The new-look LDV D90 2023 debuts overseas, with a likely Australian launch

The new-look LDV D90 2023 debuts overseas, with a likely Australian launch

For those who want more space than a 300-series LandCruiser for a lot less money, the revamped LDV D90 is expected to hit local dealerships in a matter of months.

The facelift 2023 LDV D90 launched in China this week and there is a good chance The new-look all-wheel drive will make it to Australia next year.

Marked as in his native country Maxus Lindi – which means translated ‘Area’ – The D90 has received significant changes to its front end, reflecting an LDV design that debuted on the T60 ute back in 2021.

The Lingdi is believed to share much of its platform and mechanical components with the T60 – much like the Ford Everest is based on the Ranger, the Fortuner is based on the HiLux and the SsangYong Rexton is based on the Musso – but with the comforts of one covered trunk area and the possibility of up to seven seats.

However, at 5214mm long and 2016mm wide, the LDV Lingdi is longer and wider than the 300-series Toyota LandCruiser – and has a 100mm longer wheelbase at 2950mm.

As with the T60, the Lingdi is powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine rated at 160kW and 500Nm, but is reportedly backed by a 48-volt mild hybrid system to reduce emissions and to keep fuel consumption under 10 liters per 100 km. A turbo petrol engine should also be on the way.

The turbodiesel comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF as standard, and switchable all-wheel drive and a short range are available for off-road use.

With LDV designing all of its vehicles to be left-hand drive and right-hand drive, it may only be a matter of time before the model makes its way to Australia – although a rep declined to say if the Lingdi is a lock for our market only.

“We are considering all models that will be right hand drive and available for our market, but there is nothing specific to confirm at this time,” said a spokesman for LDV Australia Journey.

Ben Zechariah

Ben Zachariah is a veteran Melbourne-based writer and motoring journalist who has worked in the automotive industry for over 15 years. Previously a truck driver, Ben completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the field of classic car investments.

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