First SUV for China’s SAIC Group

First SUV for China’s SAIC Group

CHINA’S massive SAIC Motor group is set to launch its first SUV in Australia towards year-end and expects to find a ready market.

The SUV, called the D90, will be part of the LDV range, comprising four different models.

The D90 is a three-row seven-seater with conventional lines and is likely to be powered by a 2.8litre turbo-diesel with choice of manual or automatic transmission and two or 4WD.

Its arrival will be preceded by LDV T60, a new entrant into the ute market, and the LDV G10 one-tonne van, the latter also available as a seven to nine-seat people mover with a six-speed ZF gearbox – and a $29,990 driveaway price.

There’s also an LDV V80 van range in a choice of two wheelbases and three roof heights, with payloads from 1.2 to 1.4 tonnes.

SAIC Motor is China’s, and one of the world’s, biggest auto makers, with sales of more than six million in 2016.