The Foton Toplander was first introduced in 2015 at Foton’s Big Show. It has had several changes since its launch, including a refreshed fascia and new tech features. The grille was improved with revamped headlamps to match the new character lines on the sides of its body. Its infotainment system likewise progressed from a basic radio system to a touchscreen. Its 2019 versions are marketed at Php 1,398,000 for the base variant and Php 1,498,000 for the top range variant.
Upfront, the SUV sports a decent amount of chrome mixed with hard plastic finishes. It comes with automatic halogen headlamps, daytime running lights, fog lamps, and LED mirror-mounted turning lights. Completing the athletic and rugged look are roof rails and a step board. What sets this vehicle apart is its size which is commendably larger than its competitors at 1,870mm in height with a 2,135mm width. The top-spec variant rides on 17-inch alloys while the base variant comes with 16-inch wheels.
The Foton Toplander’s cabin is generally clad in black plastic material with touches of carbon fiber. Its matte finish gives it quite an elevated look at first glance. The EX top-spec variant comes with seats that are upholstered in premium leather material, while the EL variant’s seats are wrapped in fabric.
In terms of space, the 7-seater provides adequate legroom in both first and second rows. The third row is quite cramped however, it is equipped with air-conditioning vents that are not present on the second row. The trunk is enormous as expected from an SUV. It can still be expanded when the third-row seats are folded to maximize the space for cargo hauling.
Technology & Safety Features
Both EX and EL variants are equipped with a multi-information LED display and an entertainment system capable of playing multimedia files through USB ports and AUX. Audio comes out of a 6-speaker system with decent quality. Additionally, the EX variant comes with more tech features. Its 2-DIN touchscreen infotainment system comes with Bluetooth and mirroring capabilities. The screen also doubles as a display for the reverse camera.
In terms of safety, Foton furnished the Toplander with rear parking sensors, keyless entry, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, electronic brake distribution, and anti-lock brake system. The top-spec EX variant comes with cruise control.
Platform & Chassis
An independent double-wishbone suspension is supplied to the front complemented by five-link coil spring suspension at the rear. The front and rear suspensions can handle rough roads without causing discomfort to its passengers. The Toplander also comes with noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) isolation that adds to the ride comfort. Stopping power comes from disc brakes all around.
Engine & Drivetrain
Under the hood is a 2.8-liter inline-4 turbocharged Cummins diesel engine that produces 161 hp and 360 Nm of torque. The US-based brand has an unrivaled reputation in the trucking industry, which gives the Toplander an edge in terms of its power. Attached to the engine is a Daimler 6-speed automatic transmission through which power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels. The SUV also comes with two additional drive modes, Eco and Sport.