Maxus Philippines, which operates under Ayala’s AC Motors, has finally launched the Maxus T60, following numerous teasers from the Chinese automaker with British origins. The T60 enters the highly-competitive pick-up truck segment that’s dominated by Japanese and American nameplates, and it aims to stand out by offering capability and features at an affordable price.
As a recap, the Maxus T60 is the first pick-up ever built by SAIC Motor to be destined for global markets. From the outside, the T60’s front fascia is characterized by a bold grille, large headlights (which are LEDs with LED daytime running lights for the 4×4 Elite AT variant), along with a striking front bumper. All variants are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and automatic headlights.
On the inside, the Maxus T60 feels extremely sturdy and well-built. It’s also fitted with quite a number of standard features, too, such as a touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, steering wheel controls, rear aircon vents, and cruise control. Meanwhile, the top trim 4×4 Elite AT gets a bigger 10-inch touch screen unit, auto climate control, passive entry with push-button start, leather seats, along with electronic adjustment for the driver’s seat.
Powering the Maxus T60 is a VM Motori 2.8-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 150 hp and 360 Nm of torque. This is mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, the latter of which having a manual mode option.
Now, 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, and hydraulic power steering.
The Maxus T60 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 and electronic stability control. However, the PH-market T60 gets electronic stability control only on the 4×4 Elite AT variant. Other safety features include a rear view camera, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, and tire pressure monitoring on all variants.
The Maxus T60 is now available on all Maxus dealers nationwide and comes with a class-leading 5-year/100,000-kilometer warranty, along with a long maintenance interval of 15,000 kilometers. These prices currently include a P50,000 introductory discount, so if you’re interested in the T60, better hurry up to your nearest Maxus dealer.
4×2 Pro MT: P948,000
4×2 Pro AT: P1,028,000
4×4 Elite AT: P1,278,000