While auto manufacturers scramble to come up with the best multi seating capacity vehicle and trying to give them the personality of a car, Foton Motors Philippines decided that it was for the better to tackle the issue head-on and come out with a van that can seat ten (10) people comfortably.
Introduced at the last Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), the Foton MP-X is a ten seater van that has the amenities of an SUV without the pretensions of being an automobile the very thing that hampers performance in most of the country's SUV today.
To begin with, it is quite long, but not long enough to be classified as a bus at 4790mm in length, wide enough to give elbow room to passengers at 1825mm and high enough to allow access to the inner parts comfortably at 1950mm.
The design of the Foton MP-X is sleek and mainstream, giving it a modern look in tune with the times. The lines are forward moving and this is accentuated by a double side sliding door for easier access to the inside,
The Foton MP-X is powered by a 2.8 liter CRDi Turbo Diesel Engine which is in-line-4, force water cooled, direct injection turbo diesel. This powerhouse packs a torque of 200 Newton-meter@2300rpm and is pulled on by a 5-speed manual transmission.
The MP-X is mounted on a Lotus designed chassis handled by a torsion bar, double arm independent front suspension and supported at the rear by independent suspensions. For safety, the MP-X has ABS and EBD plus Hydraulic Dual Circuits.
The MP-X has a curb weight of 1960kg and a gross vehicle weight of 2580kg. It moves on 175/70R14 tires for that added ride comfort. Foton is working closely with companies like Daimler Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Cummins, Bosch and Lotus to acquire the latest technology in automobiles.
The MP-X also has powering steering with a collapsible steering column, a glass mounted antennae and driver side airbags. Add to these amenities power windows, keyless entry and power door locks.
The in-car entertainment system includes an in dash CD player stereo system. It has an internal and external temperature indicator and that very helpful back-up sensor that now has a distance indicator.
Foton Motors Co. also carries a number of commercial vehicles, including the very successful Blizzard pick-up, Mini-Couch ( a small van), the View (used widely as an ambulance) and a series of trucks like the Tornado, Cyclone, Hurricane, Wind, the cyclone 4x4 Dump and the business van MPV.