Toyota’s new seven-seat Fortuner SUV is officially on sale now in Australia, priced from $47,990 plus on-road costs.
Built on the same rugged platform as the Toyota Hilux, the Fortuner is aimed at those wanting an affordable SUV with the off-road ability of the LandCruiser.
Available in three grades – GX, GXL and Crusade – the Fortuner is powered by Toyota’s new 2.8-litre common-rail direct-injected four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
It generates 130kW of power and 450Nm of torque for the automatic, and 420Nm for the manual. Braked towing capacity is 3,000kg for the manual and 2,800kg for the auto.
Toyota claims the Fortuner uses just 7.8L/100km of diesel fuel for the manual, providing a theoretical range of more than 1,000km from the 80-litre fuel tank. Fuel consumption for the auto is rated at 8.6L/100km.
The GX grade, which is expected to account for just over half of Fortuner’s sales, has a starting price of $47,990 plus on-roads for the manual and just $2,000 more for the auto – both below the $50,000 threshold.
Fortuner’s list of standard features includes air-conditioning, rear differential lock, touch-screen audio display with Toyota Link connected mobility, cruise control, side steps and 17-inch steel wheels with all-terrain tyres.
Toyota expects the maximum five-star safety rating as all variants are equipped with stability and active traction control, seven airbags, reversing camera, trailer sway control, hill-start assist control and rake-and-reach adjustments for the steering column. It includes three top-tether anchors and two ISOFIX child-seat mounts.
Tony Cramb, Toyota’s Executive Director of Sales and Marketing said Fortuner’s high level of standard features and value pricing would enable it to compete for the first time in a section of the market attracting around 1,400 diesel sales a month.
“Toyota expects to carve a solid chunk in that market, especially as the starting prices for several key competitors are well north of $50,000,” he said.
Fortuner’s seven seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. The 60/40 split-fold second-row seat has a one-touch slide and tumble feature while the 50/50 third-row seats are stowable.
Cargo capacity ranges from 200 litres to 1,080 litres when packed to the top of the seat backs.
Standard equipment also includes durable fabric seat-coverings with contrast stitching, projector-style headlamps, LED tail-lamps, an air-conditioned cool box, Bluetoothconnectivity, six speakers, three 12V accessory sockets, audio and phone controls mounted on the steering wheel, eco and power drive modes and a multi-information display (MID) in the instrument cluster.
The mid-range GXL – priced from $52,990 – gains alloy wheels, keyless smart entry and start, roof rails, reverse parking sensors, fog lamps, colour MID, privacy glass and downhill assist control. Manual versions have Toyota’s innovative “intelligent” system that matches engine revolutions to transmission speed for smooth shifting. Auto variants have paddle shifters.
Top-of-the range Crusade expands the luxury with a leather-accented interior (available in fawn or dark brown), satellite navigation, power tailgate, climate-control air-conditioning, bi-LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels (including the spare), 220V socket and a power-operated driver’s seat. It is priced from $59,990.
A comprehensive range of Toyota Genuine accessories is available including airbag-compatible bull bars and newly developed towbar and load distribution hitch.
Development of accessories was undertaken in parallel with the vehicle and tested rigorously under local conditions – a level of integration said to be unmatched by the aftermarket.
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