The long awaited turbo diesel of the LDV G10 is now available after being launched as a petrol only model last year.

General manager of LDV Australia, Dinesh Chinnappa admits the lack of a diesel limited the potential sales initially, but believes the Chinese built van’s $28,990 price tag will make it an appealing option.

“The arrival of the diesel opens up a huge chunk of the one tonne van market that was previously closed to the G10,” Chinnappa said.

“The G10 has always been a highly capable fully equipped superbly priced workhorse and the addition of a diesel engine completes the package. We expect the G10 will have a significant impact on the Australian van market.”

The 1.9 litre diesel puts out 106kW and a 350Nm from 1800rpm and is offered in either a six speed auto or six speed manual, with a claimed fuel consumption of 8.3L/100km.

“This is not an engine built down to a price. It has a power and torque output that places it nearly at the top of the performance league in its sector, against vehicles costing tens of thousands more and, often, with less equipment.” Chinnappa added.

Like its petrol counterparts, the diesel G10 comes standard with electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, airbags, roll movement intervention, reverse camera, parking sensors and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

It is also covered by a three year/100,000km warranty and around the clock roadside assistance.