SAIC began selling its flagship Maxus T90 pickup in China on March 31 at prices ranging from 129,800 to 299,800 yuan ($ 19,800-45,700). The most expensive was the electric version with 130 kW (177 hp; 310 Nm) with an 88.55 kWh battery and a range of 535 km (NEDC). The base T90 is equipped with a 2.0 turbodiesel (163 hp, 400 Nm), “mechanics” and “automatic” (both boxes have six stages). The most capable version uses a biturbo diesel 2.0 (218 hp, 500 Nm), the same “mechanics” and an eight-band “automatic” ZF. Not all versions have a choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
In China, the model received the nickname Niu (Nu), which can be translated as “cattle” or “bull” (Bull). The size of the T90 repeats the younger brother T70, whose modification it is: length – 5365-5680 mm, width – 1900-1960, height – 1809-1845, wheelbase – 3155-3470 mm.
The five-seat Double Cab has no alternative. The length of the cargo platform is 1485-1800 mm, the width is 1510, the height of the sides is 530. The carrying capacity is not named (about 500 kg). Clearance – 220 mm.
A tandem of a digital dashboard (10.25 inches) and the main touchscreen (12) “looks” at the driver. The console is also rotated, so the two-tone “leather” interior is asymmetrical. There are four transmission modes (2H, 4H, Auto, 4L), as well as Eco, Normal, Power algorithms.
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In general, the T90 turned out to be a copy of the T70 with a more aggressive design, enriched equipment and an increased price. “The ninetieth” will definitely get out of China, since the MG brand has already announced the updated Extender at the Bangkok auto show. It is known that the pickups assembled in Thailand will be shipped to Australia. The main competitor of Maxus in many markets is the GWM Pickup brand with the Poer model, which also has an electric version.