There are a couple of Chinese companies that will make their entry in the Indian market in the coming couple of years. One of these is JAC, which is looking to India as a market to generate high volumes in as a result of a hostile home market. Find our story on JAC and its India plans at this link. Another Chinese manufacturer that has been in ingress on the Indian market for a while now is Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corporation (BAIC)-owned Foton. ICB brought you sy pictures of its pickup trucks testing in India almost exactly a year back. The company has gone under the radar since but has reemerged testing a different model this time.
Foton began testing its pickup trucks in India more than a year back
Foton set up its operations out of Pune in 2011. Since then their vehicles. mostly pick up trucks, have been spotted testing in and around the city a few times. This time around, however, the Foton Tunland Twin Cab pick up truck has been spotted testing sans camouflage, giving us a clear look at what the India-spec version looks like.
Foton set up its operations out of Pune in 2011
The Foton Tunland Twin Cab is powered by a 2.8 liter turbo-diesel engine which the company sources from Cummins. This mill delivers 160bhp and has a peak torque figure of 360Nm. These numbers outdo those of competitors by a large margin. Transmission configurations include the standard 5-speed Getrag manual box and a 4WD option. The version of the Foton Tunland sold abroad comes with safety features such as airbags and ABS. These will probably be offered on the higher variants of the pick up truck.
The Mahindra Scorpio Getaway will rival the Foton Tunland pickup
Vehicles such as the Mahindra Scorpio Getaway, Isuzu D-Max Space Cab, and Tata Xenon XT 4X4 will contend with the upcoming Foton Tunland for market share. They may not be making the front pages of motoring magazines but pickup trucks are finding a larger audience in the Indian market. With more manufacturers looking to doll them up and them being intrinsically utilitarian, pickups such as the Foton Tunland should be able to make sizeable profits for the company.