TOYOTA is a powerful brand. The mark stands for faithful reliability and quality, and there are many owners around the world who can attest to this – sharing stories about how much mileage they’ve covered in their Toyotas, and what makes them so special.
Locally, we’re given a wide variety of choices within the Toyota stable. There’s the Aygo city car, the B-Segment hatchback, Yaris, the legendary medium-sized Corolla sedan, as well as Toyota’s range of bakkies and SUVs – like the Hilux, Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser Prado.
The Fortuner has also been an extremely popular model locally, for the Japanese automaker. The Fortuner has become a really popular sight on our roads – almost every second person seems to own a Toyota Fortuner. To keep it fresh, and maintain its levels of appeal, the Fortuner recently underwent some updates and revisions. The Toyota shares its platform with the legendary Hilux model – this is part of Toyota’s International Multipurpose Vehicle programme.
Significant tweaks were made to the Toyota Fortuner’s exterior. It’s got an all new front-end, with re-designed headlamps and grille. Overall, this gives the Fortuner a bolder, more menacing appearance. A new bonnet, with power bulges and muscular creases, also emphasise this impression of boldness.
The rear of the Fortuner also went under the knife. You’ll notice changes like the light clusters, which adopt clear lenses with red lighting – a bit like those sporty units you would find on an older model Lexus IS. New colours were added to the list, and now you can choose from Dark Steel Mica, Silky Gold, Glacier White, Sterling Silver Metallic, Pacific Blue Metallic, Charcoal Grey Metallic and Eclipse Black Metallic.
In addition to those changes, a new engine was added to the Fortuner range. It’s a diesel powerplant – the 2.5 D-4D VNT engine. The engine boasts a an electrically actuated variable nozzle turbo charger, intercooler and direct fuel injection system similar to that of the 3.0 D-4D engine.
This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, and is only available with a two-wheel drive configuration. It produces 106-kilowatts and 343 Newton metres of torque. The next mill in the range is the 3.0D-4D turbodiesel, which produces 120-kilowatts and 343 Newton metres of torque.
Finally, there is also a petrol-powered derivative, the 4.0 V6. This kicks out a sizeable 175-kilowatts and 376 Newton metres of torque – described as “strong” in the press release. The 3.0 D4-D is available with both manual and automatic transmissions, while the 4.0 V6 is offered with an automatic transmission only.
For the 25 D-4D, the price starts off at R325 500, while the 4.0 V6 will cost around R466 900. A 5 year/90 000 kilometre service plan and 3 year/100 000 kilometre warranty is sold with the Fortuner, but it can also be extended to 7 years or 220 000 kilometres.
Included in the warranty is a ToyotaCare roadside assistance programme, applicable here and in neighbouring countries like Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.