2016 Toyota Fortuner: This Is Finally It [w/Video]

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



  • Six_Tymes

    i will laugh every time i see one, just FOR the name “Fortuner” “HAHA!”

    • fabri99

      You’ll be LUCKY to see one!

      • TheHake

        Unless he lives in Ozzie or South Africa. Then he’d be lucky NOT to see one! These are going to sell in boatloads!

        • fabri99

          Yeah but they probably won’t be TUNED. Lol

          • TheHake

            I promise you they won’t stay standard! 😉

  • This is a winner right here, sales will (hopefully) prove me right.. although that’s the Hilux interior, not the Fortuner’s..

    • FrankDR

      No freaking way!

    • TheHake

      Hilux and Fortuner has always had the same interior. (Mayby some very minor differences)

    • orthorim

      Lol you’re right. Just looked at the car, interior looks nothing like that, not even close. Hahaha.

    • Taresk

      They did that because it’s still pre-production, so they used Hilux images to give you an idea of what to expect.

  • chippers

    Much nicer looking than a 4Runner.

    • rafael

      idk… u.s. 4runner trd pro looks BEASTLY… incredible in person.

  • pjl35

    That interior picture is of the Hilux, not the Fortuner. It has a different interior.

  • Candlefly

    Where does Toyota find these designers and who OK’s these designs, geez. They are putting out some really bad stuff, everything looks cheap and contrived. You can put a necklace, earrings and tiara on a pig but it won’t make it a debutante,……….it will make people laugh though.

  • N0BBY

    What a hideous mess. Like a box of cereal with the top torn off. Shameful.

  • TheHake

    Looks much better in this trim than those in the spy shots.

  • Eunos

    Why so ugly? Toyota probably now has the ugliest car lineup in the world

  • SteersUright

    What an AWESOME truck. A real truck. Given America’s love for trucks and SUV’s, why not bring this here? Way cooler than a Highlander, current Land Cruiser, 4runner, and many other SUV’s in this segment. Just my thoughts.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Highlanders are better vehicles for the way Americans use them. They like the interior volume, the higher driving position and the “rugged” appearance.

      Rarely does anyone buying these things ever go off road – unless they’re texting and accidentally jump a curb.

      I’d replace the 4Runner with it, though.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Like it a lot more than the NA 4Runner.

  • Taresk

    This is a huge disappointment, I thought this would be the perfect upgrade from my Hilux, The Prados have gotten too big, and the Klugers can’t honestly be considered an off road vehicle. But then I read all the reviews and find out that because the Kluger will continue to be sold alongside, the Fortuner will be diesel only… The idea of having to put up with a highly strung common rail that swallows your bank account whole if you happen to encounter less than perfect fuel quality is a massive turn off, this thing would’ve been perfect with the bulletproof 1GR from the Hilux. Doesn’t look like I’ll be going back to a wagon any time soon.

  • Cherokee L. smith

    When Philippines expires my 2012 Fortuner then I’ll buy this

  • Cherokee L. smith

    My mouth is watering too much that I want to get a Crimson Red Color

    • Maybe

      It looks soooo similar to the Kluger (Highlander in the USA). It will have an upgraded dash and its been criminal that the Kluger didn’t have a diesel ,
      So really its just a Kluger with a diesel. I would not buy a Kluger again as the previous 3 models scrub tyres like crazy and suck fuel from a medium size six cylinder like a large V8. Im a bit sceptical about this model. It had better have a better drive train than the Kluger.

  • G8crasha

    Not liking the front much though! The rest of the car looks okay.

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