Last December, several units of the Maxus T60 arrived at a port in Batangas. With that arrival came Maxus Philippines’ confirmation that the pickup will indeed be launched in the first quarter of 2020. Now, we finally know exactly when the launch will happen.
It’s scheduled for March 5, 2020, as indicated in the latest invite we received from Maxus. While that does sound like good news for the people who’ve been waiting for this truck’s arrival, its makers have conveniently left out important details about the vehicle—the specs.
The only details we have about what’s under the hood is that there’ll be both manual and automatic transmissions available, as well as 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. As for the powertrain that’ll come with the T60, we’re still thinking we might get the 136hp, 360Nm 2.8-liter turbodiesel available in other markets.
Based on those numbers, the T60’s outputs are significantly lower than that of its competitors like the Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Strada, and Toyota Hilux. In terms of power—at least on paper, that is—it only comes close to the Ford Ranger’s 2.2-liter engine that’s available outside of the Raptor and Wildtrak variants. Then again, we still don’t know how much the Maxus T60 will be priced here in the Philippines as well, so we still can’t say how the pickup will actually compare to other vehicles in its segment.
What’s your take? Do you think the Maxus T60 will do well in the local pickup wars? Share your thoughts in the comments.