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The new Maxus Deliver 9 van range has arrived with UK dealers, initially in rear-wheel drive form, but with front-wheel drive models to follow.... Maxus Deliver 9 Luxury RWD Long/High

Basic price £32,500 Engine 4-cyl 1,996cc Power 163bhp @ 4,000 Torque 375Nm  

Weights (kg)
GVW 3,500 Kerb weight 2,360 Payload 1,140 Max trailer weight 2,800

Dimensions (mm)
Load space length 3,413 Load space width 1,800 Load space height 1,792 Width between w/arches 1,366 Load volume 10.97 

Cost considerations
Fuel tank capacity 80 Combined fuel consumption 24.4mpg Carbon dioxide emissions 256g/km (WLTP) Oil Change 1 year/18,645 miles  Warranty 5 years/ 125,000 miles 

Maxus Deliver 9
The new Maxus Deliver 9 van range has arrived with UK dealers, initially in rear-wheel drive form, but with front-wheel drive models to follow. Similarly, all vans come with a six-speed manual gearbox to start with, though an automatic is promised for the future.

Maxus is of course the new name for what was formerly known as LDV, bringing the UK into line with other countries around the world that have been using the Maxus brand for some time. Maxus is part of the Chinese SAIC automotive company, which also sells the MG range of cars here and is expected to expand its LCV offering with additional vans and a pick-up over the coming months.

In fairness, the Deliver 9 is such a giant step forward over the previous LDV V80 van, that a brand name change is no bad idea. Certainly, the revised line-up is appealing to a growing number of dealers (see box).

We’ll leave you to make your own mind up about the styling, there are certainly recognisable influences in there, but the Deliver 9 looks fresh and purposeful, with that massive front grille and slightly flared wheel arches.

What’s behind the grille is equally new, with Maxus creating its first Euro 6d compliant diesel engine. The 2.0-litre motor delivers a competitive 163hp, with 375Nm of torque. 

The van has three drive modes, Eco, Normal and Power, with switches on the dash for Eco and Power as it always starts in Normal. Drop to Eco for urban use and you can’t really feel a difference, although you should be saving fuel. It does feel a bit lacking in output as you get to faster roads though. Switch Eco off and the van returns to its normal output, which is enough for most conditions. However, if you are running fully laden in hilly terrain, flicking to Power does give the full 163hp for maximum acceleration and plenty of pulling power.

The Deliver 9 also comes with a manual regeneration button for the diesel particulate filter (DPF). This Luxury model even shows how full the DPF is on the 10” touchscreen, allowing the driver to burn off particulate matter in plenty of time to prevent the DPF clogging in urban use.

The six-speed manual gearbox is smooth and easy to use. However, this long and high rear-wheel drive model did seem to have a fairly low final drive ratio, resulting in slightly higher rpm at motorway speeds. While the engine noise was never intrusive, indeed it is commendably quiet, that does result in fairly thirsty fuel consumption. Though straight out of the box, this demo van struggled to better 25mpg on a half-laden trip across the UK, though it was particularly windy and wet throughout.

The van comes in two trim levels, Standard and Luxury. That said, even the standard model gets air conditioning, eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), a full steel bulkhead, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth, eCall and a Lane Departure Warning system.

Move up to Luxury specification and you add a 10” touchscreen, 16” alloys, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist, LED headlights, tyre pressure monitoring, parking sensors front and rear and a reversing camera. It’s certainly a comprehensive package.

However, just one grumble for those drivers taking on longer journeys will be that the radio doesn’t have RDS, so it will need to be retuned occasionally as you travel around the country.

The rear-wheel drive vans will come in long and high, or long and extra high roof variants. When they arrive, front-driven models will be offered in short with medium roof, medium with high roof, long with high roof, or long and extra high. There are also two chassis cabs on offer, both with rear-wheel drive, on the medium and longer wheelbases. Load volumes run from 8.1m3 through to 12.3m3.

The vans have a massive side door, offering easy access to the front of the load compartment. At the rear the doors open to 260° to make it easy for a fork lift to access the back. However, while the rear hinges have a slight detent to hold the doors at 90°, they could also do with some form of hinge strap, as the rear doors will blow completely open in stronger winds.

So, the van drives well and it offers plenty of accessible load space. As an ownership proposition, things are also looking positive. While regular servicing is set at a fairly conservative 1 year/18,645 miles (30,000km), the vans come with a 5 year/125,000-mile warranty. That also includes five years of Maxus roadside assistance within the UK and Northern Ireland.

A Standard trim, long and high, rear-wheel drive Deliver 9 will set you back just over £30,000, while this Luxury trim model takes that to £32,500. With a growing dealer network keen to make the most of these new vans and a rapidly expanding offer from Maxus itself, including electric vans, the company is aiming high. Deliver 9 certainly takes the fight to the competition.

“The vans have a massive side door, offering easy access”

Dealer profile: Ransome Van Centre, Ipswich

One company keen to make the most of the move to Maxus branding is dealer Ransome Van Centre in Ipswich, Suffolk. The company, established in 1981, is a Carrier Transicold dealer in the heavy goods market, primarily operating from purpose-built premises in Colchester.

Utilising its engineering expertise, Ransome is also a Motability Solutions provider, offering used wheelchair-accessible cars and light commercial vehicles. It had been a service outlet for LDV too, but never a sales outlet, until opening the new premises in Ipswich in January 2020.

The site is currently undergoing a major upgrade, including building a specialist electric van showroom for the Maxus e-Deliver 3.

“Maxus gave us the opening that we needed to get into the light commercial vehicle market,” said Dave Middleton, dealer principle. “We’ll be looking after Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex.”

The company has already ordered 12 Maxus models, including eight front-wheel drive vans and six rear-driven Deliver 9s.

“We believe in the product and we are fully committed to it,” he said. “We have invested £500,000 in this site and we’ll do more as we develop.”

The company has already sold its first Deliver 9 to a customer and will be equipping its own Transicold engineering team with Deliver 9 vans.

“We’ve got 16 mobile engineers on the fridge side and we’ll be replacing the whole fleet with Maxus. We’ve also got an engineer going on the Maxus electric van training course and we’ve installed three 21kW chargers at the site for customers,” said Middleton. “We are already seeing a lot of interest.”