Chinese automotive brand LDV has detailed its first SUV for Australia, with a scheduled November arrival date for its seven-seat D90.
Arriving in quick succession after LDV’s just-released T60 ute range, the full-size LDV D90 will hit Australian showrooms just months after is global debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April this year.
The full-size SUV will be positioned as a value offering against rivals like the Holden Trailblazer, Mitsubishi Challenger, and Isuzu MU-X although LDV importer, Ateco Automotive, is yet to reveal pricing for the new model.
“LDV clearly know that while the SUV sector is now the dominant vehicle type around the world, it is also highly competitive, so LDV has has drawn on the expertise, knowledge and technology of China’s largest vehicle maker, its parent SAIC, to produce the D90,” Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Automotive Australia said.
Amongst the available features for the D90, which go unanswered by its key competitors, are an automatic road sign recognition system, plus a heated and cooled driver’s seat with massage function.
Under the bonnet the D90 packs a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 165kW of power and 350Nm of torque avaialble from 2500 to 3500rpm. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission, with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive, with 4x4 models adding an electronic rear differential lock and terrain selection function.
Fuel consumption for two-wheel drive models is rated at 10.2 l/100km with four-wheel drive variants returning an official 10.9 l/100km figure. An automatic stop/start system is also included to improve urban fuel consumption.
Australian buyers will have a choice of three variants, with some advanced features on offer like adaptive cruise control, gesture controlled powered tailgate, a 12.0-inch central touchscreen and 8.0-inch TFT instrument display, plus a 220 volt power outlet in the interior.
Available safety equipment will include six airbags, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, plus electronic stability control incorporating roll-over mitigation.
LDV will back the D90 with a five-year / 130,000km warranty. Further details including variant-specific features and pricing will be announced closer to the D90’s November arrival.
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