By theodore Opara
Zahav Automobile Company Nigeria Limited, local assemblers of Foton Tunland pickup has urged emerging businesses and astute commercial ventures not to wander afar in search of functional and reasonably priced pickup trucks as it unveiles the all new ‘Drive beyond borders’ Foton Tunland pickup.
Addressing the media at a guided tour of the company’s new showroom in Kofo Abayomi/Akin Adesola Street – Victoria Island Lagos, Zahav Head of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Sanjay Rupani said Foton Tunland pickup was introduced to assuage some of the challenges small businesses and commercial ventures contend with when prospecting for functional and adaptable vehicle to support their businesses.
“The next generation Foton Tunland pickup would compete in the one tone vehicle segment where renowned brands like Toyota Hilux, Nissan NP300, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi L200 have demonstrated utter competence,” Mr. Rupani assured. He said: “Tunland is Foton’s signature of next generation pickup truck exclusively designed to offer impressive visibility and extraordinary driving experience.”
According to him, Tunland is a perfect choice for both work and leisure, “Though Tunland is a Chinese brand, the vehicle essentially shares the DNA of two renowned automobile manufacturers – Daimler Automotive Company and Cummins Engine Company.
Ergonomically designed, the 1.5 tonne Foton Tunland pickup truck is a perfect mix of style and practicality with attractive truck lines like the American and Japanese styled cars aimed to woo discerning customers who want exceptionally fashionable trucks.
Tunland is currently marketed as the strongest Chinese pickup in its class even though it looks less Chinese save for the silver coated fancy radiator grille. The front bumper is certainly an eye catcher and comes with a fluid design; fitted with a set of circular fog lamps and a big trapezoidal air intake which enhances the aggressive look.
Along the sides, are classical large wheel arches, which are now a common trait among pickups and, at the back is a pair of triangular shaped taillights that distinguishes Tunland from competitors. A peep inside the cockpit reveals upscale styling with winged shaped dashboard and ergonomic three-spoke-steering-wheel with plenty of space on the first row seats, and ample leg and headroom for both the driver and passengers.
The rear bench is pretty spacious and inadvertently compares to the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger pickups. Every control is placed intuitively without necessarily clustering the centre dash and the instrument gauges are easily read both at night and day time. The materials and plastics are also elegantly equipped with a no-nonsense instrument panel layout.
The seats are similarly comfortable with plenty adjustments to help you find your favourite driving positions in no time. This is in addition to the all around visibility with big lateral mirrors that ensures confidence. Standard features includes two front airbags, ABS, 16 inch steel rim fitted on 245/70/16 tyres; air-conditioning, fabric seats, power exterior mirrors, two-speaker single CD tuner and auxiliary audio input jack.
Tunland is powered by powerful 100Kw Mitsubishi 2.4 gasoline engine, with displacements below 3.0 and maximum output of 200Nm (2500-300) which is appreciably higher compared to similar products. This feature gives the vehicle an edge in harsh road conditions.