February 21, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Maxus D60 Elite & Pro

More Than a Best Effort

The all-new Maxus D60 mid-size crossover is, without a doubt, the most attractive and alluring product that the brand has ever produced since full production began in 2011 in Shanghai, China. That is also taking into consideration all the vehicles produced in the past, which were mostly commercial, and before SAIC Motors purchased Leyland DAF Vans (LDV Group Limited) from Birmingham, England in 2010.

It only makes sense that SAIC Motors would maximize on its assets to reduce costs and increase reliability/dependability to optimize profits. SAIC builds and sells multiple vehicles under a variety of brands that they own as well as manufacture as partners for General Motors (Buick, Chevrolet, and Opel until it was sold to the Stellantis Group), Baojin, Maxus, Morris Garage (MG), Roewe, Iveco, Škoda, Volkswagen, Wuling, and Yuejin. So literally, SAIC has all the economies of scale at their disposal: technology, expertise, research, development, state backing and financing to successfully produce great vehicles at very competitive pricing. One example of this excellent alchemy is SAIC’s own new 10-speed EDU II automatic gearbox, which consists of 6 speeds for the gasoline engine and 4 speeds for the electric motor which will be used in their new hybrid vehicles.

Much like the Maxus G50 MPV, which shares the same overachieving joint Opel and SAIC-designed direct injection 1.5-liter intercooled turbo engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that are also used in MG vehicles sold in our market, the very well designed D60 distances itself by using the new extended longer wheelbase (+60 mm) chassis with fully independent suspension on all corners first applied to the MG/Roewe RX5 Max which is not sold in our Philippine market.

So, the Maxus D60 is 102 mm longer, 36 mm wider, and 6 mm taller than the MG RX5. The top spec MG RX5 Alpha costs P40,888,00 more than the current top-range Maxus D60 Elite and provides only the panoramic roof as an advantage. The D60 Elite is not just better looking, even more equipped, and larger with an extra 2-adult capacity in the third-row but it even rides with more comfort and grip thanks to larger 235/55R18 100V Dunlop ST30 Grandtrek tires on unique complex alloys compared to the simpler units on the RX5 wrapped with Michelin Primacy 3ST 235/50R18 97W tires. The D60 Pro comes with more somber 17-inch alloys wrapped with 215/65R17 99V Hankook DynaPro HP2 tires.

We tested both the Maxus D60 Pro (P1,148,000.00) in Wace Red, and Elite (P1,258,000.00) in its signature Competitive Orange. For P110,000 more than the Pro variant, the D60 Elite is worth every cent of the difference and then some. Let me count the ways; let’s begin with the fabulous cobweb front grille, full LED lighting for both front and rear (sequential too!), an impressively dressed engine bay with hood struts, a genuine dual exhaust that matches the exit pipes with the angled chrome rear bumper bezels, tasteful standard stepboards, contrasting stitched leather variable seating for 7 adults, an electric rearview mirror, smart key with push start ignition, powered mirrors, red painted brake calipers, and additional front parking sonar. Both models come with 5 year or 100,000 kms warranty (whichever comes first).

Maxus D60 Pro

 

Maxus D60 Pro

The Maxus D60 Elite is the very best full-featured mid-size crossover in its class. At the moment, the Maxus D60 Elite is the most spacious, most comprehensive, and most balanced in packaging in the enormous field of crossovers in our market. It has everything we liked about the MG RX5 Alpha and more for less money.

 

Maxus D60 Elite:

 

Maxus D60 Pro:

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1498 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 166 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 184 lb-ft @ 1700-4300 rpm
Transmission 7-speed DCT

Performance

Top Speed 200 km/h (125 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 9.8 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 7 L/100 kms overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,258,000.00
What's Great Outstanding value, well-appointed, surprising athleticism, comfortable, and very good-looking.
What's Not So Some modest trim issues, fairly dark parking video output, belligerent transmission, no free PMS.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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