Maxus Philippines, the Ayala-backed Sino-British automaker, has recently announced that it will launch another vehicle this year. Specifically, it will be adding a three-row SUV in its lineup. It’s called the Maxus D60, and it’s a compact-ish SUV (it’s closer to midsize SUVs in size) that is sure to satisfy our country’s insatiable demand for SUVs.
Bold and dynamic, the Maxus D60 fits the active, urban lifestyle of young professionals and growing families that will not only cater to their everyday transport needs but also suit the modern trend that will surely make heads turn. Maxus says that the D60 will be priced within the subcompact SUV range with low maintenance costs. It’s aiming squarely at other Chinese SUVs such as the Chery Tiggo 8 and Geely Azkarra.
The exterior of the Maxus D60 looks pretty sharp. The proportions are great, and we certainly love the large hexagonal grille. Higher variants get larger alloy wheels, a faux satin skid plate, LED headlights, just to name a few. At the sides, there’s a chrome garnish the runs from the base of the windows and then goes upward towards the roof rails. It’s certainly a distinct design trait, making this SUV stand out even more. Towards the rear, and you’ll see those cool LED taillights that run across the width of the vehicle.
Interior photos provided by the manufacturer are scarce online, so we’ll be using this interior photo from Chinamobil.ru. From these photos, we can see an interior that looks thoroughly modern and high tech. There’s a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 14-inch portrait touch screen, along with other creature comforts such as power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, push-button start, just to name a few.
In China, the Maxus D60 is powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 169 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Power being sent presumably to the front wheels as standard, or on all four wheels as an option via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
No launch date nor specifications have been given by Maxus Philippines, which means we’ll have to wait even further to find out how the Maxus D60 compares against its competition.