Wollongong last week.
As the covers fell from the D90s in Kiama, cars were also appearing for the first time at the Shanghai Auto Show, but the video and interviews were beamed live from Australia.
Australia, of course, is no random pick for LDV, as the carmaker wants a slice of the local ute-based 4WD market when the D90 goes into battle against the competition.
Such models compete in the Large SUV class under $70,000, and the top-seller last month among the ute-based 4WDs was the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
The D90 is LDV’s first SUV, and the new wagon will be based on the T60 pickup (pictued, above) which arrives in Australian showrooms later this year.
The carmaker has revealed little else about the D90, but powertrains could include the T60’s 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 110kW, matched with the choice of either manual or automatic transmissions delivering power to all four wheels.
The T60 dual-cab will also come with a range of safety equipment and driver aids likely to cross over into the D90, and LDV hopes the T60 will achieve the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating.