Eagerly awaited Toyota Fortuner arrives


Just over a year after spy images of the all-new Toyota Fortuner leaked online, Toyota South Africa has officially announced complete details of its early awaited second generation body-on-frame SUV.

Repeatedly the country’s best-selling off-roader since its debut in 2006, the new Fortuner is touted by automaker as being the vehicle “that breaches the gap between freedom and urbanity” and one that “can seamlessly from a sophisticated urban warrior to a fierce bush conqueror”.

Externally, the Fortuner drops its predecessor’s conservative boxy looks in favour of a more rounded yet striking appearance, with a number of hints taken from the Lexus NX and RX. Characterised by a prominent three-dimensional trapezoidal front bumper and chrome plated grille, the Fortuner also boast blacked-out pillars giving the impression of a floating roof, as well as chrome plated door mouldings on higher spec models.

Underneath its new skin, the Fortuner rides on the same platform as the recently launched Toyota Hilux, but does away with the traditional leaf-spring suspension layout in place of double wishbones at the front and four-link coils with stabalisers at the rear.

In addition, the suspension towers have been recalibrated and the dampers reinforced for rough conditions, while the body-frame has been stiffened and the steering improved for better feedback. Toyota also claims an improvement in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels with the addition of more engine bay and transmission tunnel insulation, as well as the use of expansion foam throughout the cab to prevent road noise.

Inside, the interior has been completely redesigned with the layout drawing inspiration from the bigger Prado and Land Cruiser. Unlike the Hilux, the Fortuner foregoes the tablet-like infotainment display for an integrated seven-inch unit, which, on higher spec models, boasts DAB+ digital radio, DVD player and in the case of the flagship 4.0-litre V6, satellite navigation.

Consisting of eight models with the option of two petrol and turbodiesel engine offerings, the Fortuner also sees the shelving of the terminally aged four-speed gearbox on automatic models, for the same six-speed unit used on the Hilux.

A similar ratio manual replaces the old five-speeder with the range topping 2.8 GD-6 coming fitted as standard with iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission), which automatically matches the engine’s RPM with that of the box for smoother shifts.

Starting the range off, the base Fortuner can now be have with either a petrol or turbodiesel engine, with the former comprising of a 2.7-litre unit previously only available in the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Brazil and Colombia.

Fitted with a new combustion chamber to support higher RPM’s, the revised mill churns out 122 kW and 245 N.m of torque, with drive only going to the rear wheels via the auto box. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.5 L/100 km with Toyota claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 12.4 secs, top speed of 175 km/h and emissions of 247 g/km.

Replacing the old 2.5 D4-D oil burner, diesel power for the entry level Fortuner comes from Toyota’s new 2.4-litre Global Diesel (GD) engine that makes 110 kW and 400 N.m of torque. As with the 2.7, drive only goes to rear wheels but with the option of the manual or automatic box.

Top speed is rated at 175 km/h for the manual and 170 km/h for the auto, with the self-shifter reaching 100 km/h from standstill in 12.7 secs versus the former’s 13.2. Fuel consumption and emissions for the manual are rated at 7.0 L/100 and 184 g/km, with the auto’s coming at 7.9 L/100 km and 208 g/km.

Completing the diesel line-up, the stalwart 3.0 D4-D makes way for the 2.8 GD-6 that makes 130 kW and 420 N.m of torque when connected with the manual and 450 N.m of torque with the automatic. Rear and four-wheel drive drivetrains are offered on both with fuel consumption ranging from 7.5 L/100 km to 8.5 L/100 km, and emissions between 196 g/km and 224 g/km.

Remaining unchanged, the range topping 4.0-litre V6 produces again 175 kW and 376 N.m of torque, with drive only going to all four wheels through the six-speed automatic. Top speed is a claimed 180 km/h with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 9.8 secs. Combined consumption is rated at 12.0 L/100 km and emissions at 277 g/km.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 k service plan is standard on all models.



2.7 Raised Body AT 122 kW / 245 N.m R429 400
2.4 GD-6 Raised Body 110 kW / 400 N.m R436 400
2.4 GD-6 Raised Body AT 110 kW / 400 N.m R453 400
2.8 GD-6 Raised Body 132 kW / 420 N.m R513 400
2.8 GD-6 Raised Body AT 132 kW / 450 N.m R531 400
2.8 GD-6 4x4 132 kW / 420 N.m R571 400
2.8 GD-6 4x4 AT 132 kW / 450 N.m R589 400
4.0 V6 4x4 AT 176 kW / 376 N.m R633 400