We read about this nasty rock on the forums, and while many can’t agree about the ferocity of the pass, everyone agrees that this rock will kill you if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s a good-looking car though (quite similar to the Hilux), as big as the other contenders and has a … We toyed around with the idea of using the standard Foton 4×4 for our venture into Beelzebub’s valley, but after reading several 4×4 enthusiasts’ reports on the pass, we concluded any stock standard bakkie would die a certain death. The rest of the pass is easy, really. The first and second gear ratios proved to be perfectly suited to the terrain, with manual braking only necessary when things got really tough. However, despite lacking a diff-lock, the Tunland did tackle the Baboons Pass successfully with Leisure Wheels last year and Hannes G. advises drivers to keep up momentum to compensate. South Africa is renowned for its diverse hiking trails. In places where our support vehicle battled – the Tunland (admittedly with those specialised Cooper tyres and trick suspension) just crawled onwards and upwards. The Foton is a sizeable bakkie, which is advantageous in terms of its spacious cabin and broad, deep loading area, the latter of which proved very practical when a Cars.co.za tester needed to move all his detritus during a recent house move. With so many double cab bakkies being launched recently, the Tunland shifted slightly off of most people’s radar. As we approached it at a rather uncomfortable angle, our hearts sank. More information Meanwhile, 4-wheel-drive enthusiasts will appreciate the convenience of being able to shift from 2H to 4H on the fly at the push of a button. Springbok Caravan Park This facility, which features comfortable camping and basic bungalow accommodation, is situated about 3km from the Springbok town centre. Remember, we had no rear differential lock, so we had to storm this rock with a fair turn of momentum. For R450 000, you could have a new, kitted-out Tunland like this, which can go places no other standard double cab would go. The model made its debut in 2005 and is powered by a five-speed, three-litre engine and delivers great torque at a maximum of 343 Newton metres at 3 200 revs a minute. We now live in the era of the R600 000 bakkie, which makes the Tunland a relative bargain at around R400 000. A standard bakkie, any standard bakkie, would be dead by now…. Power: 120kW @ 3 600r/min Another thing to consider is the fuel tank. So we did what anyone in that situation would do – we had a braai. The standard specification is comprehensive and the build quality appears solid. Not so much. The leather upholstery, multifunction 'wheel and Bluetooth-compatible audio system may not seem like deal-makers, but in a competitive market, the items that you can see and feel count for a lot when you're browsing through dealer showrooms. The 5-speed transmission is notchy, especially from a cold start, and an extra ratio would undoubtedly be a boon on longer trips. The Foton Tunland is a true legend in the making, combining power, performance, precision engineering and bold good looks. Theoretically.”. Initially the climb was surprisingly smooth, which once again proved that a slow and easy approach – and good old mechanical grip – still gets you a long way in tough 4×4 conditions. This bullbar ADR compliant and airbag compatible. That rock was simply too large to move by hand leaving a gap for the Tunland between the abyss and the rock that was really not wide enough. Foton Motor Australia Pty Ltd is the distributor for Foton Truck and Tunland vehicle products in Australia. 4×4 drivetrain: Part-time four-wheel drive The road between Springbok and the Namibian border is about as boring as roads get, but the moment you hook a right off the N7 (135km from Springbok, on the dirt road to Swartkop mine) into the valley that leads to the Road to Hell, it feels as if you’re driving on a different planet. Standard price: R389 995 While the best first-aid kit is one that’s customised to your likely needs, says Gear... Kayaking is your entry to new adventures, and it’s one of the most relaxing things... Hilux is still heralded as the benchmark of South African bakkies, Foton Tunland is another intriguing newcomer from China, New nature trail connects New York and Canada, SANParks free access week begins November 16. or Best Offer. Presumably constructed as an access road to a copper mine next to the Orange River in the 1950s, the pass is a rocky, nasty affair with big drop-offs. And so, attempt number three was successful as the Tunland’s low-rev torque and articulation and the grippy Coopers all combined to get the Foton – in spectacular fashion it must be said – up and over that rock. We take pride serving Australia with this new and exciting product. This obstacle is followed by another 100 metres of slow, rocky meandering, after which the most treacherous hindrance presents itself. We were so close! It’s not that navigation without such a system would have been impossible, but it would have been very challenging. Cruise control is standard, which is a godsend when you have kilometre after kilometre of highway between you and your destination. Engine: 2.8-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel Dante did it and he walked. We’ve been down that path several times before and, compared to this ‘Road to Hell’ it’s about as challenging as a chess match against a newborn baby. Cameron found the cup-holder size to be awkward, especially if you have a travel mug with a handle. All "Trip Leaders" and "Organisers" in "4wdtrip.com" are volunteers. Central locking, adjustable, energy-absorbing steering, as well as ABS and EBD braking systems come standard. At 70 litres, it has the lowest capacity compared to the 80-litre tanks of the Hilux, Mazda, Isuzu, Ranger and Amarok and you do not want to come short on fuel when overlanding in Africa. Those examples now cost in the mid-to-high R500k range — they still sell, but only to a fortunate, well-hee… We soldiered on until the GPS told us we had arrived at the pass, and we found the rock with the words ‘Road to Hell’ written on it. The Road to Hell pass is situated in the gramadoelas, far away from everything. We appreciated the voluminous cupholders in the centre console, the lidded oddment storage spaces (including one at the bottom of the fascia) and even the pockets on the front seatbacks, but would have liked a one-touch up/down function on the driver's electric window and additional 12V outlet for rear passengers, for example. It will have the best resale value for the same reasons.’ The Hilux has proved itself again and again to be a great travel car and off-road contender with many devotees looking forward to the next model.