Chinese brand LDV has provided initial details of its T60 range ahead of its local arrival later this year.
While it has yet to confirm prices, LDV's local importers, Ateco Automotive, has confirmed a full family of models will be offered, including single or dual-cab body styles, two- or four-wheel drive transmissions, manual or automatic gearboxes and in two model grades.
All variants will be powered by a 2.8-litre four cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 110kW. All dual-cab models will be fitted with four-wheel drive as standard and come with either choice of gearbox, while cab-chassis versions will be offered exclusively with a manual gearbox but can feature either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive transmissions.
Without confirming any details other than confirming the T60 will continue LDV's position "of value for money pricing and above average equipment, trim and features", Ateco has said the two trim levels will ensure the ute covers "working business vehicles to recreational family transport".
"It is too early to provide specific price points for the new LDV T60 range," said LDV's local boss, Dinesh Chinnappa
"But we are determined that it will build upon the value for money proposition of the LDV van range. The T60 will provide Australia Ute buyers with a highly competitive new choice, whether they are looking for a working Ute or a recreational family vehicle."
If the official images of what is expected to be the range-topping dual-cab variant are any indication, the higher-grade models will likely be fitted as standard with alloy wheels, bi-Xenon headlights a chrome sports bar, roof rails, side steps and have a spray-on tub liner
The T60, which was first revealed at the Guangzhou motor show last year, will join LDV's impressive range of vans from October.
Considering the booming popularity of utes in Australia, Ateco is confident the T60 will quickly become its best-selling model and expand its presence beyond the boundaries of major metropolitan regions.
"Since its launch in Australia, LDV has focused on its van and people mover ranges with the V80 and then with the G10 van," says Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Australia.
"Sales of this type of vehicle are primarily in metro areas, so that is where we have concentrated our dealers and our business. But the T60 will have a much broader appeal across the whole country. The ute market is much bigger than the van market and it is booming. In preparation for the arrival of the T60 we are opening new dealers in country areas and enlarging our urban representation. There is little doubt that from day one, the T60 will be LDV's best-selling model in Australia."