Maxus Philippines, one of the brands handled by Ayala’s AC Motors, has officially confirmed that the Maxus T60’s launch date will be on March 5, 2020. This is through invites that the brand has sent to the media, thus confirming the pick-up’s launch date.
As a recap, the Maxus T60 is the first pick-up ever built by SAIC Motor to be destined for global markets. It is also the first Chinese-manufactured pick-up to score a full five-star rating at the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) due to its structure and safety features, such as ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, and six airbags.
Other features that the Maxus T60 has in global markets include a 10-inch touch screen infotainment system LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, passive entry with push-button start, electronic adjustment for the driver’s seat, as well as leather upholstery.
Maxus has not yet given final specs, but they did say that three variants will be offered: 4×2 MT, 4×2 AT, and 4×4 AT. Nevertheless, the T60 will supposedly have more affordable pricing compared to established players such as the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, just to name a few. Such is the case in Australia as the Maxus T60 turned out to be a very popular choice for pick-up buyers in the land down under due to its affordability and quality for its price.
In terms of the pick-up’s drivability, the Maxus T60 does not veer away from the traditional pick-up architecture. It uses a front double wishbone suspension, rear leaf springs, hydraulic power steering, and disc brakes on all four wheels.
Under the hood of the Maxus T60 is a VM Motori 2.8-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 150 hp and 360 Nm. Power is sent to the rear or all four wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Having said all these, does the Maxus T60 sound appealing to you? Would you consider it over more established rivals? Let us know in the comments section.