Toyota Fortuner 2015
Far and wide roam in this genuine off-road vehicle is based on ute HiLux.
Toyota’s crowded SUV lineup will add one more member this week with the introduction of the mid-sized, seven-seat Fortuner.
Currently having seven Toyotas-style SUVs with newcomers matched between petrol, Kluger focuses on bitumen and Prado diesel engines.
Based on the new HiLux ute, the Fortuner only for diesel engines starts at $ 47,990 for the 6-speed manual GX, with a six-speed automatic for an additional $ 2000. Factor in the car and reduce Ford’s new Everest starting point by about $ 5,000.
Everest is Fortuner’s most obvious competitor. Among the similar, rugged and cheap terrain vehicles are Holden’s Colorado 7, the famous Isuzu MU-X and is about to be updated Mitsubishi Challenger. All are significantly cheaper but based on the old platform.
The Fortuner lineup extends to the GXL at $ 52,990 for the manual and Crusades at the same $ 59,990.
A genuine off-road vehicle, the Fortuner features an optional low and high all-wheel drive system, along with rear differential lock for difficult conditions.
Maximum wading depth is 700mm, ground clearance is 225mm and rigid rear axle – priority for serious road driving.
The body structure on the chassis is the standard to be honored over time for “real” 4WDs and in the case of the Fortuner, the rear suspension has been extensively modified to accommodate coil springs and many links.
Thanks to the newly formed HiLux base, the Fortuner also has significant local engineering inputs on chassis and bodywork, wiring and dynamics. Toyota Australia technical center has worked with the support from engineers from Korea in Japan.
A few HiLux body parts surpass the Fortuner but most of the rear windshield panels are unique, as well as the cabin design and equipment.
Under the bonnet, it’s pure HiLux and Prado, power comes from the newly developed 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine.
It’s called “passenger oriented”, good for 130kW and 420Nm in manual or 450Nm in cars. Required consumption is 7.8L / 100km (manual).
Soft and smooth running, the diesel engine faces a tough competitor in Everest, with superior power and torque from the 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel engine.
Toyota engines meet Euro5 emission standards and have diesel particulate filters.
The Fortuner is given a five-star safety rating thanks to the extensive use of high-strength steel in the chassis, seven airbags, a reversing camera and front head designed to improve pedestrian safety.
Fortuna does very well in tow piles and is rated at 3000kg – half a ton more than its stable Prado.
Smaller than the Kluger, the Fortuner has an older side seat folding setup in the third row but access is supported by the one-touch, head and flip center row. The boot is sufficient with all rows in place and Toyota was generous with the features.
Even the base model has a seven-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio and good connectivity.
There are many 12V plugs, multiple cup and storage compartments, full size widget, LED taillights, side steps and more.
Satnav is limited to Crusade, this is the only model that gets an automatic tailgate. Equipping driver assistance features such as automatic braking and blind spot warning is minimal.
In the wilderness of Flinder Ranges in South Australia, muscular Fortuner really puts its best wheels forward.
This is an impressive set of tools for this environment, making it easy to make high-speed flights on the blackboard and then deal well with scrubbing and climbing rails.
The downhill support of Fortuner works well, reducing the slope of the rock slope.
It is also impressive to “walk” through dry and deep creeks.
There are many pokes from the engine, which works well with both transmissions. Paddle-shift on some models is not required.
Quite a lot of things are unstoppable and really a rugged off-road vehicle, Fortuner can easily come back as a city commuter or a comfortable family car, the suspension is controlled locally. Vehicle and steering help keep things smooth for passengers.