In this review...
- Engine & Fuel Consumption
1. Foton Traveller 2018 Philippines Review: Introduction
Foton – a Chinese marque, first broke into the Philippines in 2006 with its aim of making the local market its strategic export hub. If in SUV segment, it serves the Toplander as flagship, mentioning van category, it has the View Traveller. Some say that the Foton View Traveller is a Hiace clone, but it’s absolutely not outdone by this hot van from Toyota as well as other vans in the market. With an attractive look from outside and decent features, the Traveller is believed to make your ride funnier and more comfortable than ever.
Now, have a deeper insight into the van via this Foton Traveller Philippines review by Philkotse.com.
The Foton Traveller is absolutely not outdone by this hot van from Toyota as well as other vans in the market
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2. Foton Traveller 2018 Exterior
The View Traveller represents an innovative look of a minivan with strong and dynamic structure. Right the first moment you eye it, you’ll realize it greatly resembles the Toyota Hiace, as mentioned earlier. Regardless of this, it’s still a good-looking and modern van. Particularly, a bubble roof makes it bizarre when compared to the tall roof of the car it tries to mimic.
The View Traveller represents an innovative look of a minivan with strong and dynamic structure
Right the first moment you eye it, you’ll realize it greatly resembles the Toyota Hiace
Also worth noting in the Foton Traveller exterior is a chop on the side profile where the extra wheelbase has been included, and exceptionally large overhangs. Contrary to a big body, a “tiny” set of 15-inch wheels somewhat gets us disappointed.
It’s a good-looking and modern van
Contrary to a big body, a “tiny” set of 15-inch wheels somewhat gets us disappointed
If you are looking for a stronger design with more interior space, you can take a look at the Isuzu I-van 2016 for sale. However, each one has its own pros and cons, so let's move on to the next part of this review.
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3. Foton Traveller 2018 Interior
Even though there are some unfinished plastic trim, the Foton Traveller interior does not give you a feeling of driving a “made-from-China” van at all. In fact, even many Japanese models themselves abuse hard plastic on the inside.
While vans like the Urvan and Grandia come with similar seating configurations, the View Traveller’s extra length and width provide passengers with a pass-through aisle between the seats and simultaneously uphold the 3-across seating. Seats in the van are well-shaped with full back and reclining mechanisms.
The Foton is one of the biggest vans in the current market and has more than 10 seats, yet the space and comfort it exudes are more reminiscent of an 8 or 9-seater.
The 2018 Foton Traveller interior does not give you a feeling of driving a “made-from-China” van at all
The Foton is one of the biggest vans in the current market and has more than 10 seats
Apart from elegant design, exceptional comfort, and functionality, the Foton View Traveller 2018 is also installed with some advanced equipment, high-tech infotainment and stereo features including MP3 and CD player, USB, Aux-in and 4 speakers. Besides, parking sensors and the tailgate mirror, keyless entry, rear air-conditioning are all ready for use.
The Traveller is also installed with some advanced equipment, high-tech infotainment and stereo features
The inside exudes elegant design, exceptional comfort, and functionality
Rear air-conditioning is ready for use
4. Foton Traveller 2018 Philippines: Engine & Fuel Consumption
The Foton View Traveller is equipped with a 2.8L 16-valve Cummins ISF turbo diesel engine, which is well capable of 130 horsepower and 280 Nm of peak torque, with a view to providing more economical results for the vehicle’s performance in all kinds of terrain.
Being a people carrier, acceleration numbers is of no concern to the View Traveller, but in actual fact, the vehicle still delivers a decent acceleration and is able to top out 145 kmph.
The vehicle delivers a decent acceleration and is able to top out 145 kmph
Gas mileage of 6km/L in heavy traffic appears reasonable, given its weight and power on hand.
Regarding ride and handling, riding this van is much like driving a bus. Yes, this is a nice bus with long-geared steering and a tall driving position. Body roll can be felt yet not as much as you think of a Chinese-badged van. Overall, braking and handling are both tidy and secure while the ride is relatively soft but the damping is under control, barring over large bumps.
5. Foton Traveller 2018 Philippines Price
|2018 Foton Traveller 2.8L 16-Seater||P1,495,000|
At this moment, the 16-seater Foton View Traveller 2018 sets you back P1,495,000. With this price tag, the View Traveller, admitedly, is an excellent value for money vehicle when pitted against its contenders.
The Traveller 2018 price in the Philippines goes from P1,495,000
6. Foton Traveller 2018 Specs
|Name||Foton View Traveller 2.8L 16-Seater|
|Engine & Performance|
|Engine||Cummins ISF 2.8L, CRDI 16-Valve Turbo Intercooler Diesel|
|Torque||280 Nm @ 1,400 - 3,000 rpm|
|Suspension & Brakes|
Front: Double Wishbone Suspension, Coil Spring, Stabilizer Bar
Rear: Longitudinal Leaf Spring, Telescopic Shock Absorber
Front: Disc Brake (ABS + EBD)
Rear: Drum Brake (ABS + EBD)
|Steering & Wheels|
|Steering||Rack & Pinion Power-Assisted|
|Tires / Wheels||195 / 80 R15 Aluminum Alloy|
|Overall Dimensions (L x W x H)||5,555 mm x 2,060 mm x 2,310 mm|
Front: 1,655 mm
Rear: 1,650 mm
|Gross Vehicle Weight||3,400 kg|
|Curb Weight||2,255 kg|
|Minimum Turning Radius||6.0 m|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||70 L|
|Safety & Security|
7. Foton Traveller 2018 Philippines Review: Verdict
To sum up, the Foton Traveller in the Philippines is probably the roomiest van you can get for your money, even compared to locally assembled rivals from the Japanese carmakers. And when it comes to quality and refinement, it's even much better than several of them. So if you don’t mind driving a Chinese-branded van to get around with your big family, seriously take this one into consideration.
If you don’t mind driving a Chinese-branded van to get around with your big family, seriously take the Foton Traveller into consideration