Foton's Tunland pickup is now on sale in Australia, starting at $28,000 for the 4x2 'Quality' and topping out with the $35,000 4x4 'Luxury' (both prices exclude on-road costs).
The Chinese brand arrives this week after a change of distributors for Foton saw the big ute's 2011 launch killed, while ADR compliance tests threw out plans for a second-quarter 2012 debut.
Australia is the second market to receive the Tunland (after South Africa), and with a $28,000 starting price, the tubbed dual-cab will take on Great Wall and Ssangyong, along with entry models in the Hilux, Ranger and Navara line-ups.
Australian distributor FAA Automotive Australia has established 12 dealerships across Australia, with five in Queensland, three in Victoria and two each in South and Western Australia. That's expected to grow to 31 by the end of 2013.
Supply will be limited in the short term, with 45 vehicles in the country now and a further 100 set for delivery in December.
Mechanical Package & Dimensions
Power for the Tunland is provided by a Euro 4-compliant 2.8 litre turbodiesel engine, sourced from Cummins and offering 120kW and 360Nm of torque.
Paired with a Getrag five-speed manual transmission, Foton claims the Tunland will hit 100km/h in 13 seconds.
Foton claims fuel consumption figures of 8.4 l/100km for the turbodiesel and five-speed manual combination, in 4x2 form.
A petrol engine and ZF six-speed automatic transmission are expected to join the range, along with a single-cab version, although timing is still to be confirmed.
In 4x2 form, the Tunland gets double wishbone suspension, while the 4x4 model gets double wishbones with a split front axle. Both versions get a Dongfeng DANA semi floating axle and LSD at the rear.
Both 4x4 models come with a Borg Warner electronic 'shift on the fly' transfer case.
Braking is managed by 320mm discs at the front and drums at the rear, while the 16-inch aluminium wheels are shod with 245/70R16 rubber. There's also a full-size spare.
The new pickup measures 5310mm long, 1880 wide and 1810 tall, offering a ground clearance of 220mm and riding on a 3105mm wheelbase.
Compared to the equivalent HiLux, the Tunland is 180mm longer and 120mm wider, with an extra 10mm beneath it.
Cargo area dimensions are listed at 1520mm long, 1580mm wide and 440mm tall. Cargo load capacity is 1000kg. Braked towing capacity is listed at 2500kg (unbraked not listed, watch for detailed TMR review).
The Tunland offers seating for five, with rear legroom listed at "up to" 620mm.
Standard features across Quality and Luxury trim grades include powered windows front and rear, air conditioning, AM/FM radio with CD player, auxiliary and USB audio connectivity and four speakers.
Foton says it will add iPod control and Bluetooth connectivity to Luxury models in early 2013, along with a multi-function steering wheel.
Also standard across both models are height-adjustable halogen headlights, front and rear fog lamps, powered side mirrors (defrost function in Luxury spec), automatic dimming rear view mirror, remote central locking with a folding key,
The Quality model is fitted with wolven velvet front seat covers, while the Luxury grade gets leather trim.
Colour options include white, silver, red and black - all metallic.
Safety features include front crumple zones, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and dual front SRS airbags. Reversing sensors are also standard.
Three-point seatbelts are standard at all corners, with the centre rear seat getting a lap belt only. Pretensioners and force limiters are fitted to the front seats.
Child-seat fixtures are expected to be fitted to the rear from early 2013.
A 4-Star rating will put the Tunland behind the likes of the Amarok, Colorado, BT-50 and Ranger (and HiLux from next year), but ahead of the 2-Star ratings carried by the Great Wall and SsangYong pickups.
- Foton Tunland Quality 4x2 - $28,000
- Foton Tunland Luxury 4x2 - $28,500
- Foton Tunland Quality 4x4 - $34,500
- Foton Tunland Luxury 4x4 - $35,000