CALL ME GRANITE: Foton hopes that its accessorised Foton will find favour amongst consumers. Image: QuickPic
Cape Town - The one ton pick-up has been part of the South African motoring scene for many years, but the fact that more and more people are buying these vehicles for both business and pleasure means that there is a rapidly growing market for accessorising them.
Foton South Africa, backed by Imperial Holdings, which markets light commercials, has now developed a special edition of its 4x2 Tunland Luxury double cab premium bakkie which has plenty of show.
Known as the Granite it has been fitted with black accessories that change the exterior appearance significantly. Colour options for the Granite are white and silver, claims the automaker.
Granite is back
Changes start with black Hazzard alloy wheels fitted with 16" Cooper all-terrain tyres. Then there is a black roll-over bar and black nudge bar, as well as some special exterior black finishes.
The interior is individualised with the model name Granite stitched into the covers of the front head restraints. The Granite nomenclature also appears on the bottom of the front doors and boldly on the tailgate. Furthermore, it also boasts leather upholstery and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
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The Luxury model comes standard with side steps and a tonneau cover for the loadbox besides the special features on the Granite special edition.
Mike Scarth, general manager Foton SA, explained: "We believe that Granite is an excellent name for this special edition as we believe this bakkie measures up to the tough, rugged and alluring nature of this very hard rock."
Scarth is also responsible for marketing Foton light commercials in SA.
The Tunland, which was developed for international markets, was launched in SA initially only as a double cab 4x4 in 2012. Subsequently a 4x2 double cab followed.
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Foton says its Tunland has one of the most spacious interiors, especially rear seating leg room, in the premium one-ton pick-up market. Towing capacity of the Foton Tunland double cab range is 2.5-tons.
Pricing and warranties
The Cummins ISF engine develops 120kW/360Nm and complies with Euro IV emission regulations.
It's competitively priced at R329 995 when one considers the cost of the extra equipment, especially the specialised rims and tyres.
It is covered by a five-year or 150 000km warranty, a two-year or 40 000km service plan, and three-year corrosion warranty and roadside assistance.
The bakkie joined the existing Tunland range on September 1, the company says.