Foton to bring its SUV to SA
FOTON, one of the largest and most successful vehicle manufacturers in China, is set to make its first foray into the South African sports utility vehicle (SUV) market next year when it launches its competitively-priced Sauvana.
The Sauvana was well received during its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show this year and has just been launched in the U.S.
the Sauvana is the first ever SUV to feature a Cummins engine, with the same 2,8-litre turbo-diesel that powers the Foton Tunland driving the sport ute.
Like the Fortuner and Everest do with the Hilux and Ranger, the Sauvana shares the chassis and running gear of the Tunland bakkie.
The twin wishbone independent front suspension and a fivelink control system for the solid rear axle has been undergoing local evaluation in South Africa for over 20 000 km in extreme conditions since early this year and is performing extremely well.
It will be sold locally with a five speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features inside include an infotainment touchscreen and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Luxury features extend to keyless entry and keyless starting, sunroof, automatic climate and cruise control.
“The Foton brand is making steady progress into the South African vehicle market as we expand the range and we are confident the Sauvana, which will compete in a major segment of the local SUV market, will assist in growing sales volume,” said Mike Scarth, who is responsible for sales and marketing of Foton passenger and light commercial vehicles in SA.
Prices will be announced closer to the local launch. — WR.
The Foton Sauvana is heading to SA showrooms next year.