For over half a century, jeepneys have been regarded as kings of the road. But time and the relentless march of technology have caught up with them. This is why the government has embarked on a Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program—one that will continue the legacy of these road-going Philippine icons, but do so with more comfort, convenience, safety, and environment-friendliness.
Of course, even among the new-generation modern jeepneys, there is a pecking order—from small to medium to large. And the one at the top is the biggest Class 3 Modern Jeepney.
This is where the FOTON F-Jeepney Class 3 comes in. In support of the government’s PUV Modernization Program and in line with its efforts to provide world-class dependable mobility to Filipinos, FOTON Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI) developed and created the F-Jeepney Class 3.
The 6-wheeler FOTON F-Jeepney Class 3 offers bigger and more robust capabilities than most modern jeepneys. Designed to meet the transportation requirements of the commuting Filipinos, it upgrades the traditional Filipino jeepney with its spacious 26-passenger capacity powered by the proven 3.8-liter ISF Cummins common-rail turbo-diesel engine. Producing a dependable power output of 154 hp at 2,600 rpm and an enormous maximum torque of 500 Nm from 1,200 to 1,900 rpm, it gives the new king of the road the extra muscle to move a full load effortlessly.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission for maximum drivability and fuel economy. Driving range is heavily extended, thanks to the huge 120-liter fuel tank. Strong braking power comes from its air brakes equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Boasting modern world-class technology, the F-Jeepney Class 3 meets modern transportation requirements, featuring an Automatic Fare Collection System for cashless transactions, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS Tracker, CCTV system, an LED TV screen, an electronic signage, and an emergency stop button with buzzer. The F-Jeepney Class 3 also complies with Philippine National Standard (PNS) 2126:2017 as well as Euro IV emission standards.
The F-Jeepney Class 3 provides extra comfort with its cushioned front-facing seats, easy-to-grip handrails, and highly effective air-conditioning system with multiple air vents. Even the driver has his share of creature comforts: adjustable steering wheel, power steering, power windows, central locking, remote key, radio audio system, and even a key-forgotten alarm.
FOTON Motor Philippine Inc. is participating in the PUV Modernization Program in accordance with its commitment to support the growth and continued development of the automotive industry, its customers, and the rest of the stakeholders by offering high-quality vehicles to the market. It is also in line with Foton’s efforts to improve the local transportation system in multiple aspects.