The Harris Group launched a range of new Maxus vans at an online press conference Motorhub attended today. The Irish group has the distribution rights for Ireland, the UK and all right hand drive European markets for the SAIC owned brand (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Malta and Cyprus). The Chinese sub brand began life in 2011 and now takes over the LDV brand that SAIC bought in 2009. Maxus enters the market with value for money at its core.
GM Mark Barrett talked us through its two new models built on two new platforms. The ’Deliver 9’ is conventionally powered while the electric ‘E Deliver 3’. Formerly known as the LDV EV30, the E Deliver 3 has been billed as the little brother to the LDV EV80, but is the first vehicle in the range that is only available as a fully electric model. The EV will have two battery size options with maximum ranges of 270km or 320km depending on battery size. CCS and Type2 charge sockets feature.
The Deliver 9 comes in standard and luxury grades. Power comes form a Euro 6d 2-litre 163hp/375nm turbodiesel engine. Standard safety specification includes ‘AEB’ autonomous emergency braking. Maxus says “a manual DPF regeneration button ensures the van runs at optimal levels, even during heavy traffic congestion and daily city driving. A feature that fleet managers will very much welcome”.
The Deliver 9 features a heavy-duty bulkhead and rear doors that open to 260 degrees for ease of loading. Extra features include low rear step, lashing rings, grab handles and an LED illuminated load compartment. Maxus went on to say “A touch-screen-enabled infotainment system (optional in conventional DELIVER 9 models and standard in luxury models) means that drivers can stay safely connected while on the road, while Apple Car Play and Android Auto ensure drivers have everything they need at their fingertips. The high-spec Luxury DELIVER 9 model also includes cutting-edge technology features such as mirror link, blind-spot monitors and keyless entry”.
Deliver 09 comes with a choice of front or rear wheel drive. Three body lengths are available: the Short is 5180mm, Medium 5546mm with the Long measuring 5940mm. Three roof heights also feature: Medium (2385mm), High (2535mm) and Extra High (2755mm). A number of body styles can be specified including a crew cab, chassis and minibus models.
Mark Barrett said: “MAXUS is a brand that is laying down a marker for the future of motoring. Today we are launching our new flagship LCV, the DELIVER 9, which exemplifies MAXUS’ focus on innovation, customisation and reputation. Everything about this van is of superior quality and showcases what we at MAXUS are all about. We want to give everyone a pure driving experience, every time.”
Deliver 9 pricing starts from €26,341 ex. VAT (RWD, Long hi-roof) and is available to order now for delivery July from Ireland’s 24 Maxus dealers. All MAXUS vehicles come with five years warranty or 200,000km and include five years roadside assistance cover as standard.