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…