Country Cars road test: Foton Tunland

Foton Tunland. PICTURE: Lachlan BenceFEW people know what a Foton is, let alone a Tunland.
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However, as Chinese vehicle manufacturers gain a greater toe-hold into Australia, get ready to become a whole lot more familiar with them.

The Tunland is pitched a cut-price alternative to pickup-style crew cab utes like the Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton or the king of the caper, the Toyota Hilux. As those machines have become progressively more civilised (and expensive), the Chinese have sought to sneak into the space they’ve left behind.

The terms “quality” and “Chinese vehicles” are not closely associated in the minds of Australians but the essential components for the Foton Tunland come from such respected American and German names as Cummins, Getrag, Bosch and Borg-Warner. As such the Tunland has a leg up compared with other Chinese offerings, and was part of the reason Ballarat’s new Foton outlet Bedggoods was keen for us to take a look.

We sampled the 4×4 version, which is $3000 more than the 4×2 version but also gains leather seats, cruise control, floor mats and a tub liner. At $29,990 drive away, it is certainly well equipped.

Country Cars road test: Foton Tunland Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

Foton Tunland. PICTURES: Lachlan Bence

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