Fo­ton to bring sport util­ity to South Africa

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

THE Sau­vana was shown by Fo­ton for the first time at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China in 2014 and went on sale in China at the be­gin­ning of 2015.

It has been in­tro­duced into the United States us­ing its Amer­i­can-de­signed Cum­mins en­gine as a ma­jor mar­ket­ing tool.

The Sau­vana is a hard­core, large SUV pow­ered by the 2,8-litre Cum­mins turbo-diesel en­gine that is al­ready fit­ted to Fo­ton’s Tun­land range of pre­mium class pick-ups which have been on sale lo­cally since 2012.

This en­gine is one of the few tested by Wheels that makes more power than claimed.

The Sau­vana, which is based on the chas­sis and run­ning gear of the Tun­land pick-up, has been un­der­go­ing lo­cal eval­u­a­tion in South Africa since early this year and is per­form­ing very well.

It is due for pub­lic launch in the fourth quar­ter of 2016 and is ex­pected to be very com­pet­i­tively priced.

“The Fo­ton brand is mak­ing steady progress into the South African ve­hi­cle mar­ket as we ex­pand the range and we are con­fi­dent the Sau­vanna, which will com­pete in a ma­jor seg­ment of the lo­cal SUV seg­ment, will as­sist in grow­ing sales vol­ume,” said Pereira. — Sup­plied.

PHOTO: IN4RIDE.NET

The Sua­vana from Fo­ton prom­ises to be well-priced.

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