There's a new player in town. It's called the D60, and it comes from Maxus.
What is the D60? And what can this new model from a brand that can trace its roots all the way to the UK bring to the highly competitive automobile market in the Philippines?
The Maxus D60 Compact SUV
Maxus Philippines, the official distributor of the Maxus brand under Ayala's AC Motors, introduced the D60 in the country. The highly anticipated model is a compact SUV and joins the growing and Maxus line up which includes the versatile V80 van, the tough T60 pick-up, the stylish G50 MPV, and the G10 that even has a dealer option suited for the elderly and PWDs with its motorized swivel seat.
There are two versions of the D60 available: the 1.5T Pro and the 1.5T Elite. What can these variants of the D60 offer for customers that are in the market for a new compact SUV? Let us count the ways.
Turbo driving fun
Feel the need for speed? This compact SUV is ready to feed your desire to drive.
By compact SUV standards, the engine may seem small with its 1.5 liters of displacement. Don't let the size fool you though as the D60 packs quite a punch, and that's because the engine has a direct injection gasoline system for better efficiency and more complete combustion. Together with a turbo and an intercooler, all variants of the D60 have 169 PS and 250 Newton meters of torque.
But that's not all as Maxus matched the engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that can manage all that power and send it to the front wheels. For confident cornering and driving, the D60 has fully independent suspension, and disc brakes on all four wheels.
Yes, this compact SUV is a pound-for-pound contender that punches way above its weight class for the performance it has to offer, and the efficiency that will save you money every time you fill up at the pump.
All the convenience and safety you need
What if there was a compact SUV within your budget that can give you all that you need and want in a daily drive?
If you demand a light drive, then you'll need electronic power steering. If driving long distances on expressways is your thing, then you'll want cruise control. If you want to play your Spotify playlist, you'll need Bluetooth or a USB port. If it's a hot day and your passengers in the back need A/C, then you'll need vents there. If you demand top level safety features, then you'll need ABS, stability control, parking sensors, multiple airbags all around, and more.
In the D60, all these and more are standard, and that's because Maxus wants you to have the most convenient drive possible. It even has things like an electronic parking brake with autohold for traffic, a tire pressure monitoring system, and even ISOFIX anchors for those child seats.
Seven seats for much less
What if we told you that there was a much more affordable option if you're in the market for a seven-seater compact SUV? If that's the case, then here is an option that may suit your needs.
Maxus has joined the ranks of compact SUVs that feature a third row with the D60 Elite. While customers can opt for the 5-seater D60 Pro, those that need an extra two seats can try out the D60 Elite which has a third-row cleverly engineered into the rear of the vehicle. Better yet, all of the D60's seats -be it the front seats, the middle row, and even the third row- can be reclined to the occupant's liking.
And here's the best bit: the price of the D60 Elite 7-seater is very competitive when compared to similar compact 7-seater SUVs, giving this Maxus a value advantage on the showroom floor.
If seating isn't your priority but cargo space is, then the Maxus D60 has you perfectly covered.
The D60 is already a spacious compact SUV, even in the 5-seater configuration with plenty of space in the back. There are also storage compartments under the floor of the cargo area, generating even more space for other items you may need to have in the vehicle at all times with you.
But the real trick up the D60's sleeve is the way the seats can tuck down. Unlike some competitors, this Maxus has been designed from the ground up to be a properly functional and versatile compact SUV. Whether you're looking at the 5-seater Pro or the 7-seater Elite, all of the rear seats can fold fully flat, creating a continuous load space for larger items.
So, if you took advantage of a 3-Day Sale or suddenly had to pick up some goods for your business, the Maxus D60 can handle it.
Affordable curb appeal
The performance, features, seating capacity, and flexibility may be the key points that make the Maxus D60 Pro or D60 Elite a great drive to suit your every day, what this Maxus has is undeniable curb appeal.
You'll be drawn to the D60 by its avant-garde presence with the proud grille, the high-tech split headlamps, and LED daytime running lamps. The shape commands attention with the wide, modern compact SUV silhouette. The details attract the eye like the side panels that feature unique character lines, further accentuated by the large 17-inch wheels on the Pro or the even larger 18-inch alloys on the Elite.
And then there are the exclusive color options to choose from. Warm Argent and Warm White are common for all variants, but the D60 Pro is available in Wace Red, Metal Black. The more upmarket D60 Elite, however, levels it up further with Polar Ash and Competitive Orange color choices.
Yes, with the D60, you've got a solid compact SUV that not only fits your life but fits your style as well.
The Maxus D60 is now available at any of the 8 Maxus dealerships nationwide with Mandaluyong, Quezon Avenue, Taguig South, Alabang, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Cagayan de Oro. And there are more dealerships on the way.