The new SUV on the block
Some weeks ago, Ayala-owned auto brand, Maxus, unveiled its newest model, the D60. Being the first SUV in a lineup composed of MPVs, vans, and pickups, it hopes to offer all the same appealing qualities in a more popular form factor.
There are five reasons this new SUV is worth a look, and possibly test drive at the comfort of your own home.
When it was first being developed, the D60 was originally called the Maxus Tarantula Concept, intended to be a bold, active, and dynamic urban vehicle for young professionals and growing families. Much of the concept’s standout design touches are still there, particularly the octagonal front grille, accentuated by the Elite variant’s cobweb grille pattern and matrix-style full LED headlights and streamer tail lights. It’s paired with 18-inch alloy wheels.
- Space that’s safe
Designed to maximize space without compromizing safety, the D60’s shell is built with Double Layer Welding Technology to ensure the overall strength and quality of its exterior structure.
These are complemented by an extensive set of safety features made up of dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, auto brake hold, electronic stability control, hill-hold control (aka hill-start assist), parking sensors, reverse camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Maxus also lets customers get the D60 variant that best suits them. The SUV comes in two seating capacity options: a five-seater for the 1.5T Pro and a seven-seater for the 1.5T Elite. The seats themselves can also be stowed or folded in a variety of ways, allowing families to fit even the bulkiest cargo.
- Powerful but efficient
Powering the D60 is an engine at par with what European car brands offer. It’s propelled by a 1.5-liter, direct-injection turbo inline-four. It produces 169-PS at 5,500 rpm and 250-Nm of torque at 1700 – 4300 rpm. It connects to a sporty seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that delivers quick and efficient shifting whether on manual or automatic mode.
The driver enjoys a wealth of information with a unique instrument cluster combining analog dials and a large, multi-function LCD screen in a trapezoidal shape.
- High-tech interiors
It’s not all about the driver. The D60 wants its passengers pampered as well. As such, it comes in either fabric or leather seats. Its modern dashboard features a tablet on the center console that houses an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with soft-touch controls. Its uniquely-designed climate control system is even easier to adjust to the ideal setting.
For entertainment, it comes with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and channels sound through a six-speaker sound system.
- Easy ownership
Naturally, some buyers may be apprehensive about buying a new brand like Maxus. This is why Maxus offers these 5 “Max Solid” assurances. Maxus Philippines steps up its game with its pledge to care for its customers through its five-point VehiCare Programs.
First of all, the D60 comes with a five-year warranty or 100,000-km program, it includes five-years free Emergency Roadside Assistance (ERA), the brand’s Parts Management System ensures parts stocks availability of up to five months with Enhanced Service Quality for onsite and virtual product support and home service or pick-up and delivery. Finally, it has a low cost of maintenance making it 22-percent more affordable versus other brands over 5 years.
The Maxus D60 is offered in two variants: Pro (P1,148,000)and Elite (P1,258,000). Maxus dealers will be happy to offer the vehicle in colors like Competitive Orange, Metal Black, Polar Ash (Elite exclusive), Wace Red (Pro exclusive), Warm Argent, and Warm White.