The short and long of it
The Johannesburg International Motor Show 2013 ended at the beginning of this week, on October 27, but new developments resulting from the show will keep the industry abuzz for some time to come. One of these is that the current range of four Maxus V80 2.5T long-wheelbase models will soon be complemented by three short-wheelbase derivatives.
Craig Lanham-Love, chief operating officer at Maxus South Africa, has announced that low-roof, short-wheelbase versions will be officially launched early next year.
“The introduction of the V80 short-wheelbase models forms part of our plan to establish Maxus locally as a brand that offers affordable quality, reliable and dependable motoring, safety and value for money in terms of maintenance and service,” Lanham-Love points out.
He adds that the short-wheelbase models will be available in seven-seat luxury, ten-seat standard and panel van configurations. “They will be competitively priced and will complement our current long-wheelbase range that includes a luxury people carrier, an everyday people carrier, a logistics vehicle and a dropside carrier.”
Just like their long-wheelbase siblings, the short-wheelbase derivatives are all powered by the same four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which offers 100 kW of power at 3 800 r/min and 330 Nm at 1 800 r/min – delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed transmission.
Maxus claims that these shortened movers will sip fuel at 7,4 l/100 km, emitting 230 g of CO2 per km. All the vehicles have 15 000 km service intervals, are available with a three-year/100 000 km service plan and require a standard code B licence.