Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa

The refreshed Toyota Fortuner now boasts sharpened styling, enhanced specification levels and improved performance.

Toyota has launched its facelifted Fortuner SUV that now boasts sharpened styling, enhanced specification levels and improved performance.

Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa
Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa

On the outside, the refreshed Toyota Fortuner now spawns a new façade that includes a larger, blacked-out grille with wave-like mesh pattern as well as a silver-accented ‘skid-plate’.

The grille is finished in gloss on the new range-topping VX models.

The Bi-LED headlights have been reworked and are now sleeker while further enhanced by prominent chrome accent strips that bridge the grille and headlamp assemblies.

The Bi-LED headlamps now feature scalloped DRL light guides and are joined by LED fog lamps and strip-like LED turn-signal elements in the lower bumper.

On the VX-grade, the side profile is enhanced with a thin, chrome belt-line that extends towards the rear, effectively wrapping around the vehicle, and complementing the other chrome detailing.

Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa
Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa

The rear comes fitted with new tail lamp units with integrated light guides. A roof spoiler and Fortuner-emblazoned centre garnish complete the rearview.

Buyers can choose from a total of seven exterior colours with Oxide Bronze joining the colour palette (replacing Avant-Garde Bronze). Glacier White, Chromium Silver, Graphite Grey and Attitude Black provide the neutral tones, while Cosmic Blue and Chestnut Brown remain the more expressive hues on offer.

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The facelifted Toyota Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 retain their 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 265-65-R17 rubber while the 2.8 GD-6 variants receive new 18-inch alloy wheels with turbine design and metallic surface treatment – employing 265-60-R18 tyres.

In line with market requests, the interior now comes in black that replaces the brown-leather interior.

The new black interior is further complemented by silver contrast stitching. There is a new instrument cluster design with metallic-blue dial faces, white needle pointers and an elegant font.

An all-new 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now lurks in the refreshed Fortuner while Wireless telephony is supported via Bluetooth with a USB input for additional media options.

Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa
Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa

The 2.8 GD-6 models (mid and VX) are also equipped with embedded Audio Visual Navigation (AVN). In terms of power output, the 2.8-litre GD-6 engine gains 20 kW to 150 kW as well as 50 Nm more for 500 Nm. 

The six-speed automatic transmission, in turn, has been recalibrated to allow earlier lockup for improved acceleration and cooling performance, especially while towing.

The towing capacity of 2.4 GD-6 4×4 models has been increased to 800kg, now registering 3.3 tons and matching that of the 2.8 GD-6 4×4 model.

Subsequently, 2.8 GD-6 4×4 models now also boast a towing capacity of 3300kg (an increase of 300kg over the outgoing All Fortuner models come comprehensively equipped, in-line with their lifestyle usage.

The 2.4 GD-6 variants now also include Park Distance Control alongside full LED lighting, cruise control and touchscreen infotainment with aforementioned CarPlay and Android Auto. A new Multi-Information Display (MID) screen now includes a large, digital-speed readout and steering wheel angle indicator.

These are joined by the base specification items such as one-touch power windows, reverse camera, steering switches, air-conditioned upper glovebox, multiple 12-volt power outlets, cup/bottle holders and a tilt & telescopic adjustable steering column.

The 2.8 GD-6 ‘mid-grade’ adds an electro-chromatic rearview mirror, power seat adjustment for both driver and passenger, climate control as well as rear fog lamps. A leather steering wheel, leather dashboard accents and matte wood-trim – complete the interior offering.

Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa
Refreshed Toyota Fortuner now in South Africa

The new VX model boasts seat heating (driver & passenger), welcome lighting and the Toyota Safety Sense system. Making its debut in Fortuner is the Toyota Safety Sense safety system.

TSS integrates a Pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and road sign recognition. TSS joins the existing array of airbags, ISOFIX, seatbelt pre-tensioners and a full suite of active safety aids (ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, VSC, Trailer Sway Control, Traction Control).

As before, 4×4 models also include Downhill Assist Control (DAC).

A comprehensive anti-theft system, speed-dependent auto-door lock function and keyless entry are included across the board.

All models are also equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system which includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data. All Fortuner models come with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty.

A 9-services/90 000 km service plan is standard on all models (service intervals of 10 000 km or 12-months). Customers can also purchase extended service plans and warranty packages via their Toyota dealer.

Model Line-up and Pricing

  • Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB 6MT – R 566 800
  • Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB 6AT – R 588 000
  • Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 4X4 6AT – R 616 700
  • Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT – R 700 100
  • Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4X4 6AT R 770 400
  • Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB VX 6AT – R 720 200
  • Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4X4 VX 6AT – R 790 500

Note: 2.7 VVTi, 2.8 GD-6 Manual and 4.0 V6 models were removed from the line-up at Epic introduction

Source: Toyota

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