The Gratour iM6 variant was displayed at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show. It was then formally launched in February 2020. Another popular variant is the Gratour MiniVan which was first introduced in 2015, powered by a 1.2L engine. Following the success of its first-generation model, Foton Philippines launched the new 2019 Gratour MiniVan. Meanwhile, the Gratour Midi Truck range was introduced in 2017, which comprises of the Dropside, Wing Van, Patrol Jeep, Jeepney, and MPV variants. Foton is known for its affordability and versatility, particularly in provincial cities.
The newest Foton Gratour iM6 adapts the design aesthetic of more popular vehicles in its segment. However, it is taller and wider than most MPV’s. In front is a large chrome grille that is complemented by sweeping multi-reflector headlamps and fog lamps. The straightforward and minimally-designed iM6 rides on 15-inch alloys.
On the other hand, the Gratour MiniVan boasts of five doors, two of which are sliding. Its body has been revamped from the previous generation, which now features an improved front grille, sculpted lines on each side, and 14-inch alloy wheels. It features halogen headlights and fog lights.
Meanwhile, the Gratour Midi Truck range offers multiple body options to cater to specific business and hauling needs. The lineup follows the design of typical midi trucks released by other brands. All of the Midi Trucks ride on 14-inch wheels.
The 7-seater Gratour iM6 is decked in full leather upholstery for all seats as well as the steering wheel. On the second row are captain seats with recline adjustability. Its entire cabin is spacious with plenty of headroom and legroom even at full capacity.
The 8-seater MiniVan also offers a generous amount of space, with the third-row seats designed to fold up to accommodate additional cargo. Its cabin sports a neutral color palette and all seats are wrapped in soft fabric, giving a clean and simple look.
Technology & Safety Features
The iM6 is equipped with a trip computer that reflects the vehicle’s tachometer, fuel, and temperature gauge. On top of this is a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Bluetooth, AUX, and USB. It also comes with an automatic climate control system, a reverse camera, backup sensors, and an anti-lock brake system for added convenience and safety.
Meanwhile, the MiniVan comes with electronic brake distribution, an anti-lock brake system, and a keyless push start button. The commercial vehicle variants, on the other hand, are equipped with the bare necessities such as a basic audio and radio system, front and rear air-conditioning, and an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake distribution.
Platform & Chassis
Foton Gratour’s iM6 variant comes with McPherson strut front suspension and five-link non-independent rear suspension that keeps the vehicle stable and comfortable through rough roads. The top range variant’s stopping power comes from front ventilated discs and rear disc brakes.
The MiniVan MPV variant comes with front McPherson struts with coil springs and rear leaf spring suspension. It is equipped with disc brakes in front and drum brakes at the rear.
The Midi Truck range is also set up with independent McPherson struts in front and rigid leaf springs at the rear. The commercial vehicle models are equipped with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes.
Engine & Drivetrain
Across all variants of the Gratour is a 1.5L DAM 15 DR gasoline engine that produces a range of 110 hp to 114 hp, depending on the variant. Its top-spec variant, the iM6, produces 115 hp and 150 Nm of torque while the MiniVan’s Euro-4 compliant engine and the Midi Truck range can power out up to 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque. All engines powering the Foton Gratour lineup are able to haul the maximum weight capacity of each model with ease and comfort.
The engine is connected to a 5-speed manual transmission. Power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels for the iM6 variant and the rest of the commercial vehicles, while it goes to the front wheels the MiniVan variant.