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Refinements inside and out

FOTON has a winner in its third generation Tunland 4WD double cab, marketed as the T3, which it launched earlier this year.

The T3 is an upgrade for the Chinese vehicle maker, with an upgraded engine and additions to the earlier Tunland models which achieved a good name in their own right.

Foton had ambitious plans for the T3 at its launch earlier this year.

Chief executive Roger Jory said the company was aiming to become a “go to” brand for New Zealanders looking for value in a double cab ute suitable for work and play.

“A ute powered by a world-class Cummins diesel engine that doesn’t compromise on capability or looks and offered at this price is a pretty compelling package,” he said at the time.

The T3 received multiple upgrades in specifications and improved on-road driving dynamics. The interior styling and functions were extensively redesigned, with an all-new dashboard, improved audio and Bluetooth systems, as well as a new dual lid centre console and 2WD/4WD dial.

Included in the interior improvements that were intended to take the Foton to a level that would match other brands in the sector, were new steering wheel controls for audio and phone operation, as well as a new black woven velvet seat trim and aluminium-style inlays on the door cards.

Even the Cummins ISF 2.8 litre diesel engine, one of the great features of the whole Tunland range, was upgraded with a BOSCH electronically-controlled, high pressure common rail injection system, and a new variable geometry turbo (VGT) that increased the output to 130kW of power and 365 Nm of torque.

All Tunlands have a five-speed manual transmission.

As well as offering a smoother power delivery, the new engine meets Euro 5 emission standards.

Tunlands also include a 2WD double cabin model that is perfect for a town-based tradesperson. They come with a three-year, 100,000km warranty.

The 4WD sells for $28,990, plus GST and on-road costs, while the 2WD goes for $23,990.

Foton has steadily gained recognition and respect for its performance in all driving conditions and is accepted as a rugged and reliable work vehicle.

Backed by an international car manufacturer that puts out 650,000 vehicles, the Tunland continues to make its mark.