Information regarding upcoming LDV vehicles for Australia has landed on our desk, with confirmation that the Maxus GST electric ute and eDeliver 7 will be coming to local showrooms in the not-too-distant future.
The information comes from a national dealer bulletin. It says the GST (codename so far) will replace the T60 ute, with an electric version arriving first and “an ICE variant following sometime after”.
It also says LDV, headquartered in China and owned by SAIC Maxus Automotive, is now focusing development primarily on electric models first, with a business case required for the development of new internal combustion engine vehicles going forward.
In order to keep up with this new brand philosophy, LDV Australia urges all of its dealerships to convert to “EV Ready” configuration “ASAP”. At the moment 27 dealers around the country are categorised as EV Ready, according to the bulletin.
As for the eDeliver 7, it will come in to “replace both the G10 and V80” at some point. Exact specifications, trim and body styles, and timing has not been outlined in the bulletin.
We’d suggest the GST pickup truck could arrive after mid-2024, with the eDeliver 7 van likely later in the year or early in 2025. A trade mark for the eDeliver 7 name has been registered and filed in Australia to secure the badge.
No specifications have been confirmed as yet, however, LDV-Maxus in China unveiled the Maxus GST concept at the 2023 Auto Shanghai motor show just a couple of weeks ago (pictured below and at top).
It was pitched as featuring a quad-motor fully electric powertrain that produced an immense 746kW (1000hp) and 14,000Nm. The company suggested a 0-100km/h time of around 3.0 seconds.
The monster-power pickup also featured a semi-solid-state battery that could offer a range of 1000km. With that level of range you could expect a decent towing range as well, like around 500-600km.
As for the eDeliver 7, it features either a 77kWh battery with a range of around 363km, or an 88kWh battery that bumps range up to about 400km. Power is distributed to the front wheels via an electric motor that generates 150kW and 330Nm.
Again, Australian specifications are yet to be finalised but more info is likely to be announced later this year.