Maxus may be a young brand in the country, but they are determined to make an impression here. Following the launch of the G50 MPV, the company is ready to roll out the D60 crossover. But what exactly is it? And what are its competitors?
The Maxus D60 is classified as a compact crossover, although its dimensions put it somewhere in between the aforementioned segment and midsize SUVs. At 4,720 mm long, it's about the same length as a first-generation Toyota Fortuner. That means it's longer than most offerings in its class, namely the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. It's even longer than its compatriots, the Chery Tiggo 8, GAC GS4, and Geely Azkarra by a significant margin. With dimensions like that, we're expecting the D60 to offer plenty of cabin and cargo space.
Does this mean the D60 will be available with seven seats? After all, it's one of the biggest (if not, the biggest) models in its class. Looking at the China-spec D60, it is possible. Over there, the crossover is available in five, six, and seven-seat configurations. Should Maxus Philippines bring in the three-row version, it will be one of the few models in its class to offer space for seven. Other compact crossovers to offer that are the CR-V, X-Trail, and Tiggo 8.
Now, for the engines, and there are two options. In China, the entry-level D60 is powered by a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine with 163 PS and 230 Nm of torque. However, that engine can only be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. As for the seven-speed dual-clutch D60, that version uses a 1.5-liter turbo that makes 169 PS and 250 Nm of torque. We're pretty certain the dual-clutch version will land in the country, but it is yet to be known if Maxus Philippines will offer the manual as well. All-wheel drive is also available.
As for the subject of price, Maxus Philippines isn't getting into specifics just yet. However, they did say that it will be priced like a subcompact crossover. Looking at the current market, that could mean the D60 could hover around the Php 900,000 to 1,200,000 range. If so, the D60 might just be a tempting proposition for those looking for a (not so) compact crossover.