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SAIC Maxus Territory SUV Launched In China With Starting Price Of 36,300 USD

Wapcar Automotive News –  Tell Me More The Maxus Territory is SAIC’s body-on-frame SUV, launched in China on the same day as the BAIC BJ60. The two off-roaders are sure to become fierce competitors. The territory offers a 2-liter ICE engine with 218 horsepower, part-time 4WD, and a price tag of RMB 259,800 ($36,300).

First, let’s talk a little bit about the name Maxus Territory. In some previous articles, we referred to this medium as ‘Lingdi’. It’s just a transliteration of his Chinese name ‘领地’ which means ‘territory’. But then we decided to use the translation of his name carefully, because it was clearer and sounded better. So please welcome Maxus territory launched in Maxus Malaysia.

Originally, the Maxus brand was established as the LDV Group as a British truck manufacturer in 1993. It has come a long way over the years. In 2006, it changed hands from Rover and Leyland DAF to the Russian GAZ. It then passed to Eco Concept and ended under China’s SAIC in 2010. If you’re wondering where the name “Maxus” came from, it came from a series of pickup trucks, introduced in 2004. 

Anyway, now Maxus is a Chinese brand. It produces a wide variety of crossovers, vans and pickup trucks. It is based on the Maxus T90 pickup truck. As a result, the two models also share similar styling features such as large grilles, wide wheel arches, sharp running lights and high-beam headlights mounted on the front bumper. It should also be recalled that Maxus has another off-road SUV called the D90 Pro. Its platform, dimensions and powertrain are similar to those of the Territory. But on the outside, the D90 Pro looks like a family SUV, while the Territory is positioned as a heavy-duty all-terrain vehicle.

In terms of dimensions, the size of the Maxus Territory is 5046/2016/1876 mm with a wheelbase of 2950 mm. For comparison, the Territory is 6mm longer, 61mm wider and 49mm lower than the BAIC BJ60. Seen from the side, you can notice that this territory also has clear roads. It reaches 230mm with approach and exit angles of 28 and 26 degrees respectively. And, compared to the BJ60, the Territory doesn’t have a low-link suspension. 

The Interior 

The territory’s interior looks a bit boring with many gray plastic materials. But it looks much more attractive when finished with brown color. It also has two 12.3-inch screens. The first one is for the dashboard and the second one is the home screen. We were also able to highlight this car’s block air vents, physical button set and two wireless phone chargers.

Territory comes with several interior accessories. It can have 5, 6 and 7 seats. The front seats of the car are equipped with heating, ventilation and massage functions, while the second row is only heated in the 5- and 7-seat versions. Particularly for the 2nd row of 6 seats are 2 independent captain seats with heating and massage functions. But there is no ventilation at all. The Territory interior also receives a good sound system with 12 JBL speakers.

Powertrain and pricing

The turbocharged diesel petrol engine powers the Maxus Territory. It is linked to a mild hybrid system (48V). As for the power offered, it reaches 218 hp (160 kW) and up to 500 Nm of torque. The Maxus doesn’t share its 0 to 100 acceleration, but it does share that the Territory will accelerate from 0-50 km/h in 3.5 seconds and its top speed will be capped at 175. km/h. This ICE will work with 8AT. Just like the BJ60, the Maxus Territory has part-time 4WD with three differential locks. In addition, it has 10 off-road modes. So it’s a good off-roader for sure.

The price range of the Maxus territory is from 259,800 to 279,800 RMB (36,300 and 39,100 USD). In terms of price, it is still close to the BAIC BJ60. But which of these two SUVs is the best?

It seems that the Maxus Territory is a better off-roader with more torque and ground clearance, while the BAIC BJ60 is a more luxurious car. But only the future will know which SUV will get the most love from potential buyers. We’ll keep an eye on it, so stay tuned!

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