Specially designed by the original Mercedes-Benz Sprinter car design team based in Stuttgart, Germany, the FOTON Toano combines elegant and expansive interiors with a powerful, Cummins turbo diesel engine to provide a ride that redefines luxury.
Ample and comfortable seating for up to 15 passengers is matched with a high ceiling, making standing upright (although not recommended) inside the vehicle doable, while a long wheel base (measuring at 3,750mm) makes for stately, comfortable – and safe, as each seat come with its own seatbelt – ride. The Toano runs on FOTON’s signature, and by-now familiar power plant, the bulletproof 2.8-liter ISF Cummins CRDi turbo diesel engine outputting 160 hp and 360 Nm of torque. It’s the same unit found on the brand’s very capable Toplander SUV and Thunder pickup truck.
It’s a proven mill, and certified as Euro IV compliant, therefore meeting the government’s call for reduced emissions. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, it’s a carriage better piloted by a chauffeur, especially in traffic and long trips, the better to enjoy the space and comfort that come standard with the vehicle.
The Toano offers what can be described as a comfortable living space, although another variant, the Executive features a nautically-themed (yes, think yacht) interior with a huge LED TV and A/V suite. The spacious, high-ceilinged interior features light-colored fabric seats with individual head and back rests, AM/FM radio, CD player, Audio input (AUX + USB) and remote control power windows, and outside there’s an automatic, electric footboard, reverse cameras and sensors, and a split vertical rear door that locks open when needed. Standard are LED side-mirror signal lights, dual front airbags, and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Available color variants are Aurora White, Metallic Silver and Amber Bronze.
The biggest surprise is perhaps the price; the 15-seater FOTON Toano comes out of the box at only Php1,688,000; cost of ownership is equally affordable, with a 5 year/150,000km warranty. Overall makes for great value-for-money and affordability, certainly at par with equivalent competitive offerings.