After tasting a fair amount of success with the Hector, MG India seems to be preparing its third product for the country. The second one is, of course, the ZS EV which is expected to be launched in Jan 2020. The third one we’re talking about here is the Maxus D90, a full-size, body-on-frame SUV. Maxus is another new brand owned by SAIC in China.
The D90 was spotted testing in India recently. When it is ready, it’ll go against the likes of the Ford Endeavour, an established player in the market and also against the segment King, the Toyota Fortuner.
In Australia, the Maxus D90 is sold as LDV D90. It looks business but nothing more attractive or head-turning than the aforementioned two players. My personal favorite design element is the chrome window line which joins the roof and becomes a roof rail.
Unlike the bland exterior, the interior looks more interesting with the use of materials, textures and colors. However, there’s no denying the BMW vibes here. In Australia, the features include an 8-inch MID, 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 8 speakers, 8-way electric adjustment for driver’s seat, multi-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Safety equipment includes 6 airbags, TPMS, Lane Departure Warning, Roll Movement Intervention, and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). The SUV has received 5 star rating in ANCAP tests.
Powering the Maxus D90 or LDV D90 is a 2.0-litre (1,995 cc) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that puts out 165 kW (224 hp) at 5,300 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 2,500 – 3,500 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels. There’s also a 4WD variant on offer.
Competition came and competition went, but the Fortuner still continues to rule the segment in India. It’s interesting to see what Maxus has to offer.
Source: LDV Australia, Team-BHP