Chinese automaker Foton is setting shop at India’s western industrial hub, Pune. Foton, owned by Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corporation (BAIC), plans to enter India with its pick up truck range. While the single cab pick up truck has been spotted testing in and around Pune on many occasions in the past, we now have an uncamouflaged image of the Tunland Twin Cab pick up truck doing the testing runs. One such example was caught by CarToq reader Mr. Sumit Rane via Mr. Chinmay Dangre.
The Foton Tunland Twin Cab pick up truck features a 2.8 liter turbo diesel engine sourced from Diesel engine major Cummins. The motor outputs 160 Bhp of peak power and 360 Nm of peak torque, figures that beat those offered by competition quite comprehensively. A 5 speed Getrag manual gearbox is standard while the pick up truck also gets a four wheel drive function. International variants of the Foton Tunland are equipped with Airbags and ABS+EBD as standard safety features. The pick up truck features independent suspension up front and leaf springs at the rear.
Armed with a hefty ground clearance of 210 mm, the Tunland rides on 16 inch wheels shod with 245/70R16 tyres. The pick up truck features a loading bay measuring 1520 mm X 1580 mm X 440 mm. The loading bay comes with a capacity of 1 ton while the towing capacity of the Tunland is rated at 2.5 tons. The Tunland Twin Cab pick up truck seats five adults in a 2+3 seating configuration and features a large 3,105 mm wheelbase. With exterior dimensions of 5310 mm X 1880 mm X 1870 mm in terms of length, width and height, the Tunland Twin Cab’s sheer bulk could prove a handful in Indian traffic.
In India, the Foton Tunland Twin Cab pick up truck will take on the likes of the Tata Xenon XT 4X4, the Isuzu D-Max Space Cab and the Mahindra Scorpio Getaway pick up trucks. Double cab pick up trucks are slowly albeit steadily gaining popularity in India as more Indians have begun viewing these trucks as an ideal compromise between utility and leisure. With many city-bred Indians owning farmhouses and farmland, and with growing income levels, the popularity of such twin cab pick up trucks is bound to be on the rise.