Last week, Maxus Philippines joined the pick-up truck wars with the T60. Available in three distinct variants, the Maxus T60 comes with a plethora of standard features across the range like touchscreen infotainment, cruise control, four-wheel disc brakes, and rear aircon vents. It also has a towing capacity of 2,500 kg, the ability to carry over 1,000 kg worth of payload, and can wade through waters as high as 800mm.
Before its official launch in the country, we were originally expecting the T60 to be available with two turbo-diesel powerplants; a 2.0-liter twin-turbo (213 PS and 480 Nm) for top-of-the-line models, and the 2.8-liter single turbo for the lesser variants.
During the launch however, we were surprised to learn that they only brought one engine variant, the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel with VGT. It's good for 150 PS with 360 Nm of torque, and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
Curious as to why Maxus did not bring the more powerful engine that can rival the Ranger Wildtrak's (as well as the Ranger Raptor's) 2.0-liter bi-turbo, we asked Reginald See, General Manager of Maxus Philippines, as to why they only opted for the 2.8-liter motor.
“The 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine is not yet available in international markets due to regulations. We're not entirely sure if it has to do with emissions or something else entirely, but for now the T60 has the 2.8-liter VGT engine for the Philippines,” said See.
When asked if it will be available in the not so distant future, See said that they are still uncertain if it will indeed be offered in the Philippines. Moreover, he said that the 2.8-liter engine is already powerful enough to do every day duties.
“So as long as you hit a certain level, you will not need to use all that power in every day situations. It's powerful enough that you can drive it around and tow other vehicles and put stuff in it,” added See.
See reiterated that they are confident that the T60 is capable of being a workhorse and as a lifestyle vehicle without the need for a more powerful engine. They are also confident with its pricing as the entry-level version of the T60 starts at less than PhP 950,000.
With a price range spanning from PhP 948,000 to PhP 1,278,000, the T60 is affordable and has plenty to offer.