Text: AutoIndustriya.com Team / Photos: Foton Press | posted November 26, 2013 20:16
New Cummins CRDi engine and expanded capacity for new Foton van
Foton Motor Philippines held the debut of its new 2014 View Traveller van at the recently held 2013 Big Show event at the World Trade Center Manila. The new View Traveller succeeds on the View van in the Chinese-brand dominated high-capacity passenger vehicle category.
The View Traveller receives a styling update to mimic the current Toyota Hiace, the inspiration of every Chinese van maker. It measures at 5380mm long, 1920mm wide, 2285mm high, with a class-leading wheelbase of 3110mm.
The interior receives a significant space upgrade thanks to the longer wheelbase and larger body size. The limousine van style seats now feature individual headrests and reclining seatbacks. All seats feature 3-point safety belts. It is equipped with power windows, mirrors, and doorlocks with keyless entry. Entertainment is provided by a 4-speaker audio system with CD/MP3/USB capability.
“We are proud to showcase once more to the Filipino people what we believe are the best commercial vehicle solutions available in the market today,” says Rommel Sytin, President of Foton Motor Philippines.
For safety, it is equipped with dual SRS front airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and four-point reverse parking sensors. For passive safety, the steering column is collapsible in the event of a crash; the body has designed with ultra-high strength steel with crash safety bars located on the front fender and doors.
Powering the View Traveller is a detuned Cummins 2.8-liter ISF engine with Bosch CRDi system as debuted in the Thunder pickup. The engine churns out 130 PS @ 3600 rpm and 280 Nm @ 1400 rpm of torque, it is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Foton claims the workhorse Cummins ISF engine is built for longer maintenance intervals and has a 500,000-kilometer overhaul interval.
The 2014 Foton View Traveller comes in either white or silver and will retail for PhP1,398,000.