Sales are rising for this under-the-radar Chinese large SUV

It doesn’t have a high profile on the market, however LDV D90 The seven-seater SUV has yet to hit the charts in 2022 – where it surpasses some well-known models, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Australian market sales data show that 1844 LDV D90s were sold by the end of May, up 285.8 per cent from the same period in 2021. This means that its market share in the mainstream large SUV segment has tripled from 1.1 percent to 3.7 percent. Percentage from year to date

Sales of the D90’s 1844 so far this year are ahead of several well-known competing products, including the Hyundai Palisade (1776) and Santa Fe (1589), the Zip Grand Cherokee (949), and the Skoda Kodiak (533). It is not one million miles away from Toyota Fortuner (2259).

Expect the growth curve to continue, as the year progresses. The D90 found 477 buyers in May, an increase of 418.5 percent, and the company has a short-term target of about 500 sales per month – stock level permits.

The LDV brand is part of the Shanghai-based company SAIC, which also owns MG. But the two brands have separate importers in Australia: in the case of MG it is an in-house operation, where LDV uses independent distributor Ateco, which also manages Renault and Maserati here.

The LDV is best known for its budget commercial vehicles: the T60 dual-cab UT, the G10 medium-sized van, and the larger Deliver 9. In contrast, the D90 is fairly and squarely targeted to value-conscious family buyers.

The D90 may seem like a bit of an overnight success, but it has been on sale for some time – from the end of 2017 to be specific. Since then it has sold only 262 units (2018), 264 units (2019), 715 units (2020), and 1576 (2021) for the whole year.

In the early days it was stuck with a lack of supply, which improved spontaneously.

Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager, LDV Australia, said: “This is a very expensive seven seater SUV … we just scratched the surface,” Care Expert This week, it was added that LDV was still not immune to global supply chain problems – which seems to be biting the T60 ute more strongly at the moment.

The LDV D90 Range Petrol opens at $ 36,990 drive-away for 2WD, topping the শ 49,990 drive-away for flagship Executive Diesel 4WD. Prices across the board will increase by $ 1000 from 1 July.

Engine choices are a 160kW and 350Nm 2.0-liter petrol, or a 158kW and 480Nm 2.0-liter diesel. The petrol is available in rear-wheel drive or 4WD with six-speed automatic, while the diesel only uses 4WD, an eight-speed auto and 3.1-ton towing capacity.

A claimed 5005 mm long and 1932 mm wide, it is actually a Smidgen larger in both cases than a Toyota Prado or Isuzu MU-X and has seven seats in all grades. It was also one of the first Chinese cars to achieve the feat of achieving a five-star ANCAP crash rating in 2017.

All D90 grades come with six airbags, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a proximity key, a 220V power outlet, 12-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay. LDV also offers a five year and 130,000 km warranty

We’re working on an LDV D90 so you can bring a review so we can see if it’s really good, so stay tuned.

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