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Trevor Collett | Jun, 10 2014 | 15 Comments

The Foton Tunland pickup has changed stables in the Australian industry, with local distributor Ateco Automotive relaunching the brand.

The move away from its previous distributor - Queensland-based FAA Automotive - was announced in April this year, and is expected to give the Foton brand a stronger presence in Australia.

Among the changes for the Chinese pickup under Ateco is a simplified model range, a wider dealer network and a lower price for the sole 4WD model.

The previous TK and TL model names have been deleted, with the Tunland range scaled down to one 2WD and one 4WD model, both in dual-cab pickup form.

While the 2WD dual cab retains its $26,990 drive-away price, the 4WD dual cab now starts at $29,990 drive-away; $3000 cheaper than before the relaunch.

Speaking with TMR, Ateco’s Daniel Cotterill said the new 4WD variant would closely mirror the previous luxury-spec Tunland TL and the single cab-chassis model, while unavailable for now, will also be considered for a relaunch in the future.

As for Foton’s dealer network under Ateco’s guidance, Mr Cotterill said initial availability of the Tunland will be strong.

“We have some dealers from before, but mostly new dealers, as almost all of our existing Foton truck dealers have come on board as ute dealers,” Mr Cotterill said.

“We’ll have over 30 dealers at launch, rising to about 40 within a month. Our new website will also be up and running this week.”

Mr Cotterill said the addition of electronic stability control is on Ateco’s ‘list’, but there is no concrete date at this stage as to when the feature will become available.

Likewise, the current five-speed manual will continue as the only transmission option for the moment, but automatic transmissions are also on the cards.

On the Foton Tunland Mine Spec variant unveiled last year, Mr Cotterill said Foton would look at sales in the mining industry in the future, but relaunching the brand remains the focus for now.

“Any manufacturer in Australia wouldn’t be worth their salt if they didn’t want a slice of the mining industry, but for now we need to concentrate on the relaunch and getting our model line-up right,” Mr Cotterill said.

A 2.8 litre Cummins turbo-diesel engine - one of the Tunland’s highlights - will still power all models locally, producing 120kW and 360Nm with the latter figure available from 1800 to 3000 RPM. Fuel consumption is listed at 8.3 l /100km for the 2WD model.

Other features include ABS, air conditioning, power windows, four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth streaming, driver and passenger airbags, rear parking sensors and daytime running lights.

The 4WD dual cab also adds leather seats, larger 17-inch alloy wheels and cruise control.

When put to work, the Tunland offers a one tonne payload and 2500kg braked towing capacity, along with a tray-liner and dual range transmission with limited-slip differential in 4WD models.

The 2014 Foton Tunland is on sale now, covered by a three-year 100,000km warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance.

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