Toyota Fortuner receives styling enhancements

Toyota Fortuner receives interior and exterior updates

Reuben Van Niekerk
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Toyota Fortuner

Toyota has lifted the covers off the 2023 Fortuner featuring dramatic catamaran inspired looks that showcase a bolder, more aggressive design language, the latest iteration of the Fortuner also boasts subtle interior improvements to ensure that this well-loved SUV remains at the top of the best sellers list. The Fortuner continues to command the largest slice of the medium SUV segment selling over 800 units a month to claim over 40% market share.

Updated styling

The Fortuner’s design direction takes a more striking direction with catamaran inspired elements which are especially noticeable at the extremities of the vehicle where it mimics a catamarans twin hulls. The all-new sharply angled front and rear bumper feature exclusive, aero-corner moulding that is complimented by black trapezoidal foglamp housings. L-shaped reflector inserts at the rear, reinforce the aggressive styling.

The Fortuner now features a vastly different, more aerodynamically efficient front fascia. The black mesh upper grille has been slimmed down, while the lower aperture has been inflated in order to compliment the more assertive attitude. A grey skid plate adds to the aesthetic and enhances functionality.

Exclusively designed headlamps comprise split-quad LEDs with a waterfall LED Line Guide Signature, in combination with the LED L-shaped daytime running lamps and apron framing LED indicator lamps which tie up the front end’s more modern look.

At the rear reworked elements include a new bumper, new taillight design, a piano black numberplate garnish as well as the black badge treatment offered across the model line-up.

The side profile now features all-new two-tone black and metal 18-inch multi-layered, machine-cut finished alloys. 2.8-litre customers are also able to specify the new bi-tone colour option which pairs a black roof, spoiler garnish, outer mirror housings and shark fin antenna with the exclusive Platinum Pearl White exterior.

Interior refinements

In 2022 2.8-litre models received dual-zone climate control, a panoramic view monitor and a 11-speaker JBL Premium Audio system, while onboard satellite navigation was deleted in favour of customers preference for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto usage.

Leather is standard across the Fortuner range, but 2.8-litre models now feature a new dual-tone colour palette, which pairs black and maroon leather. Maroon stitching also adorns various surfaces as a striking counterpoint to the predominantly black trim. A revised instrument cluster features all-new graphics, new black background ornamentation and revised animation for the TFT display. 2.8-litre variants now also feature additional USB ports for rear passengers

In 2022 the Fortuner also received a variety of safety upgrades, and that is now being bolstered by a Lane Keeping System with Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and a brake synchronised Pre-Crash system that has been added to the Toyota Safety Sense suite.

Engine and transmission offering

The Fortuner is offered with a choice of two engines including the 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder that offers 150kW and 500Nm, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. The more affordable 2.4 GD-6 produces a healthy 110kW and 400Nm and is available in both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission derivatives.

Model range and pricing

All Fortuner models are sold with a three-year/100 000km warranty and a nine-services/90 000km service plan.

2.4 GD-6 RB MT                             R653 500

2.4 GD-6 RB AT                              R677 500 

2.4 GD-6 4x4 AT                             R709 800

2.8 GD-6 RB                                   R794 600

2.8 GD-6 RB VX                              R837 800

2.8 GD-6 4x4                                  R873 500

2.8 GD-6 4x4 VX                             R915 400


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