We have an amazing hunger for dual-cab utes in Australia and while there are plenty to choose from, prices can just be beyond many family budgets.
Some people just want a 4×2 or 4×4 dual-cab ute to use on the weekends and, of course, there are plenty of farmers out there that don’t give two hoots about a lot of the odds and extras being added to the mainstream dual-cab offerings now a days.
So, if any of this sounds familiar, maybe checking out the Foton Tunland is an idea.
Yes, we are talking a vehicle built in China, however, with prices starting at just $27,990 for the dual-cab model with rear-wheel drive and only $30,990 for the flagship 4×4 model, the Tunland is hard to beat on value.
Under the bonnet is a 120kW/360Nm 2.8 litre turbo-diesel engine that is supplied to Foton by the renowned truck engine manufacturer, Cummins. Foton claims combined fuel use of a very reasonable 8.4L/100km.
Take note though, our Car of the Week comes only with a five-speed manual, automatic simply isn’t available.
Standard features include;
- 17” alloy wheels
- Air Conditioning
- Keyless entry and central locking
- Rear parking sensors
- Cruise control
- Partial leather seats
- Power windows
- Height adjustable drivers seat
- Tyre Pressure Monitor
Not bad for the money hey?
White is the standard paint colour, though ‘ premium’ silver or black will cost you an additional $400.
At this stage there isn’t an ANCAP safety rating for the Foton Tunland, though it does come with dual air-bags, EBD and ABS.
Foton backs the Tunland with a three year/100,000km warranty and you get a 2,500kg towing capacity.
Look, the Foton Tunland is not going to be as refined as some of its more mainstream opponents, but with prices about $20,000 - $25,000 less, it is surely worth a test drive and some Car of the Week acknowledgment.
There are Foton dealerships in all Australian states and territories, check out more details on the Foton website.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Foton Tunland 4×4 dual-cab
Engine: 2.8 litre turbo-diesel producing 120kW and 360Nm
Transmission: Five-speed manual (only)
Safety: Not tested
Price: From $30,990