Cummins-powered cut-price workhorse

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IOL mot pic jun10 Foton Tunland Workhorse 1 . Single-cab Tunland has reinforced load body with a cargo capacity of more than four cubic metres and 1105kg payload.

Pretoria - Foton SA has dived into the biggest, and arguably most competitive, segment of the South African light commercial market with an entry-level Tunland one-ton workhorse bakkie, joining the double-cab version in 4x4 and 4x2 variants and the Off-Road single-cab derivative.

And, like them, it comes with a robust Chinese-built 2.8-litre Cummins ISF 2.8 turbodiesel rated at 96kW and 280Nm, driving the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox at a quoted cost of eight litres per 100km.

Workhorse it may, stripped out it's not.

For R199 950 you get aircon, a front-loading radio/CD player, power windows, ABS with electronic brake force distribution, a driver's side airbag, fabric upholstery, height-adjustable seatbelts, motion-sensing door locks, remote central locking and height-adjustable halogen headlights as standard.

The Tunland is built on a rigid ladder chassis with double-wishbone front and leaf-spring rear suspension. Single-cab versions have a reinforced load body with a cargo capacity of more than four cubic metres and a payload capability of 1105kg.

Ground clearance is 160mm and fuel tank capacity 75 litres.

IOL mot pic jun10 Foton Tunland Workhorse 2 Workhorse it may, stripped out its not.

The Tunland single-cab workhorse comes with a three year or 100 000km warranty and three years' roadside assistance, from any one of 36 dealers around South Africa.

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