Foton Sauvana coming in 2016

Foton will be introducing its new SUV, called the Sauvana, to the SA market next year. The model name is derived from the Spanish word “savannah”, which means a tropical plateau, and emphasises the vehicle’s go-anywhere capability.

The Sauvana will use the same 2,8-litre Cummunis turbocharged diesel, chassis and running gear as the Tunland bakkie, which has been available in SA since 2012.

It will be available with either a five-speed manual, or six-speed automatic transmission. Both five and seven-seat version will be available.

Standard features include leather seats, 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.