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Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger beware, Chinese manufacture LDV are coming off the long run to have another crack at the lucrative Australian ute market, with their newly tuned T60 Trailrider.

The T60 Trailrider is a limited edition model specially equipped for the Australian market. Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Automotive Australia, stated that “only 650” of the Trailriders will be built. Unlike some other manufacturers’ special editions, LDV have not just thrown their graphic designers at the T60 but instead gained the assistance of Walkinshaw Automotive Group to help rework and recalibrate the T60’s suspension for Australian conditions. As if the reworked suspension wasn’t impressive enough, to ensure others know that you’ve got the special edition T60, it comes with black 19-inch wheels, black nudge bar sports bar, and black side steps along with a Mountain Top roller tonneau for the tray. The Trailrider also gets given some extra glam with a black grille replacing the normally chrome one, and some Trailrider stickers to make it really stick out.

LDV Targeting the Australian Market with a refined T60

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The T60 Trailrider is based on the top-of-the-range LDV T60 Luxe, which means it gets plenty of features. This includes safety, with a 360-degree camera, blind-spot warning, six airbags, as well as tyre pressure warning and an array of electronic safety features. In a relatively cheap package you also get all the best bits from the top-end of town like keyless entry, 10-inch touch screen, electric seats and automatic wipers and lights. Unfortunately, the Trailrider doesn’t receive any added performance, powered by the same 2.8-litre turbo-diesel with an output of 110kW, with the choice of either a six-speed auto or manual. However, the T60 Trailrider does position itself well off-road with full high and low range, as well as a rear diff lock.

With three-tonne towing and a five-year/130,000km warranty, and at a RRP driveaway of $41,042 for the Trailrider automatic and $38,937 for the manual, could LDV steal some of Toyota’s and Ford’s sales, or will it be just another valiant but failed attempt at knocking the front runners off?

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LDV Targeting the Australian Market with a refined T60

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Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger beware, Chinese manufacture LDV are coming off the long run to have another crack at the lucrative Australian ute market, with their newly tuned T60 Trailrider.

The T60 Trailrider is a limited edition model specially equipped for the Australian market. Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Automotive Australia, stated that “only 650” of the Trailriders will be built. Unlike some other manufacturers’ special editions, LDV have not just thrown their graphic designers at the T60 but instead gained the assistance of Walkinshaw Automotive Group to help rework and recalibrate the T60’s suspension for Australian conditions. As if the reworked suspension wasn’t impressive enough, to ensure others know that you’ve got the special edition T60, it comes with black 19-inch wheels, black nudge bar sports bar, and black side steps along with a Mountain Top roller tonneau for the tray. The Trailrider also gets given some extra glam with a black grille replacing the normally chrome one, and some Trailrider stickers to make it really stick out.

The T60 Trailrider is based on the top-of-the-range LDV T60 Luxe, which means it gets plenty of features. This includes safety, with a 360-degree camera, blind-spot warning, six airbags, as well as tyre pressure warning and an array of electronic safety features. In a relatively cheap package you also get all the best bits from the top-end of town like keyless entry, 10-inch touch screen, electric seats and automatic wipers and lights. Unfortunately, the Trailrider doesn’t receive any added performance, powered by the same 2.8-litre turbo-diesel with an output of 110kW, with the choice of either a six-speed auto or manual. However, the T60 Trailrider does position itself well off-road with full high and low range, as well as a rear diff lock.

With three-tonne towing and a five-year/130,000km warranty, and at a RRP driveaway of $41,042 for the Trailrider automatic and $38,937 for the manual, could LDV steal some of Toyota’s and Ford’s sales, or will it be just another valiant but failed attempt at knocking the front runners off?