Earlier this year, we reported that a new national carmaker by the name of SAF will join the market in April this year, bringing with it two models – the Landfort SUV and Striker pick-up truck. Now, Azizul Hj Tandek, managing director of Enggang Keramat Automobile, told paultan.org that the launch of both models is only scheduled to take place early next year.

Both models mentioned above are essentially rebadged versions of models from Chinese brand Foday, namely the Landfort seven-seater SUV and the Lion F22 pick-up truck. Therefore, they will look identical to the Foday models, and will be built at Oriental Assemblers in Tampoi, Johor, the same company that makes Chery models for Malaysia.

As previously reported, only one engine will be available at launch, a 2.4 litre Mitsubishi-derived petrol unit, which produces 134 hp at 5,250 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 2,500 to 3,000 rpm. The engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed auto, with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive (Striker pick-up will be 4×4 only).

Azizul stated that both the Striker and Landfort are EEV certified, and expected to retail for under RM130,000. The company aims to sell 100 units of each as a start, and currently has 20 SAF 3S dealerships nationwide, including in East Malaysia.

GALLERY: Foday Lion F22

GALLERY: Foday Landfort