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2014-06-09 11:18

FOTON’S BUDGET BAKKIE: Foton has added a new Tunland single-cab to its local line-up. Image: Foton

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2013 Foton Tunland 4x2

2013-02-05 07:19

Foton adds an affordable soft-roader version of its Tunland 4x4 in South Africa. Will the 4x2 have an impact in the doggedly-loyal SA bakkie market?

JOHANNESBURG - Foton has added a new Tunland bakkie to its line-up, a new one-ton,  powered by a robust 2.8-litre Cummins diesel engine, the first vehicle in its category to be powered by an engine from the famous US-based company, reports Foton.

The Tunland was launched in South Africa in 2012 initially as a double-cab 4x4. Subsequently, the range has grown with the arrival of a double cab 4x2, and an off-road single cab.

TOUGH AS NAILS

The Cummins ISF 2.8 turbo-diesel is capable of 96kW and 280Nm using an honest eight litres/100km. The bakkie is fitted with 75 litre fuel tank. Power is sent the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.

In June 2014, the Tunland single-cab will take on the local light commercial vehicle market.

Foton says its new workhorse is far from being a "stripped-down" budget bakkie. Instead, its cabin is laden with features such as air-con, power windows and anti-skid anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution.

It's equipped with a driver’s side airbag, height-adjustable seatbelts, motion-sensing door locks, remote central locking and height-adjustable halogen headlights.

The Tunland was designed by an international team of engineers to be "tough and rugged" while, Foton says, offering a spacious cab, comfortable ride and a comprehensive standard specification.

The Tunland has ladder-frame chassis which is torsionally rigid. It is fitted with a safety cell-cab and reinforced load body with a cargo capacity of more than 4m and a payload capability of 1 105kg.

The front suspension is independent by means of double wishbones while leaf springs are used at the rear with a ground clearance of 160mm.

The Tunland single-cab bakkie is priced at R199 950.

It's sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty, three-year roadside assistance and a three-year or unlimited anti-corrosion warranty.
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