Power comes from LDV’s own two-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel which pumps out maximum power of 110kW and torque of 375Nm from 1,500rpm. The turbodiesel  is available with stop/start engine technology, and  is mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while power is fed to the road via its the rear-wheel drive layout.

The LDV’s value proposition is bolstered by an extensive suite of safety equipment including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEBV), Bosch’s latest generation Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, Lane Departure Warning and an extensive array of  airbags.

It also comes with Adaptive Cruise Control on auto transmissions, reverse parking sensors and Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth phone connectivity operated by a big 10 inch infotainment screen.

The load area looks to be very versatile on all the van variants with a 1.2m wide side door, and 180° opening rear doors. A $1,500 Option Pack adds rear doors that will open to 236°,  along with Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and keyless entry.

The load area will take two standard Australian pallets  between the wheel arches, and three Euro pallets. The long wheelbase MR Deliver 9 offers a cubic capacity of 10.97cubic metres  and a payload of 1,670kg (for the manual).

Interestingly to emphasise the value for money pluses for the Deliver 9, LDV has quoted an equation that divides the van’s cubic capacity and payload by the recommended purchase price of $42,095 for the long wheelbase MR, coming up with a cost of $3,837 per cubic metre of volume  and $25.21 per kg of payload, which makes it is something like 60 per cent more cost effective than the Benz Sprinter.

Some may never be swayed by the cost advantages the LDV delivers  and will always favour  the more expensive and established Mercedes brand, however the pricing and equipment levels on the Deliver 9 deliver a compelling rationale for the LDV machine.

LDV’s general manager, Dinesh Chinnappa says the company has had a laser-like focus on delivering exactly what Australian businesses need in 2020 with space, technology, safety and value-for-money

“That makes the new LDV Deliver 9 truly fit for purpose,” Chinnappa said.

“The Deliver 9 wins on three key product truths, it carries more for less, it’s loaded with technology and safety, and it’s the segment price leader.

“We know our value proposition is better than the opposition, and that we’re more than comparable across a range of key criteria – which is why the all-new Deliver 9 delivers more for Australian businesses.”

“Despite headwinds, 2020 has seen continued growth for the LDV brand and the Deliver 9 is an important building block in our growth strategy,” he added.

“We’re excited about the opportunity it brings, it is not just a price story, we’ve taken a single-minded approach to safety, connectivity and functionality – in any competitive face-off the all-new Deliver 9 more than holds its own,”  Chinnappa concluded.

LDV distributor Ateco also unveiled a comprehensive Capped Price Servicing Programme for Deliver 9 in a move the company says is a move ‘to further support its key target audiences’.

Along with the capped price servicing LDV has specified first service at 5000km and all following services at 30,000km or one year, whichever comes first.  LDV says that as a for three years or 95,000kms (whichever comes first) the Deliver 9 will cost from $1,895 – including GST – to service.

LDV is offering Deliver 9 with a three year/160,000km warranty and it will be sold through a national network of 82 dealers.

We’ll bring a full road test of the new Deliver 9 variants in coming weeks.