Foton is expanding its line-up with the unveil of not one, not two, but three new offerings at its annual Big Show which is happening now until tomorrow, October 4, 2015 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The biggest commercial vehicle manufacturer in China, Foton has quickly established itself as a formidable commercial vehicle brand in the Philippines despite being established just eight years ago. Headlining the charge is the Toplander.
Foton’s first foray into the competitive mid-sized SUV segment, the Toplander is engineered to cater to those who want a practical yet equally elegant SUV that doesn’t break the bank in terms of pricing. With two variants, 4x2 and 4x4, the Toplander is powered by a 2.8-liter Cummins ISF diesel engine generating some 160 horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 360 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 3,600 rpm. This Euro 4 certified engine is mated solely to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Based off the rugged Thunder pickup platform, the Toplander features a sturdy body-on-frame construction with a five-link rear coil spring suspension that makes it much more comfortable for urban or on-road use. That’s not to say that the Toplander isn’t ready for extreme situations. It has 220 millimeters of ground clearance and can wade through floodwaters up to 600 millimeters deep. Furthermore, the 4x4 model is rated to climb 60 percent grades and can go through terrain with a 40-degree tilt.
Design-wise, it features Foton’s new trademark waterfall front grille, diamond-style headlights with LED daytime running lights, and side mirror turn signal indicators. It also has 265/65R17 tires at each corner. Inside, it has LED backlit gauges and all power convenience features. Dual air conditioning is standard as well. The 4x4 gets the added luxury touches of satellite audio controls and a sunroof.
In terms of safety, the Toplander comes with Dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes, and rear back-up sensors. The 4x4 has electronic stability program with hill start and hill descent control.
Pricing for the Toplander starts at P 998,000 for the 4x2 and top out at P 1,150,000 for the 4x4.
- Engine: Cummins ISF 2.8 CRDi, 16-valve 4-cylinder
- Power: 160 horsepower @ 3,600 rpm
- Torque: 360 Nm @ 1,800 to 3,600 rpm
- Transmission: 5-speed MT
- Fuel Tank: 70 liters
- Front Suspension: Double Wishbone
- Rear Suspension: Five-Link with Coil Spring
- Front Brakes: Vented Disc
- Rear Brakes: Solid Disc
- Steering: Rack & Pinion, Power-Assist
- Tires: 265/65R17
- Dimensions (LxWxH) in mm: 4,830 x 1,910 x 1,840
- Wheelbase: 2,790 mm
- Curb Weight: 1,975 kilograms (4x2); 2,060 (4x4)
- Turning Radius: 6.25 m
- Ground Clearance: 220 mm