Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted October 02, 2015 18:54
Foton enters the competitive SUV segment with the Toplander
The Foton Toplander made its Philippine debut during the company's 2015 Big Show held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
As previously reported, the Toplander marks the official entry of Foton into the competitive local SUV market.
In this regard, Foton PH executive vice president Anna Parado said that the Toplander is designed to suit rugged and active lifestyles.
“The Toplander is Foton’s decisive foray into the highly competitive market of diesel-powered SUVs, and is engineered to keep up with even the most rugged and active lifestyles,” said Parado.
The exterior of the Toplander features a bold front grill, a large bumper and sweptback headlights. It is characterized by sharp lines and has prominent wheel arches. The rear comes with large wraparound taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler and an aggressive bumper. The Toplander is finished off with 17-inch alloy wheels.
Dimension-wise, the Toplander measures 4830mm long, 1910mm wide and 1840mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2790mm and a ground clearance of 220mm.
It is powered by a 2.8-liter Foton Cummins ISF diesel engine that delivers 163 PS and 360 Nm of torque. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Toplander comes in 4x2 and 4x4 variants.
The Toplander seats seven, with a foldable third row for additional cargo space. Prices start at PhP 998,000 for the 4x2 and PhP 1,150,000 for the 4x4.
On the other hand, Foton PH president Rommel Sytin said during the event that the brand's 2013 to 2014 sales grew by 52-percent. Sytin adds that Foton is geared to expand its dealership network and announced that the company is ready to comply with Euro 4 emission standards on January 1, 2016.
Furthermore, Foton will be rolling off its first vehicle produced in their manufacturing plant located in the Clark Freeport Zone in December 2015.