Back in December, we told you that Maxus Philippines was going to launch a pickup truck called the T60 in the first quarter of this year. That has come to pass today, as the local distributor of the Chinese commercial vehicle brand officially released the newest mechanical workhorse in our market.
The T60 is the twin model of the MG Extender, a pickup that is also expected to be brought in by MG Philippines (which presumably gave way to Maxus so the latter could introduce the T60 first in our territory). Both Maxus and MG are owned by SAIC Motor, but have different importers and sellers in the country (Ayala Corporation for Maxus and The Covenant Car Company for MG).
Under the hood of the T60 is a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine rated at 148hp (150ps) and 360Nm, and mated to either a six-speed automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission. Here are the basic specs of the Maxus truck:
There are three T60 variants for our market: the Pro 4×2 MT, the Pro 4×2 AT and the Elite 4×4 AT. Some of the standard features these variants share among themselves include front and rear fog lamps, rear air-conditioning vents, reverse sensors and camera, and an infotainment system that has CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity. The upgrades found on the 4×4 version include LED headlamps with daytime running lights, push-start button, and electronic stability program.
All variants have a water-wading depth of 800mm and a towing capacity of 2,500kg.
The 4×2 variants are available in Agate Red, Lava Gray, Obsidian Black and Blanc White. The lone 4×4 variant, meanwhile, can be had in Olive Green, Aurora Silver and Obsidian Black.
Here are the prices:
- Elite 4×4 AT – P1,328,000
- Pro 4×2 AT – P1,078,000
- Pro 4×2 MT – P998,000
The good news is that, for a limited period, the T60 will be offered with an introductory discount of P50,000. This means that early buyers can take home these variants for P1,278,000 (4×4 AT), P1,028,000 (4×2 AT) and P948,000 (4×2 MT).
These are undeniably competitive prices. Give this pickup a quick shakedown so you can see for yourself if it’s worth the above-mentioned prices. A directory of Maxus dealerships can be found here.