There are strong rumors that the Chinese are all set to make a foray into the Indian commercial vehicle market. Recently, the Foton’s pick-up truck Foton Tunland was spotted testing in Pune in Maharashtra. Foton is a Chinese manufacturer of commercial vehicles. There are many details, spy shots and scoops of the Tunland pick-up truck India are testing floating online. Spy pictures of the Foton Tunland pick truck are found on many websites. For many who do not know, Foton is China’s leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles and is presently preparing to set up its manufacturing plant at Chakan, on the outskirts of Pune. Foton has already acquired corporate office space in Pune in Kalyani Nagar. It is in the vicinity of its corporate office that the mules were spotted doing a test run.
It is speculated that India will be getting the Tunland’s double cap body version. In the international markets, the Euro IV compliant Cummins 2.8 litre Turbo Diesel engine powers the Tunland. The engine clocks a peak power output of 160 BHP and churns a peak torque of 360 NM. It is quite interesting to note that the engine is meticulously designed to power the Tunland for 500,000 kilometers, as claimed by Cummins, if it abides by the normal service intervals every 5000 kilometers. The engine is coupled with a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox provided by Germany’s Getrag. The Tunland pick truck is available in 4 x2 and 4×4 variants in the market.
The mules were caught testing at a place called Nigdi in Pune and these were top end models equipped with air bags. Apart from this top end model found testing, Foton also manufactures low-end variants of the Tunland pick-up track featuring a single cab. There were two mules that were spotted testing which implies that Foton is testing two different engines. However, there is no official confirmation on the number and the kind of tunes that will be provided.
When the Tunland is compared with the Tata Xenon 2.2, it is clear that the Tunland offers a better performance with respect to engine specifications. The Tunland is also wider, longer and advanced looking as compared to the Tata Xenon. The Tunland sports chic alloy wheels, burly exteriors and defining projector headlamps. This yet to be launched pick-up truck features a design that is strikingly similar to Xenon when seen from far. It has fog lights and projector headlights on the front grille. The rear of this pick up truck is nothing extraordinary and features stocky tail-lamps which do not help to enhance the design in any way.
As mentioned earlier, the international variant of the Tunland features EBD, ABS and airbags and won a 3 star rating at the ANCAP. It is strongly expected that Foton will be doing away with these additions in the Indian version of the Tunland to make it cost-effective and also give a tough competition to rival brands.
Foton will be debuting in the Indian market with the Tunland. In terms of competition, it will be confronted with Isuzu D-Max, Mahindra Scorpio Getaway and the Tata Xenon.
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