LDV Deliver 9 large van to replace V80

  • All-new replacement for the V80 on sale in 2020
  • Powerful new 2.0-litre Euro 6d engine with up to 214hp
  • Available with FWD or RWD, and in nine bodysizes

At long last, LDV has a replacement for the aging V80 large van – and it will be on sale in the UK in 2020. Called the LDV Deliver 9, its designers are clearly big fans of the Ford Transit, but will potential buyers be bothered by such copycat behaviour if it can muster much of that leading rival’s capability at a reduced price?

While exact technical details for the UK versions are scarce at this stage, we have (very, very briefly) driven the new Deliver 9, and do have info on the new 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, the available safety equipment and the number of body sizes.

Compared with the V80 it seems to be an enormous step forward.

Deliver 9? Wasn’t it supposed to be called the LDV V90?

We’d even expected it to simply be called the V80 in the initial stages – but as it turns out, production of that old stager will continue alongside the new model, at least initially.

LDV Deliver 9 - front side view, minibus, blue, China test drive, 2020

In such a situation, V90 would be the obvious new moniker, and is in fact what the new van is called in its home market of China (the LDV name was acquired by Chinese automotive giant SAIC in 2010).

In the UK and Europe, however, where Volvo already sells a car called the V90, the decision has apparently been taken to use a new Deliver 9 naming convention – matching up with the smaller new LDV e Deliver 3 electric van that’s set to go on sale here slightly earlier than its big brother in 2020.

What are we supposed to make of that styling?

They – whoever ‘they’ are – often say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And although we doubt Ford’s intellectual copyright lawyers are going to be quite so charmed by the situation, the passing similarity of the Deliver 9 to the Transit sidesteps being an outright clone, thanks to some unique details.

LDV Deliver 9 - front grille, blue, China test drive, 2020

Notable differences include an eight-sided grille – one of the latest design cues on parent brand Maxus’s Chinese-market passenger cars – and wheelarch details that look like they’ve been borrowed from an Iveco Daily. Ahem.

For a bit of context, LDV tells us that in 2018 the V80 was only outsold in China by the local versions of the Daily and the Transit; in 2019 it’s set to be second to the Transit. You can see where the firm might have gotten its inspiration from.

What’s it like on the inside?

There’s heavy evidence of an unhealthy obsession with the latest Transit facelift in the cab of the Deliver 9 as well – though to be fair there are design elements that look like they’ve come from Audi and Volkswagen passenger cars too.

LDV Deliver 9 - cab interior, left-hand drive (LHD), 10.0-inch screen, 2020

Regardless, the difference between this and the V80 – both inside and out – is like night and day. It’s hard to believe they’re just a generation apart, until you remember the older van has origins that date back to 2004.

So is the LDV Deliver 9 all new?

Yes – brand new platform, brand new engine. We expect it uses a few of the same bolts somewhere, but otherwise these two large vans from LDV are apparently not related in the slightest.

What’s the new engine?

It’s a 2.0-litre turbodiesel unit known internally as the SAIC Pi engine – that’s pi as in the mathematical constant (3.14159265… etc) rather than something you get down at Greggs.

Replacing the old 2.5-litre chugger in the V80, it’s SAIC’s own design, meets the latest Euro 6d emissions requirements and matches a number of rival European power plants with its feature set.

LDV Deliver 9 - side view, white, in factory in China, 2020

A few highlights of this include the 2,000-bar diesel injection pressure, the high-efficiency off-set crankshaft, dual-loop EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system and two-stage oil pump, the refinement boosting double balancer shafts, and the power enhancing dual-stage turbocharging and water-cooled intercooler.

It produces as much as 214hp and 480Nm of torque, and in addition to the Deliver 9 van will see service in the LDV T70 pickup that’s due to reach the UK in 2021.

Our Chinese hosts told us that the vans on hand were packing 160hp / 375Nm versions of the engine – although in terms of the test drive opportunity this really made very little difference.

So you’ve driven the new Deliver 9?

Yes, but at once basically no. The test drive consisted entirely of piloting a rear-wheel drive minibus variant a short, straight route between two SAIC-Maxus factory buildings, a 90-degree right corner into a cul-de-sac to turn around and then back the other way, before performing what amounted to an extremely slow forward J-turn into a parking position at the side of the road.

As a measure of what the Deliver 9 will be like to drive in the UK, it told us almost nothing.

LDV Deliver 9 - driving it in China, minibus, blue, 2020

We say almost, because we were surprised by the heft and slight sense of inconsistency in the electric power steering system – which we expecting to be as light and comfortingly wieldy as that the similar system fitted to the Volkswagen Crafter (which was mentioned as a benchmark during one presentation).

Perhaps the dual rear wheel axle didn’t help. The manual gearshift action is also very long-winded compared with the likes of the Crafter, Transit and Mercedes Sprinter, if essentially fine. Noise and vibrations seemed well repressed – though give we were sampling a fully trimmed passenger carrying version that should really be a given.

LDV Deliver 9 - rear side view, minibus, blue, test drive in China, 2020

So far so fair-to-middling, then. But we’ll need to drive it a lot more extensively to see how it really behaves.

How many different versions will there be?

In van terms three lengths (5,160mm, 5,546mm and 5,940mm), three roof heights (2,365mm, 2,353mm and 2,735mm) and three wheelbases (3,000mm, 3,366mm and 3,760mm) will be available, plus chassis cab and minibus variants.

LDV Deliver 9 - rear side view, white, in factory in China, 2020

The platform is engineered to offer front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive, which means it should be attractive to an even wider range of potential customers.

We’d expect all of these things to come to the UK but this isn’t confirmed at this stage.

LDV Deliver 9 - load area, in factory in China, 2020

Similarly, we have absolutely no technical info on load capacity, load area dimensions or payload yet. We will update this page as soon as it’s available, however.

Will there be an electric version of the LDV Deliver 9?

Not immediately, but an electric van is most definitely in the plan. It will be called the LDV e Deliver 9, be based on the front-wheel drive model, and will replace the quietly successful EV80 – perhaps as early as 2020, too, although we suspect 2021 for the UK is more likely.

How high-tech is the new LDV large van?

Much, much more so than the old one.

LDV says it will come as standard with the latest generation of Bosch ESP electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, with the option to add blindspot monitors and lane keeping assist as well. There are apparently six airbags installed.

LDV Deliver 9 - front view of two vans, white, in factory in China, 2020

The overall structure is said to be 3.5 times stiffer than the V80s (though that can’t have been too hard, frankly), made from 54% high-strength steel and assembled using a process that includes 9.2m (!) of laser welding.

Yes, lasers.

It also offers three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Sport – plus stop-start, the option of a 10.0-inch touchscreen, keyless entry and a panoramic parking camera.

When does the LDV Deliver 9 go on sale and what does it cost?

The Deliver 9 will make its UK debut at the 2020 CV Show in Birmingham in late April, and is scheduled to go on sale shortly afterwards in May.

Pricing is still to be determined at this stage. Expect it to be more than the V80, but hopefully still substantially less than the competition.

We’ll bring you more info as soon as we have it.

Also read:

>> LDV e Deliver 3 electric van full details

>> New vans coming soon

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