Most South Africans will associate the Toyota Fortuner as one of most popular SUV vehicles bought by local consumers in this segment. Over the years since
2006 the Fortuner has entrenched itself as a top choice in the marketplace. Now in 2020 the second generation seven-seater offers more appeal to its buyers by upgrading its styling, luxury and features.
The exterior has been re-styled by the design team, with enhanced front larger blacked-out grille with wave like mesh pattern. (gloss finish on the VX model). A silver-accented skid plate underrun projects a tougher more integrated look. Re- profiled sleeker looking Bi-LED headlamps and enhanced prominent chrome accent strips bridge the grille and headlamp assemblies. LED fog lamps and strip- like LED turn-signal lights are housed in the lower bumper. A roof spoiler and Fortuner-emblazoned Centre garnish complete the new look rear view.
In summary the overall upgraded styling projects a sleeker more premium look while retaining the rugged curb-appeal that the Fortuner is renowned for. Oxide Bronze, Glacier White, Chromium Silver, Graphite Grey, and Attitude Black are the five standard exterior colors, while Cosmic Blue and Chestnut Brown can be selected at an extra cost making it seven colors on offer in total. 17-inch alloy wheels with 265-65-R17 tyres remain on the 2.4 GD-6 models whereas the 2.8 GD-6 variants get 18-inch turbine design alloys with 265-60-R18 tyres.
Moving inside the main shift is to a black interior in-line with market requests. A more premium black leather hide with silver contrast stitching replaces the previous brown-leather interior. A new instrument panel with metallic-blue dial faces, white needle pointers, complement the blue interior lighting. The all-new 8-inch infotainment system allows users to mirror applications off their mobile phones including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Navigation such as Google Maps and Waze. Wireless telephony is supported via Bluetooth with a USB input for additional media options.
Under the bonnet the upgrades continue with a 20kW boost to the engine now producing 150kW, and an additional 50Nm to 500Nm. A new common-rail injection system with a higher maximum fuel pressure of 250 MPa, and a larger heavy-duty turbocharger has improved performance and fuel economy simultaneously. More improvements include new coated cylinder-head gasket, revised higher-rigidity cylinder block, and new exhaust manifold and gasket materials. A fuel consumption of 6.8 to 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers is attributed to a new combustion chamber that reduces cooling losses and more efficient exhaust gas recirculation in the intake manifold. The six speed automatic transmission in turn has been recalibrated to allow earlier lockup for improved acceleration and cooling performance, especially while towing. The towing capacity of the 2.4 GD-6 4×4 models has seen a significant increase of 800kg, now registering 3.3 tons and matching that of the previous 2.8 GD-6 4×4 models. (3300kg an increase of 300kg now for the 2.8 models).
Other enhancements to the Fortuner include…
? Ride and handling performance
? Park-Distance Control (PDC)
? Cruise Control
? Multi-Information Display, including large digital speed read out
? One-touch power windows
? Reverse Camera
? Air-conditioning upper glove box
? Multiple 12-volt power outlets
? Cup/Bottle holder
? Tilt and Telescope adjustable steering column
? Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) integrates Pre-Collision, Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Sign Recognition.
? ABS/EBS/Brake Assist.
? Trailer Sway Control/Traction Control
The new flagship 2.8 GD-6 VX will have the highest-level specifications including seat heating for driver and passenger, welcome lighting, and embedded Audio- Visual Navigation (AVN). All Toyota Fortuner models come with a three year/100 000km warranty, 9-service/90 000km service plan as standard. Customers can purchase extended service plans and warranty packages via their Toyota dealer.
Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB 6MT R566 800
Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB 6AT R588 000
Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 4×4 6AT R616 700
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT R700 100
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 6AT R770 400
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB VX 6AT R720 200
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 VX 6AT R790 500