For the adventure-seeker
there is no compromise!
For 2014, the Fortuner has come in for a spot of surgery. Most of the changes take place indoors with models becoming recipients of the new black-hued dashboard (as opposed to the outgoing grey palette). To complement the new trim colour, Fortuner upholstery changes to black leather for the 3.0 and 4.0 variants, whilst 2.5 variants get matching black fabric.
An all-new multimedia system (with large display monitor) now becomes standard on the Fortuner 3.0 and 4.0 variants. Some of the features of this new system include photo viewer, video/DVD playback (when the vehicle is stationary), full-colour album art display and expanded interface categories for music downloads.
The Fortuner 2.5 D-4D manual and auto models get an upgraded multimedia system featuring a larger display and boasting added functionality in the form of a Bluetooth hands-free system.
At a glance
• Black dashboard finish
• Fortuner 3.0 and 4.0 – black leather
• Fortuner 2.5 – black cloth upholstery
• Fortuner 3.0 and 4.0 – all new multimedia system with added functionality
• Fortuner 2.5 – upgraded multimedia system
Manufactured in South Africa at Toyota South Africa Motors’ world class Prospecton manufacturing plant the Fortuner has exceeded all sales expectations since it was first introduced in South Africa in 2006.
“The Fortuner has been one of our greatest success stories,” says Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors. “The combination of luxury, no-fuss reliability and proven off road capabilities has made it a popular choice as family vehicle and overlander alike. The Fortuner is in many respects a unique product in the South African market.”
The Fortuner range boasts a high power 2.5 D-4D VNT engine. This engine has been fitted with an electrically actuated variable nozzle turbo charger, intercooler and direct fuel injection system similar to that of the 3.0 D-4D engine.
“The 2.5 D-4D VNT Fortuner was designed in response to changes in market demands and requests from customers who wanted a less luxurious entry into the Fortuner range. We believe that this engine, coupled with changes to the list of specifications, has answered all these questions and offers extremely good value,” says Hamman.
The Toyota Fortuner 2.5 D-4D VNT is only available in a 4x2 configuration and the engine will be mated to a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed auto gearbox.
Bold design language
The Toyota Fortuner shares many styling cues with its brother, the Toyota Hilux. The design has however been adapted to specifically suit the Fortuner’s position in the SUV market, while simultaneously ensuring that it has a bold, aggressive presence on the road.
The grille is flanked by new clear headlight clusters that feature in-cluster design elements such as an individually packaged driving and high beam lights and ribbed covering for the indicators. The lights on the 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models are equipped with high impact discharge bulbs (HID) and offer auto levelling. They are also equipped with an auto lights-on sensor. The headlamps protrude slightly outward to provide a starting point for the vehicle’s strong shoulder line.
The bonnet has a strong defined bulge where the lines flow from the front windscreen across the length of the bonnet and into the grille. Toyota has also fitted a new air intake on the D-4D models that are wider and centrally mounted, thereby providing a more aggressive presence and optimising air flow to the intercooler.
The front bumper is completely new and features a darkened centre section and new fog light designs. The bumper is square in design and was penned to emphasise the bold and aggressive styling direction, while the bonnet shut lines flow down into character lines on the front bumper.
Underneath the bumper one can find an additional engine cover that was designed to optimise air flow underneath the vehicle and thereby improve steering response and driving stability. This feature can also be found on the Hilux.
Viewed in profile the Fortuner overfenders with rear flowing character lines. These lines pick up on the cues from the front lights and create a sense of forward movement. This is also strengthened by the fact that the 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models also feature privacy glass on rear passenger and luggage compartment windows.
Tied to the side profile design are the adoption of 17 inch alloy wheels on all models. The full sized spare wheel also features a full alloy wheel, which is securely locked at the rear of the vehicle.
The Fortuner features integrated side indicators in the side mirrors, which are colour coded on all models. The side mirrors are electrically retractable.
The rear light clusters feature individually styled rear light units behind clear glass. Linking the two rear lights is a chromed number plate garnish with the Fortuner name moulded into the unit. A reverse camera (on the 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models) hides neatly behind the garnish.
The square rear bumper was designed to offer a smoother transition between the luggage door and the bumper. A roof mounted spoiler with in-built LED stop lamp is fitted to all models.
The Fortuner is available in 7 colours, Silky Gold, Dark Steel Mica, Glacier White, Sterling Silver Metallic, Pacific Blue Metallic, Charcoal Grey Metallic and Eclipse Black Metallic.
The Fortuner has always been highly regarded for its list of creature comforts offering good value at the price. This has been further strengthened with the introduction of the new specifications.
The first striking feature that will catch one’s eye is the instrument cluster which features a single unit with chrome detailing and a squared off design. The instrument cluster features Toyota’s luxury Optitron instrumentation with finely detailed gauges and blue accented graphics.
The 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models feature automatic climate control systems, while the 2.5 D-4D VNT offers a manually controlled air-conditioning system. All models offer a separate air-conditioning system for rear passengers, which can be deactivated by the driver and controlled by rear passengers.
The interior includes a dark wood grain highlights package on the centre console and doors for 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models, with bright accents on the gear knob, doors and parking brake, a overhead storage console and roof lining and electric seat adjustment for the driver on the 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models.
All models feature a steering wheel with silver accents, high volume foam padding and controls for the audio and multi-information display system. The 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 have leather and dark wooden trim, controls for the cruise control system and Bluetooth system on the steering wheel and leather covering on the gear knob.
All versions of the Fortuner are equipped with seven seats, of which the 2nd row of seats can split in a 60/40 configuration and unclip to tumble forward. The 3rd row of seats can slide, split in 50/50 configuration and fold up to the sides in a space-up configuration to further increase the load area.
The Fortuner further offers ample storage space for all passengers, a centre arm rest for the 2nd row of seats, rear privacy glass on the 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models and electric windows all round. The 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models offer leather trim for all seats, while the 2.5 D-4D VNT model is equipped with luxury cloth seat trim.
Toyota has always been known for its high safety standards and the Fortuner is no different. All versions of the Fortuner features a driver and passenger airbag, ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (BA) and vehicle stability control (VSC).
Added to this are full three point seat belts for all passengers, with height adjustment for the front occupants, side impact beams on all doors, energy absorbing clusters in the roof, front section and in the height adjustable steering column and a manual airbag on/off switch for the front passenger.
The 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models further adds front passenger side airbags and curtain air bags that stretch for the length of the passenger area.
Two diesel and one petrol option
The Fortuner range consists of 7 models with the option of three engines and three gearbox options.
First in line is the 2.5 D-4D VNT turbo diesel engine. The engine is equipped with an electrically actuated variable nozzle turbo, intercooler, a common rail direct diesel injection system and double overhead cam shafts.
This engine delivers 106 kW at 3 400 rpm and a strong 343 Nm of torque in a constant band between 1 600 rpm and 2 800 rpm.
The next engine in the range is the very popular 3.0 D-4D turbo diesel. This engine has a similar configuration to the 2.5 D-4D VNT with DOHC, common rail direct injection, turbo charging and an intercooler. This engine delivers 120 kW at 3 400 rpm and 343 Nm at an even wider range than the 2.5 D-4D VNT of between 1 400 rpm and 3 200 rpm.
Both diesel engines are equipped with a powerful diesel cooling system that is located underneath the car and a new high efficiency diesel filter.
Topping the range is the powerful 4.0 V6. This engine features Toyota’s well known variable valve timing – intelligent (VVT-i) engine management system, 24 valves, Toyota’s EFI injection system and dual overhead cam shafts. This engine delivers a heady 175 kW, which peaks at 5 200 rpm, and a strong 376 Nm of torque at 3 800 rpm.
All versions of the Fortuner are equipped with high mounted double wishbone front suspension and, in contrast to its Hilux brother’s leaf springs and rigid rear axle, it is fitted with four link independent rear suspension with a lateral control rod at the rear. All models further feature protection under the engine and fuel tank.
Two wheel drive versions are equipped with a lockable rear differential, while four wheel drive versions of the 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 further adds a heavy duty transfer case and a lockable rear differential, with a Torsen limited slip centre differential. The 4x4 versions of the Fortuner are permanently in four wheel drive mode and the driver can use the transfer case to switch between 4WD High and 4WD Low.
The Fortuner 2.5 D-4D VNT and 3.0 D-4D derivatives are available with the choice of 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic gearbox, while the 4.0 V6 only in a 5 speed automatic gearbox. The 4.0 V6 is equipped with a 5 speed automatic gearbox, which features Toyota’s artificial intelligence shift control (AI-Shift) which measures driver inputs and road conditions to ensure smooth shifting and prevents hunting between gears when driving on hilly roads or when towing.
Increased towing capacity
The Fortuner has benefitted from the same towing upgrade programme that was implemented on the upgraded Hilux range. This means that the whole range now have an upgraded towing capacity ranging from 1 715 kg on the 2.5 D-4D VNT model to 2 075 kg on the 4x2 3.0 D-4D model.
Service plan and warranty
The Fortuner range is sold with a 5 year / 90 000 km service plan and a 3 year / 100 000 km warranty. The service plan can be extended to 7 years or 220 000 km and the warranty to 6 years or 220 000 km. The warranty also includes a ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance Programme that is applicable in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.