Chinese commercial vehicle maker LDV has confirmed its new T60 ute will be brought downunder in the second half of next year.
The Shanghai Automotive owned brand launched its new one-tonne ute at the Guangzhou International Motor Show, adding to its Australian line up of the V80 and G10 vans.
LDV expects the 4×4 dual cab T60 will pick up the full five-star safety rating and hopes to roll out a full range of models including petrol and diesel variants, as well as dual and single cab combinations.
The T60 is also tipped to have a full suite of safety features including six airbags, stability control, traction control and electronic brake force distribution.
The Australian ute market is currently booming, with the Thai built Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger models claiming the top two spots on the overall vehicle sales last month, and the segment accounting for approximately 14 per cent of sales.
While LDV is confident the T60 is a cut above its Chinese competitors the Foton Tunland and Great Wall Steed, it will be interesting to see how one of the world’s most competitive markets takes to the new entrant to the arena.