Cummins power for Foton’s big van
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.