Seems like a potential rival to the segment leader Toyota Fortuner is in the making and could soon head to India under the SAIC brand. While the Chinese auto giant, SAIC is gearing up for its debut in India, the company is currently prepping to launch Maxus D90 SUV back home. Set for a launch this October, the model is aimed at middle and high-end SUV markets. Read More – Upcoming MG Motors Cars In India
Also sold in Australia under the LDV D90 nameplate, it is built on the ladder-frame underpinnings used in T60 pickup. Dimensionally, it is 5,005mm in length, 1,932mm in width and 1,875mm in height. Referred as the ‘full size intelligent customisable SUV’ by SAIC Maxus, it sits on a long wheelbase which measures 2,950mm. While it has large proportions, and offers a bunch of customisation options, the SUV packs a host of advanced tech including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, 360-degree camera and autonomous emergency braking to name a few. In addition to the above-mentioned features it also gets an ‘intelligent-connected’ system, developed jointly by SAIC Motor and Alibaba Group. The system can be accessed through a 12.3-inch dash-top screen which enables making auto payment, streaming music online, online navigation, remote control, voice interaction, interaction with sports cameras, drones and balance bikes.
SAIC Maxus D90 SUV
Under the hood, Maxus D90 uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with peak power of 221bhp against 360Nm of torque. The petrol unit comes with a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It will additionally get a four-wheel drive system. One must note that the fuel consumption for the D90 SUV is rated at 11.24kmpl.
Furthermore, the SUV can be customized as per one’s wish by choosing from a wide variety of bespoke options which include four grilles, nine paint options for exterior, three colour options for interior scheme, ten-wheel options with sizes ranging from 17-21 inch and a set of exhaust tips.