The Toyota Fortuner is a mid-size SUV sold by Toyota in mainly the Asian countries. The SUV was launched in India and was assembled from CKD kits at the company’s plant located at Bidadi in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Fortuner is the best selling SUV in this segment and it out sells its competitors by a huge margin. Indian customers love its rugged look that gives it a commanding road presence.

The car is based on the Toyota Hilux which is regarded as one of the best built pick-up trucks of all time. Top Gear UK tested the truck and termed it as an ‘indestructible truck’ after it survived all their attempts to kill, which incuded setting the car on fire. Later, Top Gear UK took the car to the North Pole and also to the edge of an active volcano in Iceland and the car did the trips without any hiccups.

Toyota has now globally launched the next generation 2016 Fortuner simultaneously in Australia and Thailand. This is the first time that the SUV will be offered in Australia. It continues to share its underpinning with the Hilux pick-up truck.

2016 Toyota Fortuner

EXTERIOR

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It has a modern SUV deisgn but it still retains the butch old school ruggedness that is visible

The exterior has been designed so that the Fortuner can do both the school run and go off-roading with ease. It has a modern SUV deisgn but it still retains the butch old school ruggedness that is visible in the SUV’s tall stance.

At the front, the SUV gets new bumpers and horizontal headlights. Chrome strips connect the headlamps to the front bumper. The redesigned grille gets two chrome slats between the headlamps. The fog lights also get chrome surround. There is no air intake on the hood that is present in the current Fortuner. The side profile makes sure that the SUV still has its tall and rugged stance. The belt line rises sharply after the rear window and then slopes gently towards the rear of the car. This gives the car a sleek look. The car gets new alloy wheels. The rear is rather simple in design. The Fortuner gets horizontal tail lamps with a thick chrome strip connecting them. The chrome strip has the word ‘Fortuner’ embedded in it.

The next generation Fortuner comes with roof rails, fog lamps, and keyless entry. The top end variant will also get LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights, a power back door and a rear spoiler.

Dimensions

Length (mm) 4,795
Width (mm) 1,855
Height (mm) 1,835
Wheelbase (mm) 2,745
Ground clearance (mm) 225
Seats 7 (2-3-2)
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 80

INTERIORS

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The new Fortuner is a 7-seater and it gets a new refreshed dash board. Gone is the boring dash board that was taken from the Innova. Pictures revealed by Toyota show an all black interior but a dual-tone interior is also expected. The car gets a new centre console with an infotainment screen, a new steering wheel, and a new instrument cluster with blue lighting. The dashboard also gets a brushed aluminium finish strip which separates the centre console and the air conditioning vents. The interior is similar to that of the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck.

The equipment list includes front and rear air-conditioning, large touchscreen audio displays, Toyota Link connected mobility and a temperature controlled compartment that keeps food and drinks warm and cold. The car also gets keyless start.

DRIVETRAIN

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The next generation Toyota Fortuner gets new engines. The SUV will be powered by a 2.8 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine which will replace the existing 3.0 liter unit. This small is more capble and also fuel efficient at the same time producing aqbout 174 HP of peak power. A new 6-speed manual and a new 6-speed automatic transmission are available as gearbox options. The 2.8 litre engine makes 420 Nm of torque with manual transmission and 450 Nm of torque in an automatic transmission equipped vehicle. The manual transmission ensures smoother shifts by matching the engine and transmission speeds. A smaller 2.4 litre diesel engine producing around 148 HP and 400 Nm of torque is also expected to replace the 2.5 Liter diesel unit which powers the current Fortuner. These new engines belong to GD family and will replace the existing KD series of engines.

The Fortuner gets an all-wheel drive gearbox with high and low range to enhance its off-roading ability. It also gets rear differential locks that give the SUV a go anywhere capability. The vehicle also gets new suspension. It uses double wishbones at the front and five-link coil springs at the rear. Front and rear stabilizers have been used to reduce body roll.

The car rides on 17 inch or 18 inch wheels and is based on a body on frame chassis.

Specifications

Engine type Four-cylinder, turbo-diesel
Displacement (cc) 2,755
Maximum power (HP@rpm) 174@3,400
Maximum torque (automatic/manual) (Nm@rpm) 450@1,600-2,400/420@1,400-2,600
Transmission 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic
Fuel system High-pressure direct injection
4X4 system Part time
Chassis Body on frame
Front suspension Double wishbone, stabiliser bar
Rear suspension 5-link, coil springs, stabiliser bar

SAFETY FEATURES

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The new Fortuner gets front and rear disc brakes. The car comes with a reversing camera, seven airbags, hill-start assist control and an emergency stop signal as standard. The car also gets downhill assist control, stability control and traction control.

PRICES

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The Toyota Fortuner is expected to be launched in India during the 2016 Auto Expo and will be slightly more expensive than current Fortuner, whose base variant retails at 24.17 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).

COMPETITION

FORD ENDEAVOUR

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Ford is expected to launch the 2015 Endeavour in India sometime around Diwali. The SUV looks rugged yet good enough for everyday use in the city. The dominating front grille will give the car a commanding road presence and this will be desired by many. The SUV will be powered by a new 2.2 litre, four-cylinder engine. The 3.0 litre diesel engine producing 154 HP and 380 Nm of torque is expected to be offered in the new car. The 2015 Ford Endeavour is expected to cost slightly more than the current car which starts at 22.16 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).

CONCLUSION

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The new Fortuner looks like it is a good package. It has the strong the points of the outgoing car. These are the rugged looks and powerful engine. The company has also given the SUV a modern look so that it appeals to more buyers. The negative point of the old car was its dashboard. The new car gets a new refreshing dashboard and lots of equipment. When launched in India, these points should help Toyota retain its mammoth share of the segment.

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Press Release

WORLD PREMIERE FOR SEVEN-SEAT TOYOTA FORTUNER

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Toyota today staged the simultaneous global reveal of a new seven-seat family SUV that will arrive in its Australian dealer showrooms towards the end of October.

Known as Fortuner, the new SUV will expand Toyota’s market-leading SUV line-up to six vehicles - joining RAV4, Kluger, FJ Cruiser, LandCruiser Prado and LandCruiser 200 Series.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the world premiere, staged simultaneously in Australia and Thailand, heralds a stylish and refined vehicle that is remarkably tough and offers genuine 4WD ability.

"Fortuner’s strength and refinement ensures it is equally at home on the school run as on the toughest off-road trails found in Australia," Mr Cramb said.

"Fortuner shares the rugged underpinnings of the ’unbreakable’ HiLux, allowing owners to travel to - and return from - places many other SUVs simply can’t go.

"At the same time, Fortuner’s unique design suits the advanced tastes of modern SUV buyers while being equipped with a comprehensive list of features appreciated by families and business owners.

"Fortuner provides a diesel alternative to the petrol-only Kluger range as the new entry point for customers looking to purchase a large Toyota diesel SUV."

Toyota sells more SUVs in Australia than any other brand, having delivered more than 50,000 in each of the past three years. No other company has sold 40,000 SUVs in a single year.

Fortuner will be offered in Australia in three grades - GX, GXL and Crusade - all powered by Toyota’s new 2.8-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that develops up to 450Nm of torque^.

A new six-speed manual gearbox includes ’intelligent’ technology on GXL and Crusade grades to ensure smoother shifting by matching engine speed to transmission speed. A newly developed six-speed automatic transmission is also available.

All variants are fitted with trailer sway control, which is designed to assist if a towed vehicle becomes unsettled by crosswinds, bumpy roads or sharp turns of the steering wheel. Maximum braked towing capacity will be three tonnes for the manual and 2.8 tonnes for the auto*.

A part-time 4x4 during day-to-day driving, owners can turn a dial to access Fortuner’s impressive four-wheel-drive ability in high or low range.

The suspension package was developed and tuned by local engineers to meet Australia’s harsh conditions, with double wishbones at the front and a five-link, coil-spring configuration at the rear for impressive handling stability and ride comfort on all surfaces. Front and rear stabiliser bars suppress body roll.

The vehicle’s off-road prowess is enhanced by a rear differential lock with the componentry placed within the differential housing for greater off-road protection.

Significant local development was also applied to ensure optimum tuning of the stability and active traction control electronics for local conditions, particularly for use on gravel. Drivers can disable the electronics for specific off-road situations, such as driving in slippery mud or sand.

A reversing camera is standard across the range, as are seven airbags, hill-start assist control and an emergency stop signal. Toyota expects Fortuner to attract the top five-star safety rating.

All variants will feature front and rear air-conditioning, large touchscreen audio displays, Toyota Link connected mobility#, side steps, 17 or 18-inch wheels, disc brakes front and rear, and an air-conditioned compartment that helps keep drinks and food warm or cold.

The two higher grades are fitted with roof rails, fog lamps, reverse parking sensors, keyless smart entry and start, and downhill assist control.

At the top-of-the-range, features include bi-LED headlamps and LED daytime running lamps, a power back door and 18-inch alloys with highway tyres.

Fortuner will come to Australia with a comprehensive and integrated range of Toyota Genuine accessories developed and rigorously tested locally.

"These accessories - including alloy and steel bull bars compatible with the vehicle’s safety systems - build on the strong global platform and specifically meet the needs of Australian buyers," Mr Cramb said.

FORTUNER - PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Length

4795mm

Width

1855mm

Height

1835mm

Wheelbase

2745mm

Front track

1640mm (GX), 1540mm

Rear track

1555mm

Running clearance

225mm

Engine type

Turbo-diesel

Code

1GD-FTV

Displacement

2755cm3

Max power

130kW @ 3400rpm

Max torque

Auto: 450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm
Manual: 420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm

Transmissions

6-speed manual
6-speed auto

Fuel system

High-pressure direct injection

4x4 system

Part-time

Chassis

Body on frame

Front suspension

Double wishbone, stabiliser bar

Rear suspension

5-link, coil springs, stabiliser bar

Towing (unbraked)

750kg

Towing (braked)

Man: 3,000kg
Auto: 2,800kg

Seats

7 (2-3-2 configuration)

Fuel tank

80 litres

^When paired with automatic transmission.
*Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
#Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver’s compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user’s cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Further information is provided at www.toyota.com.au/toyotalink.

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