Based on some of the first construction equipment to emerge from China, it is easy to dismiss them as perhaps a little primitive, lacking in finesse, devoid of flair.

But the new Liugong 375B skid steer loader – which received its first outing at the ConExpo 2014 show – boasts a curvy, modern design that proves it’s time for a rethink.

The new unit is designed for extreme duty applications and features a robust frame and box section loader arms that can be raised to full 2.2 metre dump clearance height is just 4.1 seconds for optimum cycle times.

The unit is powered by a Perkins 404F-22T diesel engine that satisfies North America Tier IV final emissions standards.