Arguably one of the most stacked segments in the Philippine automotive landscape just got even more competitive, with Maxus Philippines’s launch of the all-new 2020 Maxus T60.
This new ute has now officially penetrated the market, and it’ll go up against the likes of the Toyota Hilux, the Mitsubishi Strada, the Nissan Navara, and the Ford Ranger. If you want to read about our first impressions of the new Maxus T60 pickup, you can click here. But if you want to know more about the specifics, then you’ve come to the right place.
This thing is pretty massive—it’s 5,365mm long, 1,900mm wide, 1,809mm tall, and has a 3,155mm wheelbase. The only truck longer than the Maxus T60 is the SsangYong Musso Grand. But it isn’t as tall as the others, either, which could have been a move to improve the truck’s handling. Make no mistake, however, as it still has 800mm of wading depth—which puts it among the class leaders—despite that slight lack in height.
As for its styling, there’s really nothing too aggressive that stands out, but it’s not boring either. The front fascia is complemented well by the creases around the body for a pretty macho look. Some may find the face a bit bland, but it’s refreshing to see an entirely new face in the pickup segment.
The truck sits on 17-inch alloy wheels and has a wide selection of colors to boot. These include Obsidian Black, Lava Gray, Blanc White, Agate Red, Olive Green, and Aurora Silver—the last two are exclusive to the T60’s top-spec variant.
The simple styling from the outside is carried into the cabin, with a combination of gray and black trims around. Not too many soft-touch materials here, but the top-spec 4x4 T60 does get you leather seats with six-way power adjustment. You only get manually-adjustable fabric seats with the two 4x2 variants. One nifty addition to this interior, though, is the rear A/C vent—the importance of which we Filipinos know very well, especially during the summer.
Engine and specs
The Maxus T60 packs a pretty potent engine, too, with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel that generates 148hp @ 3,400rpm and 360Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,800rpm. This powertrain is mated to either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, and both 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains are available. The truck may not pack as much power as its competitors, but it still boasts a decent 2,500kg towing capacity and a 1,010-1,040kg load capacity.
Its suspension setup is comprised of double wishbones up front and leaf springs at the rear, and stopping power is provided by four disc brakes. Its fuel tank can load up to 75 liters of fuel.
In the entertainment department, there are two options for the infotainment system: a 7-inch or a 10-inch touchscreen, both of which have two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and MirrorLink. The bigger digital display is complemented by six speakers, while the smaller one only has four. Both audio setups can be controlled through the steering multifunction steering wheel, which is a standard feature across the range.
Other standard goodies include cruise control, ABS with EBD, reversing camera with sensors, and keyless entry. If you end up opting for the top-of-the-line T60, you’ll also get an electronic stabilization program, a tire pressure monitoring system, push-start ignition, and automatic climate control on top of the 10-inch screen that’ll be mounted front and center.
The Maxus T60 also offers three drive modes: First is Eco mode, which can be used on paved roads when the bed has little to no load, allowing for better fuel economy. Second is Normal mode, which can be used when traversing gravel. Last is Power mode, which increases power by 5% (and fuel consumption by 2%) and can be used to haul heavy cargo or when tackling tricky terrain.
This is where the T60 probably impresses the most. In case you missed our launch story, you can click here. As for the full price list, check it out below. Take note that all Maxus T60 variants come with a P50,000 discount for this introductory period.
2020 Maxus T60
- Maxus T60 4x2 Pro MT – P998,000
- Maxus T60 4x2 Pro AT – P1,078,000
- Maxus T60 4x4 Elite AT – P1,328,000
What do you think of the new Maxus T60? Are you willing to give this Chinese pickup truck a chance and see how it stacks up against the competition?