Granite: Hard-to-beat 4×2 special from Foton SA

Tunland Granite bakkie: Image: Foton
SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT: The bakkie has some styling extras and special wheels and has been branded as the Tunland Granite. Image: Foton SA
  • Special black bits added for new look
  • Available now from dealers nationwide
  • Brand backed by Imperial Holdings

Foton South Africa, backed by the highly reputable Imperial Holdings, has brought out a special edition of its 4×2 Tunland double-cab bakkie bearing black accessories that are said to “change the exterior appearance significantly”.

It’s badged as Granite and comes in white or silver for R329 995 with extra equipment that includes individualised wheel-rims and tyres and is covered by a five-year or 150 000km warranty.

Dealers have stock or been taking orders since September 1 2016. Interested? Then read on…

Tunland Granite bakkie: Image: Foton
NO MISSING THE NAME: …and the rear-xle articulation shows the Tunland Granite bakkie will be at home on some really rough terrarin. Image: Foton

“The changes.” Foton SA says, “start with black Hazzard alloy wheel-rims wrapped by 16” Cooper all-terrain rubber. Then there area black rollover and nudge bars as well as some special black exterior finishes.

“The interior is individualised with the model name Granite stitched into the front head-restraint covers – the seats upholstery is leather, by the way. ‘Granite’ also appears on the front doors and boldly on the tailgate.

“Bluetooth phone connectivity is also standard.”.

Mike Scarth, general manager for Foton light commercials in South Africa, told The Corner in a media release: “We believe ‘Granite’ is an excellent name for this special edition. The bakkie measures up to the tough, rugged and alluring nature of this very hard rock.”#

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The Tunland, apparently developed for international markets, was launched in South Africa as a double cab 4×4 in 2012. A 4×2 double-cab followed. It claims not only to match or beat its premium rivals for overall performance but also to have one of the most spacious cabins, especially rear leg-room, in the premium one-ton bakkie market.

“Its load box claims competitive dimensions and the double-cab is rated to tow 2.5 tons.”

A 120kW/360Nm Cummins ISF engine powers all Tunland units and meets Euro IV emission regulations. Its combined fuel consumption is listed as 8.3 litres/100km.

‘ULTRA-MODERN’ PLANT IN BEIJING

The Tunland Granite has all the safety, convenience and security features of top-end one-ton bakkies in SA and comes with side steps and a loadbox tonneau cover. The units are assembled at what Foton describes as “an ultra-modern, multi-function, manufacturing plant in Beijing and exported in built-up form to many global destinations”.

The Tunland dealer network extends across South Africa and into Namibia and Swaziland. Units carry a five-year or 150 000km warranty, three-year corrosion warranty and roadside assistance. The 4×2 double-cabs include a two-year or 40 000km service plan.

Service intervals 10 000km. Can burn 500ppm diesel fuel.

For more information contact your nearest Foton dealer.

Tunland Granite bakkie: Image: Foton
RIDING HIGH: The new Tunland Granite bakkie for the South African market. Image: Foton SA
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