Popular Fortuner still top of SUV charts


Big car driving experience does not come better than going places in the Toyoya Fortuner, and the latest model comes with a lot more in comfort and luxury.
This can only mean there will be a lot of Fortuners to be seen everywhere you go, this judging by the sales the previous and original models made. While the new model is not a radical transformation design-wise from the earlier model, it however boasts new design lines and funky styling.
There are eight models in the new range, from entry level Fortuner 2.7 VVTi RB 6AT to 4.0 V6 4X4 6AT. And in all honesty, there are no earth-shattering differences between the two. For example, both come with leather seats, have push start system and have Trailer Sway Control (TSC). Perhaps the difference will be when one goes off-road, as the latter model is a four-wheel drive.
The design
The latest Fortuner has a longer and wider body than the original model. Though it looks more muscular, it is however a handsome machine. A touch to its glistening body assures you of the trusted quality and durability of Toyota vehicles. Perhaps on this score, Toyota went the extra mile to impress.
The power
The entry point 2.8 GD model, a diesel engine, gives a decent 130kW power, with the maximum torque registering and impressive 420Nm, between 1 400 and 2 600rpm. Its transmission is six-speed, and reaches the top speed of 180kph. The vehicle’s fuel consumption is 7.5l/100km. The top of the range Fortunes 4.0 V6 4X4 6AT packs a bigger punch at 175kW, while torque tops 376Nm with the maximum of 3 800rpm.But the 4WD petrol engine drinks up 12l/100km, which can dig a sizable hole to your pocket.
The interior
Cutting to the interior, the luxury factor has been upped quite a bit. There’s a decidedly premium atmosphere at work, what with metallic accents and woodgrain detail, while naturally it’s a seven seater. The second-row seating is split 60:40 and comes with a slide function and reclining backrests, while the third-row is split 50:50 and also comes with a recline function. It’s a little tight for big people in the third row, but bearable over short distances.
The safety
A vast array of electronic safety features is standard, including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), plus the expected barrage of airbags. All these more or less feature in all eight new models.
2.4 GD-6 Raised Body Manual: R438 000
2.4 GD-6 Raised Body Automatic: R456 300
2.7 VVT-i Raised Body Automatic: R474 200
2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Manual: R538 500
2.8 GD-6 4×4 Manual: R557 200
2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Automatic: R599 100
2.8 GD-6 4×4 Automatic: R617 900
4.0 V6 4×4 Automatic: R663 900
All retail prices include a three-year/100 000km warranty and five-year/90 000km service plan.

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