Maxus has launched a successor to the LDV V80, updating the engine and chassis and changing the interior and exterior design.
The new Maxus Deliver 9 is built on an entirely new platform from Maxus owner SAIC and uses one of their own new 2-litre engines to meet Euro-6d emissions regulations, replacing the old 2.5-litre unit found in the V80. A new high-pressure diesel injection system with 2,000 bar is the main technical highlight of the new engine which is available with 163hp and 375Nm of torque. It also has a high-efficiency off-set crankshaft, and dual stage turbocharger.
Previously thought to be named the V90, the change of name accompanies the dropping of the LDV brand, with the vehicles now using the Maxus name since mid-April. Due to be unveiled at the CV Show, the Deliver 9 was instead revealed at an online event held by Dublin-based importer Harris Group and detailing the numerous changes to the large van.
GVW is 3.5 tonnes, ensuring the Deliver 9 has a payload in excess of 1,100kg with the highest payload capacity van capable of moving 1,360kg. Front- and rear-wheel-drive models will be available and like the eV80 an electric version is expected to join the line-up. Three wheelbase lengths will be available, with three roof heights and three body lengths.
Carrying capacity will range from 8 cu m to 13 cu m with load lengths from 2,650mm to 3,413mm and with a loadspace height from 1,724mm to 2,114mm. Overall width is 1,800mm, while the Deliver 9 will be able to fit 1,366mm between the wheel arches. A side loading door is fitted as standard, as well as an easy-clean cargo space floor. Other loadspace options include LED lighting and an electric sidestep.
Standard equipment across the range is high, with Maxus once again pitching their large van at the value segment. There are two trim levels, standard and Luxury, with the entry-level vans getting autonomous emergency braking, air conditioning and rear parking sensors as standard, along with 260-degree opening rear doors. On the inside, there is a piano black finish to the radically redesigned cab as well as faux carbonfibre trim. Top spec Luxury models get full LED headlights, keyless entry, blindspot monitoring and a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Its appearance will draw obvious comparisons to the Ford Transit van, but the Deliver 9 interior looks to be aiming at the higher end of the large van segment. The Deliver 9 will come with a five year, 125,000 mile warranty and include five years roadside assistance cover as standard.
Pricing is yet to be fully revealed but a long-wheelbase, rear-wheel-drive model, which will be toward the higher end of the spectrum, will cost £30,231 with deliveries commencing in July.