Following countless spy shots, Toyota has finally decided to unveil the 2016 Fortuner seven-seat SUV simultaneously in Australia and Thailand.
Based on the all-new Hilux pickup truck, the new Fortuner will arrive in Australian dealerships towards the end of October.
Described as “remarkably tough” and offering “genuine 4WD ability,” the SUV will be offered in Australia in three grades (GX, GXL and Crusade), all powered by Toyota’s new 2.8-liter direct-injection four-cylinder turbo diesel engine rated at 175hp (177PS) and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque.
The engine is mated either to a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. All variants are fitted with trailer sway control, designed to assist if a towed vehicle becomes unsettled by crosswinds, bumpy roads or sharp turns of the steering wheel. Maximum braked towing capacity will be 3 tonnes for the manual and 2.8 tonnes for the automatic model.
While under normal circumstances the Toyota Fortuner is two-wheel drive, by rotating a dial the model becomes a permanent four-wheel-drive vehicle, with both high or low range settings. The Fortuner’s off-road capabilities are further enhanced by a rear differential lock with the componentry placed within the differential housing for greater off-road protection.
The suspension package was developed and tuned to meet Australia’s harsh conditions and features double wishbones at the front and a five-link, coil-spring configuration at the rear which are said to improve handling stability and ride comfort on all surfaces. In addition, front and rear stabilizer bars have the role of suppressing body roll.
Furthermore, Toyota Australia says significant development was applied to ensure optimum tuning of the stability and active traction control electronics for local conditions, particularly for use on gravel. However, drivers can disable the electronics for specific off-road situations, such as driving in slippery mud or sand.
Standard features for the base Fortuner in Australia include a reversing camera, seven airbags, hill-start assist control, an emergency stop signal, front and rear air-conditioning, large touchscreen audio displays, Toyota Link connected mobility, side steps, 17-inch wheels, disc brakes front and rear, and an air-conditioned compartment to keep drinks and food warm or cold.
The two higher trims add roof rails, fog lamps, reverse parking sensors, keyless smart entry and start, downhill assist control, bi-LED headlamps and LED DRLs, a power back door and 18-inch alloys with highway tyres.
Story references: Toyota via CarAdvice