Australia’s third best-selling van, the aging LDV G10 will be replaced before the end of this year with an all-new model with the option of electric power.
A successor to the LDV G10 delivery van from china is due to Australian showrooms before the end of this year with the option of electric power, has confirmed the local distributor.
chinese car manufacturertoday announced that it will launch a new mid-size pickup in Australia in the last three months of this year, as a successor to the eight-year-old the company’s rival to the best sellers Toyota HiAce and Hyundai Staria Load.
While the current model is available with a choice of gasoline or diesel, the new car will feature an electric drive option, the second vehicle in its class to do so, after the Mercedes-Benz eVito.
The introduction of the new LDV mid-size van in Australia is expected to coincide with the addition of life-saving advanced safety systems such as autonomous emergency braking, which the current G10 lacks, although this technology is standard on the most rivals.
Advanced accident avoidance technology will be mandatory for new vehicles in the van category introduced after March 2023.
The LDV G10 replacement is also likely to offer more airbags, a significant improvement over the current LDV G10, which offers no advanced safety technology and only two front occupant airbags in frontal collisions.
The price has not yet been confirmed, although it is expected to increase due to the addition of new features and technology. The current LDV G10 is priced at $34,990 for ABN holders in diesel manual form.
LDV has not yet confirmed the name of the new vehicle.
Nevertheless, Handle understands it’s likely to be what’s known as the Maxus V70 in China (where LDV vehicles are marketed under the Maxus brand), which was revealed late last year (at the top of the story).
The company has yet to announce whether the current LDV G10, as well as the decade-old LDV V80, will be sold alongside the new pickup, or if it will replace one or both models.
The outgoing LDV G10 was until recently available in a choice of delivery or people-carrier van formats, similar to rivals such as Toyota HiAce and Granvia, Hyundai Staria and Staria Load, and Volkswagen Transporter and Multivan.
While LDV has confirmed that the new truck will be offered with an electric power option, it is not yet known if the other engines will be gasoline or diesel, or if there will be a choice of both.
Nevertheless, Handle understands that diesel is more likely, given that it is historically the most popular choice among SUV and van buyers.
Reports from China claim that the Maxus V70 will be available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine developing 93kW, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It is unclear if this engine will be offered in Australia or a more powerful option.
The new model will be available with three roof options, according to LDV.
In a press release issued today, LDV said that “the arrival of a dynamic new mid-size van in both [internal-combustion engine] Y [electric] engine variants and three roof options” expires in the last three months of this year.
“Further information on this upcoming vehicle will be communicated in due course,” the company said.
Despite being one of the oldest models in the mid-size truck category, the LDV G10 was the third best-selling in Australia in 2022. Its sales count of 3,159 placed behind the second-place Hyundai Staria Load (3,291) and the best seller. Toyota HiAce (8748).