FAW Hongta T340 Pickup Has Watched Way Too Many Ford Explorer Commercials

From most angles, the FAW Hongta T340 looks pretty much like just another pickup truck. Its face, however, strongly resembles that of the fifth-gen, pre-facelift Ford Explorer SUV. Coincidence? Yeah, right.

As many as eight different versions of the truck, priced between 106,800 and 135,800 yuan ($16,760 – $21,310), were launched in China. All models are powered by a 2.5-liter turbo-diesel unit, good for 129 PS (127 HP) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, which on some, higher-spec models, feeds all four wheels. According to Autohome, the T340 also has a 210 mm (8.2 inches) ground clearance.

Customers can opt for regular or long-wheelbase versions of the truck, the former measuring 5,330 mm (209.8 in) in length, 1,880 mm (74 in) in width and 1,825 mm (71.8 in) in height, with a 3,095 mm (121.8 in) wheelbase. Meanwhile, the LWB measures 5,640 mm (222 in) in length and its wheelbase is 3,405 mm (134 in) long. All models come equipped with 265/65 R17 tires.

As for safety and convenience features, there’s ABS, rear parking sensors, central locking, a multi-function steering wheel, trip computer, 6-inch infotainment display, power windows, electrically-adjustable mirrors and more.

Overall, it’s not a bad-looking truck – although Ford’s designers (unwillingly) have to take most of the credit for that…

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    I’ve seen a lot of ripoffs from China but this is the most obvious. They directly copied the front end so well all you need to do is change the badging and it could pass off as an Explorer pickup with Silverado tail lights.

    • Nihar

      It’s an Explorer/Ranger mashup.

      • Zandit75

        Not Ranger specifically. The doors and rear side panels are straight off the earlier generation Holden/GM Colorado.

  • Six_Tymes

    D-BAGS for the world to see. The word Dishonesty should be their business tag line

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    You forgot to mention that body panels and tailights are exact copy of the colorado and d-max

  • RDS Alphard


    “The company refers to itself as FAW Hongta Yunnan Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd., as well as FAW-GM Hongta etc. It comes under the umbrella of FAW-GM Light Duty Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd.”

    so this could very well be licensed copy for body (and interior) & bed design, while Chinese did some tweaks on the front end + their own taillights unit

  • Shobin Drogan

    The side and rear of the car looks like a distorted image.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I’m all for brands recycling other brands designs in new iterations. But Chinese knock-offs tend to make recycled designs look worse and never add anything refreshing or new in return.

  • Miknik

    Interior too. A GM clone with a Ford front end….

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      It’s settled then! China has become AMC.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Yesterday a dong today a hong….what a week!

  • Ron

    They have no shame.

  • I wouldn’t surprised if underneath those ranger body hides ancient Nissan/Mitsubishi/Isuzu chassis.

  • Karl

    Absolutely shameful!

  • Paul

    Another case of China doing what they do best and that is styling ripoffs of other successful products.

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