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Maxus D60 is launched with pricing starting at P1,148,000

Available in five- and seven-seat versions

The D60 is Maxus's first SUV offering in the country. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

The Maxus D60 is a striking-looking midsize SUV, and it has finally landed on our shores. The vehicle looks unlike anything its competition offers, with the automaker positioning it to be a value-for-money contender in its segment.

Large vehicles don't usually come in bright colors, but the red paint job works here. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The variant you see here is the five-seater Pro sporting the Wace Red paint job. This color has deep luster in the finish, working well with the contours of the bodywork, especially in late-afternoon light. The car has a commanding presence on the road thanks to the large front grille and the daytime running lights. The (literally) sharp rear lightbar completes the look of this SUV.

Maxus has put so much effort into good design. It shows. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

As we mentioned, the Pro comes as a five-seater, offering plenty of comfort and room for passengers in both rows. You’ll find that it’s also up-to-date with modern tech such as a digital gauge cluster and an eight-inch infotainment system that offers a reverse camera with parking sensors. There’s also plenty of space at the back for all your cargo needs.

The large screens contribute to the dash's uncluttered look. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

If you need to carry seven passengers, the Elite is the one you want. This time, all seats are leather-wrapped. Other luxuries reserved for this variant include a push-start system, power folding mirrors, exclusive colors such as Competitive Orange and Polar Ash, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and what Maxus calls a “Cobweb Design” grille, reminiscent of more upmarket brands like Lexus.

The turbocharged engine may be small, but it promises efficiency. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Both trim levels of the D60 come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out a respectable 167hp and 250Nm. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, this gasoline mill should be more than enough to bring you around the city and get up to speed on the highway with ease. This combination will also allow the D60 to sip fuel and be friendlier on your wallet.

Not a bad way to mark your entry into the competitive midsize SUV segment. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Prices have been pegged at P1,258,000 for the Elite and P1,148,000 for the Pro.

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Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.