Toyota Fortuner officially launched

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 16, 2015

After a series of leaked undisguised images went viral earlier this week, Toyota officially lifted the wraps off its all-new second generation Fortuner in Thailand earlier today.

Confirmed for local introduction in the second quarter of 2016, the newcomer forgoes the current model’s somewhat conservative styling in favour of the same razor like design first seen on the recently unveiled Lexus NX, now dubbed Solid Fluidity.

As before, the Fortuner will once again make use of the same underpinnings as recently unveiled Toyota Hilux, but drops the leaf spring suspension for a double-wishbone setup at the front and four-link coils at the rear. Four-wheel drive models will continue to use a mechanical rear diff-lock, which now incorporates active traction control, allowing the driver to choose between electronic assistance or engaging the system at will.

Inside, the interior mirrors that of the Hilux with a tablet-like infotainment system replacing the previous dash integrated unit, and LCD display sitting between the speedo and tachometer on the instrument cluster. Again featuring seven seats, the third row now features fixed hook mounting point as opposed to the current model’s straps, while the middle row boasts a one-touch folding operation.

On four-wheel drive models, and as with the Hilux, the Fortuner does away with the low range transfer gear lever in place of a push-button system, while manual models also adopts its bakkie sibling’s engine rev-matching system known as Intelligent Manual Transmission (i-MT).

Up front, and as speculated before, the Fortuner will use the same range of GD turbodiesel engines as the Hilux although it remains unconfirmed whether any petrol engines would be offered.

Replacing the 2.5 D4-D, the new 2.4-litre unit produces 110 kW and 343 N.m of torque, which rises to 400 N.m when connected to the new six-automatic gearbox.

Topping the range off, the popular but aged 3.0 D4-D oil burner makes way for a new 2.8-litre that churns out 130 kW and 420 N.m of the torque, which goes up to 450 N.m when mated with the self-shifter.

On the petrol side, the revised 2.7-litre mill creates 122 kW and 245 N.m of torque and the similarly updated 4.0-litre V6 a rumoured 207 kW with no torque rating being disclosed.

More details regarding spec and pricing will be released closer launch.

 

IMAGES sourced from www.quickpic.co.za and www.caradvice.com.au