Saturday, March 7, 2020

Maxus T60 is the Newest Pick-Up Truck to Reckon With, Strengthening Light Commercial Vehicles Market in the Philippines

The Maxus T60 outdoor reveal was extra special with company executives behind the wheel (from left to right), Franz Decloedt Marketing Manager Maxus Ph, Felipe Estrella, Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. President, Arthur Tan AC Industrials Group President, and Reginald See Maxus Ph General Manager.

Maxus Philippines unveiled on March 5, 2020 the T60 4x2 Pro and 4x4 Elite pickups at off-road sites located in Arcovia grounds, Pasig City.  The launch was unique and extra special with the executives behind the wheel composed of Franz Decloedt Marketing Manager Maxus Ph, Felipe Estrella, Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. President, Arthur Tan AC Industrials Group President, and Reginald See Maxus Ph General Manager. The T60 4x2 Pro and 4x4 Elite are the latest additions to the growing line-up of Maxus Philippines’ commercial vehicles.


Felipe Estrella, Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. President.

"On June 5, 2019, AC Motors, the automotive distribution and retail group of Ayala subsidiary AC Industrials, introduced locally the Maxus brand, said Felipe Estrella, Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. President. 

Estrella continued, "From then on, the Filipino motorists got to know and experience Maxus’ 124 years of British heritage, British expertise and British excellence in the global commercial vehicle category. Moreover, the T60 pickup is produced by SAIC Motor which ranked among the top 10 automakers globally selling more than 7 million units in 2018. This is a testament to the global scale and acceptance of SAIC.”


Reginald See, Maxus Philippines General Manager.

“The addition of the T60 pickup to our growing model lineup strengthens our market foothold on the Light Commercial Vehicles’ category in the country as we now have virtually the entire range of models for business and lifestyle requirements—transporting people, cargo, or a combination of both in any road condition," said Reginald See, Maxus Philippines General Manager. He reveals, "More importantly, the T60 is packed with features at an entry level price. The pricing for the T60 highlights Maxus Philippines’ efforts to make a world class, feature packed and safe pickup be affordable for our customers.”

Watch the video of the Maxus T60 4x4 off-road demo:



The T60 is classified as a midsize pickup, and is the longest and widest in its class allowing varied requirements of cargo and passenger transport. The T60 is powered by a 2.8-liter diesel engine with Variable Geometry Turbocharger and Drive Mode Select that is mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission generating maximum power of 150Ps at 3,400rpm and maximum torque of 360Nm at 1,600-2,800rpm-- sufficient push and pull for a pickup.


Maxus T60 maxing it out with towing demo.

Standard features of the T60 include an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink, rear camera and rear sensors, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, rear air conditioning vents plus a wading depth of 800mm. The 4x4 Elite comes with the following additional features: LED headlamps and DRLs, Electronic Stabilisation Program, power driver seat adjustments, push start ignition, a larger 10-inch monitor for its infotainment system and automatic air conditioning. In terms of safety, the T60 comes standard with tire pressure monitoring system, front airbags, ISOFIX seats and immobilizer. 


Maxus T60 cockpit.

The T60 is one of the few models in the pick-up segment with a 5 year warranty (or 100,000 kms, whichever comes first). Moreover, the aftersales services are set to the "maximum" with a periodic maintenance service (PMS) interval schedule of the first 5,000 kms and every succeeding 15,000 kms or once a year, whichever comes first. This is more convenient and more cost-efficient compared to the industry-standard 5,000-km PMS interval. Maxus Philippines also offers a 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, a pick-up and delivery service for customers, and on-site servicing for corporate fleet accounts. 


Maxus T60 introductory prices.

The Maxus T60 4x2 Pro MT, 4x2 Pro AT, and 4x4 Elite AT are offered at special introductory prices of P948,000, P1,028,000, and P1,278,000, respectively. Available colors are Agate Red, Lava Gray, and Blanc White for the T60 4x2 Pro, and Olive Green and Aurora Silver for the T60 4x4 Elite. Obsidian Black is available for both variants.


Guests were able to test drive and experience the power, comfort, and overall performance of the T60 4x2 Pro and 4x4 Elite on several on- and off-road challenges set up in the venue.

For the on-road courses, there were specific driving exercises  such as Steering and Balance (obstacle course to test the precise steering and easy-to-control balance); Suspension (superb suspension articulation that can be useful in light trails and terrain); Braking (ample stopping power); Acceleration (stretched portion of the course showing the acceleration pull); Backing (ease of doing reverse maneuvers despite its long and wide body); Towing (hitched to a trailer, highlighting the pulling power); and, Hauling  (loaded with cargo and made to run around a slalom course).


Mud Pit was a 4-foot deep pit filled with mud showed the brute strength and water-wading capabilities.

For the off-road/4x4 exercises, these tests were experienced:  Hilltop (10-foot climb to a flat-top surface exhibited the climbing power); Mud Pit (4-foot deep pit filled with mud showed the brute strength and water-wading capabilities); Right- and Left-Hand Articulation (right and left sides of the T60 were alternately lifted and rolled to a 35-degree angle, showing the articulation capabilities on both sides); Elephant Holes (series of blocks, exhibiting its axle articulation and extreme wheel well gaps); and, V-Canal (two consecutive V-shaped lifts, exhibiting the extreme articulation capabilities).

Watch the video of Monchster's In-Car Interview with Franz Decloedt, Maxus Philippines Marketing Manager:




Maxus T60 comes in Agate Red, Lava Gray, and Blanc White for the T60 4x2 Pro, and Olive Green and Aurora Silver for the T60 4x4 Elite. 

Maxus T60 maximizes riding comfort.

For more information about Maxus Philippines' T60 4x2 Pro and 4x4 Elite, log on to www.maxus.com.ph. Like and follow Maxus Philippines’ Facebook page and Instagram account @maxusph. Maxus showrooms are located in Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Taguig South, Cebu and Iloilo.



Posted by Arabelle Jimenez
Photos by Monch Henares

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