Once upon a time, Chinese automakers were notoriously known for copying the designs of models from manufacturers around the world. In the past few years, however, they have been releasing models designed from the ground up. Needless to say, some of these models look really good and carry their own. As such, they have distanced themselves from the practice of simply copying other automaker's designs.
It seems though old habits die hard. Photos of Foton's latest pickup truck has surfaced on Chinese social media sites and were first picked up by Jalopnik. Needless to say, the truck looks very familiar. In particular, Foton's big pick-up undoubtedly looks like the Baja-spec F-150 Raptor. Called the Foton Da Jiang Jun, the name translates to “The Big General”.
There aren't a lot of high-quality photos to go on but, the front-end is very much inspired by the F-150 Raptor. From the aggressive-looking bumpers to the shape of the headlights all the way to the big “FOTON” lettering on the grill, it really does look like an F-150 Raptor. Large over fenders, together with chunky all-terrain tires, complete the “Baja-spec” look on the Foton. Unfortunately, there are no photos of the rear end. Given how the front end is pretty much an F-150, we can assume that the rear will likely have similar styling cues to America's best selling pick-up truck.
Despite being a clone of the F-150 Raptor, it doesn't have the power to match. Under the hood, there is no 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 motor. Engine choices consist of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline and a 2.0-/2.5-liter diesel option. Both the gasoline and diesel mills are mated to an 8-speed manual gearbox. Considering that the new F-150 and even the Raptor are not offered with a manual, this could be a selling point to some.
No price was indicated on how much the Foton Da Jiang Jun costs, but we can assume it will be a lot cheaper than the F-150 Raptor. We've also added a photo of the F-150 Raptor above just in case you want to compare the two.