After a management buy-out in 1993, Leyland DAF became LDV. As part of the change the company decided to change the range of vehicles offered. In 1996 the LDV Pilot was released, this model was a face-lifted version of the200 model. Similar to the 200 series, you could have different styles of vehicle, including panel van, pick-up and the very popular minibus. It came in various weight classes, namely 2.2t, 2.4t, 2.6t and 2.8t. The Pilot was originally powered by a 1.9L Peugeot diesel engine, the same as the last of the 200 series. It was then replaced in late 1998/early 1999 with another 1.9L Peugeot diesel engine with improved emissions. The final engine to be used in the Pilot was added in 2002, this was the
DW8 Peugeot 1.9L engine with Euro 3 emission standards.
The Pilot proved to be a very popular with small and large fleet, including the Royal Mail and the military. This was because of the special vehicle options that LDV offered.
The model was manufactured for around 10 years and still has a good presence in the used van market.