Cum­mins power for Fo­ton’s big van

New Zealand LCV - - 2017 VAN GUIDE | FOTON CS2 -

THE LOOKS MAY BE FA­MIL­IAR BUT THIS IS NOT A TOY­OTA HI­ACE; it’s the Fo­ton CS2 – sold in China as the View – that made its New Zealand de­but at the 2015 na­tional Fiel­d­ays at Mys­tery Creek.

The CS2 – along with the Tun­land ute and Au­mark truck range – is dis­trib­uted by Hamil­ton-based Fo­ton New Zealand, part of the Eb­bett group.

There’s only one model in the CS2 range, a long-wheel­base, rear-wheel drive, high-roof with a five-speed Ge­trag man­ual gear­box and a Borg Warner dif­fer­en­tial. It’s avail­able as a cargo van and as a minibus.

Fo­ton dealer, Eb­bett Fo­ton, also mar­kets a turn-key mo­torhome de­riv­a­tive, the Voy­ager, which is built in Hamil­ton.

Di­men­sion­ally, the CS2 is ball­park with the Toy­ota Hi­ace ZX that it closely re­sem­bles, but is slightly longer and wider. It has a gross ve­hi­cle weight of 3400kg and a kerb weight of 2255kg.

It sits on a 3100mm wheel­base, rides on stan­dard 15-inch al­loy wheels fit­ted with 195R15 tyres, and has disc front/drum rear brakes with ABS and elec­tronic brake-force dis­tri­bu­tion. Eb­bett of­fers a wide range of wheel and tyre pack­ages for the CS2.

Front sus­pen­sion is by dou­ble wish­bones, and at the rear there’s a leaf-sprung solid axle.

The engine is the com­mon rail 2.8-litre Cum­mins ISF four-cylin­der diesel that’s fa­mil­iar from the Tun­land ute.

In the CS2, it pro­duces max­i­mum power of 96kw and 280Nm of peak torque be­tween 1400rpm and 3000rpm. The engine has a 94mm bore and 100mm stroke, and a com­pres­sion ra­tio of 17.5:1.

Fo­ton quotes fuel con­sump­tion on the com­bined cy­cle of 9.5 litres/100km, and the CS2 has a 76-litre fuel tank.

Dual airbags are stan­dard on the CS2, and the driver and pas­sen­ger get lap/sash seat­belts, but the Fo­ton doesn’t have sta­bil­ity con­trol.

The vans Fo­ton NZ has in stock were landed, pre-de­liv­ery in­spected and is­sued with War­rants of Fit­ness be­fore the July 1, 2015, dead­line for manda­tory ESC came into ef­fect, so can be sold as ex­ist­ing stock.

It’s thought that fur­ther down the track, it will be pos­si­ble to get CS2S fit­ted with ESC; Fo­ton has added an elec­tron­ics pack­age – which in­cludes sta­bil­ity con­trol – to the me­chan­i­cally-iden­ti­cal Tun­land ute, and it’s ex­pected a sim­i­lar pack­age will be­come avail­able for the van.

The only avail­able gear­box is a five-speed man­ual, but it’s ex­pected an au­to­matic will be­come avail­able on Esc-equipped CS2S

Stan­dard equip­ment on both the van and the minibus in­cludes air-con­di­tion­ing, day­time run­ning lights, re­mote-con­trol cen­tral door­lock­ing, and elec­tric win­dows and ex­te­rior mir­rors. The sound sys­tem plays CDS and has AUX and USB ports.

The minibus ver­sion has sep­a­rate air-con­di­tion­ing and con­trols for the pas­sen­ger cabin.

Fo­ton of­fers a choice of white, sil­ver and red C2 side-win­dow vans; re­plac­ing the glass side win­dows with solid metal pan­els is an op­tion, but is avail­able in white only.

A vinyl-cov­ered cargo floor is stan­dard. Fo­ton has a grow­ing range of ac­ces­sories avail­able for the CS2, in­clud­ing Best Bars cargo bar­ri­ers, Best Bars tow­bars; nudge bars and bull­bars are be­ing de­vel­oped.

Cam­bridge-based af­ter­mar­ket equip­ment spe­cial­ist, Camco, has de­vel­oped in­te­rior fit-outs, draw­ers, shelv­ing and a lad­der sys­tem suit­able for the CS2’S high roof.

The CS2 sells on value for money with strong per­for­mance, good han­dling and good cargo ca­pac­ity at a highly-com­pet­i­tive price.

Fo­ton sold 71 of them in 2016, and six of those were mo­torhomes. Dur­ing the early part of this year, the sales mo­men­tum picked up, and by April 30, Fo­ton had sold 29 Views; seven were mo­torhomes.

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