Gearbox: Five-speed manual (with transfer case) It came with a lift-kit, LAS Profender upgraded shock absorbers and leaf springs, plenty of underbody protection, replacement front and rear bumpers and a set of chunky Cooper Discoverer STT Max off-road tyres draped over XD Series rims. On the second go, things got a lot more serious. Unfortunately, inflation has put paid to the idea that if you want a double-cab, you can buy a big-engined bakkie that can rival conventional passenger cars for luxury and trounce them in terms of off-road ability. Furthermore, the multifunction steering wheels controls work well and the integrated handsfree systems microphone (mounted on the inside of the A-pillar) relayed clearly audible dialogue. The Tunland line bears brand marks of premium component manufacturers due to joint venture agreements signed between Foton and established brands including, for example, Cummins diesel engines, Getrag transmission, a Borg Warner transfer case and Dana axles and differentials in the 4x4 (the 2 Wheel drive has a Tangshan 5 speed transmission), and Bosch electronics and ABS. The surrounding mountains were spectacular and the fact that we were completely off the grid only added to the romance. Since we had very little idea what to expect, it made sense to take this Tunland. (, Turbocharged with Front Mounted Intercooler. Take a look at the specifications for further details. This particular route to eternal damnation is situated roughly 150km north of Springbok, right on the border with Namibia. Its a good-looking car though (quite similar to the Hilux), as big as the other contenders and has a stylish up-to-date interior. Cruise control is standard, which is a godsend when you have kilometre after kilometre of highway between you and your destination. While testing the Fotons off-road performance in a variety of conditions near Melkbosstrand outside Cape Town, the Foton proved more than capable. In conclusion The first serious obstacle presented itself within 200 metres a large rock on the right of the narrow track. Not much is known about the Road to Hell pass, other than a few basic facts we found on blog posts from offroaders who have been there before. Namakwa Tourism: Tel: 027 712 8035/6; email [emailprotected]; northerncape.org.za. Meanwhile, 4-wheel-drive enthusiasts will appreciate the convenience of being able toshift from 2H to 4H on the fly at the push of a button. Presumably constructed as an access road to a copper mine next to the Orange River in the 1950s, the pass is a rocky, nasty affair with big drop-offs. Thanks to our Tunlands additional ground clearance and the addition of gravity taking us down the steep section, we overcame that rock without too much drama and soldiered through the infamous dongas that soon followed. Foton luxury model double cabs are fitted with reverse radar and all models with child lock, so you can buckle up and take on any road with confidence. Overview. The GWM Steed tackling the articulation exercise. Editor Cameron Ewart-Smith is currently driving the GWM Steed as a long-term test for Getaway and at R259 900 its the cheapest of the bunch. This bullbar ADR compliant and airbag compatible. Range: 750km FOTON TUNLAND DOOR/BOOT/GATE LOCK LH REAR, DUAL CAB, 2012-2017. If you DON'T agree to these terms, DO NOT JOIN THIS Trip or website. Phew! Read Part 3 of the Double-cab shoot-out here, Read Part 4 of the Double-cab shoot-out here, Double cab shootout in partnership with CAR mag. The auto-locking doors is a good security measure as well. The obstacle tends to bounce the vehicle left and into the rock face, but the left rear wheel suddenly found grip, which caused the front of the bakkie to shoot right and slightly over the cliffs edge, coming to rest with the chunky LA Sport belly plate embedded on a large rock. It was the first Chinese bakkie that could go toe to toe with the Japanese offerings, but since its launch in 2012, the goalposts have moved forward considerably. Service intervals, atevery 10 000 km, are a little short. AU $137.50. Take a look at the specifications for further details. At the Tunland's asking price, the 2.8 Double Cab 4x4 Luxury certainly looks the part (that of a suitably well-specified, desirable five-seater bakkie) and its kerb appeal is backed by an apparently solid build quality and a measure of luxury in a market where other fringe players that are priced below it don't feel as substantial, and more sophisticated/newer products priced above it feel relatively stripped down. A quick glance beyond said rock confirmed our worst fears. The plan was simple. Springbok Caravan Park This facility, which features comfortable camping and basic bungalow accommodation, is situated about 3km from the Springbok town centre. Its not that navigation without such a system would have been impossible, but it would have been very challenging. Harrop is a preferred supplier of Eaton Supercharger and Traction Control technology. We read about this nasty rock on the forums, and while many cant agree about the ferocity of the pass, everyone agrees that this rock will kill you if you dont know what youre doing. Through heaven to get to hell Foton Tunland: diff-lock makes a difference The Foton Tunland is another intriguing newcomer from China , but at R339 950 it isnt as affordable as the GWM Steed and it doesnt have diff-lock. For more information visit: 10 000km or 12 months (whichever comes first), Safety belts with pretentioners and force limiters, Safety belts with pre-tentioners and force limiters. 44 driving aids: None Prices start from around R1 700 per person per night. 2017 Foton Tunland ute. Dante did it and he walked. Weve been down that path several times before and, compared to this Road to Hell its about as challenging as a chess match against a newborn baby. As an ownership proposition, the 3-year/100 000 warranty is good, but the 5-year service plan is valid for 70 000 km, which is less than the 90000 km/100 000 km market benchmarks. Source:Supplied The Tunland in profile looks handsomely retro by current ute standards but the fake chrome grille is, lets be frank here, as ugly as a hatful. Fuel tank: 75 litres TAG - Heavy Duty Towbar Suited For - Foton Tunland Ute (10/2012 Onwards) AU $485.06 . Its not perfect, but a thoroughly well-balanced product. The loose, rocky surface demands a rear differential lock, but since we didnt have one, we had to rely on old-school methods. The ride was comfortable and Hannes Grobler (South African off-road rally champ) noted the vehicle had better suspension than the Foton and even beat off the Hilux in terms of a softer ride, which youll want if you have the family in the car. For crying out loud! By signing up for these "Trips", you agree to release 4wdtrip.com and its "Organisers" from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity. The start of the actual Road to Hell pass is about 30km from the N7 turn-off at S28.84759, E017.97510. Sturdy, spacious and a willing worker, the Tunland's price is its biggestbarrier to greater sales success. The Hiluxs off-road capabilities are second to none with great engine compression despite being the oldest model in the troop. Free postage. The easily recognisable Hilux is still heralded as the benchmark of South African bakkies due its reliability and good resale value Hannes G. even dubbed it Old Faithful and all bakkies are measured against it. We toyed around with the idea of using the standard Foton 44 for our venture into Beelzebubs valley, but after reading several 44 enthusiasts reports on the pass, we concluded any stock standard bakkie would die a certain death. Specialists in turnkey project management, aluminium casting, precision milling & turning, CNC Machining, fabrication and assembly. Look at it this way. In the back of our minds, however, we knew that large rock was still coming. Foton places great importance on keeping you protected for the entire journey. The tester that put the Tunland through its paces commented that although diff-lock (which is not fitted) would not have been required under the circumstances,the bakkie could benefitfrom a trifle more torque at low revs and that a shorter rear overhang would have been more ideal. Safety wise, the dual front airbags and ABS with EBD are standard, yes, but traction and stability control would have added more piece of mind. It has a two-litre engine with a six-speed, manual gearbox (the only six-speed manual in the test fleet) and comes with leather seats. On that note, the CAR fuel index has the Steed with the best fuel consumption of the lot, an important consideration with fuel prices sitting so high. This is unfortunate, because the Tunland represents an interesting alternative choice to the mainstream bakkies. Foton luxury model double cabs are fitted with reverse radar and all models with child lock, so you can buckle up and take on any road with confidence. 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