The LDV T60 is set to potentially take a larger share of the hard-fought dual-cab 4×4 race with some pretty serious upgrades confirmed this morning.

The LDV T60 in 4×4 guise in April only managed 2.3% market share with the value-based offering often being overlooked by buyers despite the ultra-competitive pricing.

But these mid-cycle improvements, and the addition of a new top-spec variant, might help improve the ute’s fortunes.

The biggest change under the surface is the addition of a multi-link rear suspension.

LDV tells us this change delivers more control and a better ride over a range of surfaces, as well as an increase in payload capability.

Those new payload capabilities are: 840kg (manual) and 830kg (automatic), while the Mega Tub Plus is 800kg. All have a max braked towing capacity of 3,000kg.

On the surface, there are some styling changes, aimed, according to the manufacturer, at enhancing the T60’s tough appearance.

And that new variant being introduced is known as the LDV T60 Max Plus.

The halo model in the range will come with an array of standard features, including:

  • 12.3” central touchscreen
  • 12.3” driver instrument cluster
  • Lockable tailgate
  • Heated and power-folding side mirrors
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric park brake
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 360-degree panoramic camera
  • Fatigue Reminder
  • Black exterior highlights
To accommodate those large display screens, the Max Plus gets a new dashboard design that curves around the driver.

While additional sound-proofing material between the engine and the bulkhead has reportedly improved cabin ambience.

“The Aussie ute market is a key battleground for OEMs as the vehicles have to be truly multi-purpose, bridging the gap between work necessity and lifestyle choice,” – Dinesh Chinnappa, LDV General Manager.

“We’ve listened to feedback from the market and worked closely with our colleagues in China to ensure the T60 range remains competitive.

“T60 Max Plus is a new model that has key technical, specification, and safety updates to complement its position as one of the most powerful four-cylinder utes you can buy.”

Driveaway ABN holder pricing begins at $45,990 for the manual, $47,990 for the automatic, and $49,490 for the Megatub automatic.