Toyota Fortuner receives power and spec upgrades
Toyota Fortuner range expanded with VX grade, more powerful engine and enhanced styling
The Toyota Fortuner has been a firm favourite on South African roads since it was first launched in 2006. Now in its second generation, the seven-seat Fortuner continues to offer the perfect blend of styling, versatility, off-road prowess and practicality.
For 2020, the design and engineering teams focused on amplifying those core attributes that have made it successful, such as sharpened styling, enhanced specification levels and improved performance.
New flagship grade
Changing market requirements have led to the introduction of a new top of the range model in the form of the 2.8 GD-6 VX. The VX suffix is employed on Toyota’s other SUV ranges, including RAV4, Prado and Land Cruiser 200 and denotes the highest specification level on offer.
At the front a larger blacked out grille, with wave-like mesh pattern, is accompanied by a silver accented skid plate underrun for a tougher, more integrated look. Re-profiled Bi-LED headlamps provide a sleeker look and these are further enhanced by prominent chrome strips that bridge the grille and headlamp assemblies.
The Bi-LED headlamps now feature striking scalloped DRL light guides and are joined by LED fog lamps and strip-like LED turn-signal elements in the lower bumper, which also do duty as additional puddle lighting.
In the VX-grade, the side profile is enhanced with a thin, chrome belt-line that extends towards the rear, effectively wrapping around the vehicle and complementing the other chrome detailing. New taillights with integrated light guides, help deliver a more striking night-time signature. A roof spoiler and Fortuner-emblazoned centre garnish complete the rear view.
The 2.4 GD-6 models retain their 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 265/65 R17 rubber while the 2.8 GD-6 variants receive a stylish new 18-inch alloy wheel with turbine design and metallic surface treatment, employing 265/60-R18 tyres.
One of the major changes, sees the previously employed brown-leather interior replaced by sophisticated black hide with silver contrast stitching, following market requests.
A new instrument cluster design has been employed with metallic-blue dial faces, white needle pointers and a simple, elegant font, complementing the blue interior lighting. These are augmented by an expanded, centrally-mounted multi-information display.
An all-new eight-inch infotainmenty system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality now calls Fortuner home.
Power and Performance
Under the bonnet, the output of the 2.8 GD-6 engine has been boosted by 20kW to 150kW, with an additional 50Nm on offer, bringing the figure to 500Nm.
Toyota engineers have improved performance and fuel economy simultaneously by adopting a larger, heavy-duty turbocharger with a ball-bearing cartridge for exceptionally crisp and strong throttle response. Toyota claim that fuel consumption ranges from 6.8 to 7.7 litres per 100km.
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 2.4 GD-6 4x4 models has seen a significant increase of 800kg, now registering 3 300kg and matching that of the 2.8 GD-6 4x4 model which can now also tow 3300kg.
All Fortuner models come comprehensively equipped, in-line with their lifestyle useage. The 2.4 GD-6 variants now also include Park Distance Control alongside full LED lighting, cruise control and touchscreen infotainment. A new Multi-Information Display screen includes a large, digital-speed read out and steering wheel angle indicator.
The 2.8 GD-6 ‘mid-grade’ adds an electro-chromatic rear view mirror, power seat adjustment for driver and passenger, climate control as well as rear fog lamps. A leather steering wheel, leather dashboard accents and matte wood-trim, complete the interior offering.
Safety and Security
Making its debut in Fortuner is the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) safety system. TSS integrates a pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and road sign recognition to offer drivers additional peace of mind. TSS joins the existing array of airbags, ISOFIX, seatbelt pre-tensioners and a full suite of active safety aids which includes ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, VSC, Trailer Sway Control and Traction Control. As before, 4x4 models are also fitted with Downhill Assist Control (DAC).
A comprehensive anti-theft system, speed-dependant auto door lock function and keyless entry is included across the board.
All models are also equipped with Toyota Connect telematics system which includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data
Warranty and Maintenance
All Fortuner models come with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty. A 9-services/90 000 km service plan is standard on all models (service intervals of 10 000 km or 12-months).
Model Line-up and Pricing
Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB 6MT R 566 800
Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB 6AT R 588 000
Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 4X4 6AT R 616 700
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT R 700 100
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4X4 6AT R 770 400
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB VX 6AT R 720 200
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4X4 VX 6AT R 790 500