Foton to launch Midi crossover in RP

Will it fare better than its cool Chinese competitor?
Apr 29, 2010

Top Gear Philippines - Foton Midi crossover coming to the Philippines

Changping District, Beijing--Foton Motor's presence in the Philippine market will further expand as the local distributor of the Chinese car brand plans to launch the Midi in the second half of the year.

The Midi--which is essentially a crossover vehicle with the characteristics of an MPV and a sedan--comes in standard and lengthened versions. It is aimed at motorists who are looking for an affordable multipurpose vehicle, Foton Motor Philippines president Rommel Sytin told Manila-based journalists.

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The standard version (4,288mm in length) can accommodate five passengers, while the lengthened variant (4,338mm in length) can seat seven. Both versions are 1,725mm wide and 1,768mm tall.

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Foton Motor Philippines has not specified the variants that will be brought to the Philippines, but the current Midi lineup has 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter engine options.

The 1.3-liter variant produces a maximum output of 97.2hp and a torque of 108Nm, while the 1.6-liter variant registers 99.5hp and 134Nm. Foton said the Midi's fuel consumption is 7.2 liters for every 100km.

The Midi's basic features include sliding doors for passengers, double front airbags, ABS and EBD, and aluminum alloy wheel rims.

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