LDV D90: Seven-seat off-roader gets diesel power

Look out Isuzu and Ford, the LDV D90 finally has a turbo-diesel engine.


Chinese brand LDV has added a turbo-diesel engine to its seven-seat D90 off-roader, finally giving it the tools to fight the Isuzu MU-X, Ford Everest, and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

With 160kW of power and 480Nm of torque, the new 2.0-litre twin-turbo engine outguns the MU-X (130kW/430Nm) and Pajero Sport (133kW/430Nm), and puts it within firing distance of the Ford Everest bi-turbo (157kW/500Nm).

With four-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a transfer case, LDV is talking up the D90’s off-road ability.

LDV D90: Seven-seat off-roader gets diesel power

The diesel means it can now tow 3000kg, in line with its more expensive mainstream rivals as well.

The diesel engine is only offered on the top-spec D90 Executive, priced from $47,990 drive-away.

Although that’s $12,000 more expensive than the entry two-wheel drive D90 petrol, it undercuts the entry-level Pajero Sport ($46,990 before on-roads) and cheapest MU-X AWD ($50,200 before on-roads).

LDV D90: Seven-seat off-roader gets diesel power

It’s also significantly cheaper than the cheapest four-wheel drive Ford Everest, which kicks off at $54,690 before on-road costs and features a less powerful 3.2-litre engine.

Despite the sharp starting price, the D90 Executive wants for nothing. A 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, along with rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and stat, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, tyre-pressure monitoring, and a reversing camera.

The Executive also benefits from an eight-way powered driver’s seat, a tilt/reach steering column, and a sunroof. The front two rows of seating are leather-trimmed, and the tailgate is powered.

LDV D90: Seven-seat off-roader gets diesel power

Boot space is 1800L with the seats folded, 1140L with the third row flat, and 412L with the third row in place.

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