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    The LDV T60 ute has received a substantial upgrade, bringing with it a new, more high-tech interior, different suspension and, at long last, autonomous emergency braking.

    Called the 2024 LDV T60 Max Plus, the overhauled ute slots in above the existing T60 Max range. It’s in showrooms now.

    It’s priced from $45,990 drive-away for Australian Business Number (ABN) holders in manual guise, with the auto costing an extra $2000. LDV is also offering a Mega Tub version, priced at $49,490 drive-away for ABN holders.

    Under the skin it retains the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel as T60 Max models, producing 160kW of power and 500Nm of torque, though LDV says it has remapped the engine software “to ensure a more linear delivery of that power”.

    The leaf spring rear suspension of the T60 Max has been swapped out for a multi-link setup which LDV says results in greater control, a more comfortable ride, as well as higher payload and ground clearance figures.

    Payload is 800kg in the T60 Max Plus Mega Tub, 840kg in the T60 Max Plus manual and 830kg in the T60 Max Plus auto. That’s up from Luxe and Mega Tub versions of the regular T60 Max, where it’s between 730kg and 750kg. Ground clearance is up 5mm to 220mm.

    Electric power steering is also new to the T60 line, with selectable Standard and Sport modes, as is an electric park brake.

    The T60 Max Plus heralds the long-awaited arrival of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in LDV’s ute range, leaving Mahindra as the only brand to not offer this feature in this segment.

    However, the manual model misses out on AEB, as well as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. All three are standard on automatic models.

    Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system – up from the 10.25-inch unit in the T60 Max, and now with Android Auto – plus a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

    These sit within the same assembly for a wraparound look, and the infotainment uses a new operating system.

    LDV hasn’t simply stuck in a larger screen, however, with the interior receiving a substantially new look. There’s a new, more driver-focused dashboard and, in auto models, a column-mounted shifter.

    This has allowed LDV to angle the centre console upwards in auto models, with a wireless charging pad on top and a new storage cavity underneath. LDV hasn’t released images of the T60 Max Plus manual’s interior.

    There are three USB ports up front, while LDV promises a quieter interior thanks to additional soundproofing between the engine and the bulkhead.

    The T60 Max Plus range builds on the T60 Max Luxe in terms of standard equipment, which means inclusions like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a surround-view camera.

    Joining the equipment list are features like a lockable tailgate and power-folding, heated exterior mirrors.

    Externally, it’s distinguished from carryover T60 Max models with gloss black trim on parts like the grille, door handles and exterior mirrors.

    “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,” says LDV Australia general manager Dinesh Chinnappa.

    “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.”


    2024 LDV T60 Max Plus manual$45,990
    2024 LDV T60 Max Plus auto$47,990
    2024 LDV T60 Max Plus Mega Tub auto$49,490

    All prices are drive-away, for ABN holders.


    LDV T60 Max Plus
    Engine2.0-litre 4cyl bi-turbo diesel
    Transmission6-speed manual or 8-speed auto
    Driven wheelsPart-time four-wheel drive with selectable low-range gearing


    ModelFuel consumption (combined cycle)
    T60 Max Plus manual9.3L/100km
    T60 Max Plus auto8.9L/100km
    T60 Max Plus Mega Tub auto8.9L/100km

    The T60 Max Plus meets Euro 5 emissions standards and has a 73L fuel tank.


    T60 Max PlusT60 Max Plus Mega Tub
    Width1900mm (2145mm incl. mirrors)1900mm (2145mm incl. mirrors)
    Tub width1510mm1510mm
    Tub length (at floor)1525mm1840mm
    Tub width (between arches)1131mm1131mm
    Approach angle27 degrees27 degrees
    Departure angle24 degrees24 degrees
    Breakover angle19 degrees19 degrees
    Ground clearance220mm220mm
    Gross combined mass6050kg6050kg
    Kerb weight2210-2220kg2250kg
    Payload840kg (manual), 830kg (auto)800kg

    Unbraked and braked towing capacity figures are 750kg and 3000kg respectively across the T60 Max Plus range, like the T60 Max.

    Servicing and Warranty

    The LDV T60 Max Plus is backed by a seven-year, 200,000km warranty.


    The LDV T60 range has a five-star safety rating from ANCAP, based on testing conducted in 2017. This rating will expire at the end of this year.

    Standard safety equipment includes:

    • 6 airbags – front, front-side and curtain
    • Surround-view camera
    • Front and rear parking sensors

    Auto models add:

    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Lane-keep assist

    The AEB works at speeds above 8km/h, while adaptive cruise works at speeds between 8-130km/h and lane-keep assist works above 60km/h.

    Standard Equipment

    As noted above, the equipment list varies somewhat between manual and automatic models.

    The T60 Max Plus manual comes standard with the following:

    • Lockable tailgate
    • Spray-in tub liner
    • 18-inch alloy wheels in 265/60R18HT tyres
    • Steel spare in 245/65R17 tyre
    • Tyre pressure monitoring
    • Locking rear differential
    • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
    • Proximity entry with push-button start
    • Automatic LED headlights
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Hill descent control
    • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • 3 x USB ports
    • 6-speaker sound system
    • Climate control air conditioning
    • Rear air vents
    • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
    • 6-way power-adjustable front seats
    • Heated front seats
    • Leather upholstery

    The T60 Max Plus auto adds:

    • Wireless charging pad
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Paddle shifters


    The following exterior colours are available:

    • Blanc White
    • Maple Leaf Orange
    • Jewel Blue
    • Lava Grey
    • Metal Black

    MORE: Everything LDV T60

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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