Ah, here’s another people mover, and it’ll get 14 at a go. Granted, it’s not very sexy, but it is functional. The van with a plan is the Foton View, which was officially introduced yesterday by Dunia Prestasi Auto. The Berjaya-owned company has six versions of the View on call, of which four are relevant here, being window vans (the other two are panel and semi-panel units).
Available in semi-high and high roof forms, there are two engine options for the View, which is locally assembled at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah – a 2.8 litre Isuzu-based turbodiesel with 91 hp at 3,600 rpm and 202 Nm at 2,200 rpm and a normally-aspirated 2.2 litre petrol unit offering 101 hp at 4,300 rpm and 193 Nm at 3,200 rpm, both paired to a five-speed manual transmission.
The 5.32 metre-long View offers seating for 14, and features dual sliding rear doors, ABS and EBD (the ABS fact is very prominently displayed on a rear panel badge) and multiple air-conditioning vents. Speaking of air-conditioning, the control panel for that just screams Nissan Sunny 130Y!
Nothing much else to write about, save the pricing, which is quite attractive if you’re into moving lots of bodies around on the cheap and don’t really mind the form that you’re moving them in. The petrol View Semi-High roof goes for RM70,380, while the High roof is priced at RM71,105. Meanwhile, the diesel Semi-High roof is RM78,206 and the High Roof tops things at RM78,931, all on the road with insurance.