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LDV D90 SEVEN-SEAT WAGON
The Chinese invasion gathers momentum - December 2017
Following the Australian launch of the T60 ute, LDV has released the first details of the LDV D90: a seven-seat SUV that made its Australian debut in November 2017.
The release is LDV’s first foray into the SUV market.
“LDV clearly knows that while the SUV sector is now the dominant vehicle type around the world, it is also highly competitive, so LDV has drawn on the expertise, knowledge and technology of China’s largest vehicle maker, its parent SAIC, to produce the D90,” explained Dinesh Chinnappa, general manager of LDV Automotive Australia.
“This means that the LDV D90 not only has everything expected of an SUV, it also has a range of features that might not be expected, such as automatic road sign recognition.
“There are also luxury features that might be expected of up-market cars, such as a driver’s seat that is heated and cooled, and has a massage program.”
Power comes from a turbocharged petrol engine that produces 165kW of peak power and 350Nm of torque from 2500rpm up to 3500rpm.
Claimed fuel consumption is 10.9L/100km and automatic engine stop/start is standard.
The main transmission is a six-speed electronically-controlled automatic and the four-wheel-drive system has high and low range, terrain selection and an electronically-actuated rear differential lock.
The LDV D90 has blind spot warning, lane wander alert and traffic sign alerts, which automatically spots road signs such as speed limits and stop signs and brings them up in the instrument display.
The D90 also has adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, front collision warning and electronic stability control.
There are six airbags and energy absorbing technology around the passenger safety cell.
The top-shelf model has two display screens: a 300mm touch screen for entertainment and communications in the centre of the dashboard and a multi-function 200mm one for the instrument display in front of the driver.
The LDV D90 arrives in Australia just weeks after the launch of the T60 ute, boasting class-leading technology and very keen pricing.
As well as having advanced technology, the LDV D90 measures just over five metres long and nearly two metres wide, providing a spacious interior for seven seats, or, with the two rear rows of seats folded, 2.3 cubic metres of space.
The specification levels are progressive, as you’d expect, but the model descriptions are odd: the base 4WD wagon is known as the ‘Deluxe’ version and the top-shelf model is called ‘Luxe’: that’s weird.
The $42,990 D90 Deluxe 4WD comes with a sunroof; dual-zone climate-control air conditioning; ambient lighting; luggage rack; leather steering wheel; hands-free opening tailgate; a driver’s seat that is eight-way adjustable, four-way lumbar support; leather upholstery for the first and second rows of seats and an eight speaker audio system.
The $46,990 LDV D90 Luxe adds a 360-degree exterior camera; panoramic sunroof; auto-dimming mirror; eight-way adjustable driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support, plus heating, ventilation, massage and two memory settings; front passenger seat with four-way electronic adjustment, four-way lumbar support and heating; second row seats with electric adjustment and heating; 12-speaker audio system; puddle lights under each door and a 220V/150W power socket.
We’ll have a road test vehicle in early 2018.
LDV is a division of SAIC (Shanghai Automobile and Industrial Corporation), the largest and oldest automotive manufacturer in China as well as being the largest auto company on China’s share market.
SAIC sold six million vehicles in 2016 and its set to top the seven million mark in 2017. It was the first company to enter joint ventures with non-Chinese car makers and has formed joint ventures with Volkswagen, IVECO and General Motors.
In 2009 SAIC acquired LDV, the light commercial vehicle division of the Anglo Dutch commercial vehicle company Leyland DAF, a company formed from Leyland Trucks and DAF Trucks.
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