The 2016 Toyota Fortuner has been officially unveiled for Australia. With the introduction of the second generation model, the Fortuner will be sold for the first time in Australia.
“The Fortuner’s strength and refinement ensures it is equally at home on the school run as on the toughest off-road trails found in Australia”, said Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia’s Executive Director Sales and Marketing.
The new generation Fortuner shares its underpinnings with the new ladder-frame platform-based eighth generation Hilux pickup which goes on sale in Australia from early October. It will be offered as a diesel alternative for customers who want to buy a the Kluger which is a petrol-only vehicle.
With a length of 4,795 mm, the Fortuner is 70 mm shorter than the Kluger (4,865 mm). With a width of 1,855 mm, the diesel alternative is 70 mm narrower than the petrol-only comparative offering. However, with a height of 1,835 mm, it’s 105 mm taller than the Australian Highlander which is 1,730 mm tall. But due to the 70 mm lesser length, the wheelbase of 2,745 mm falls 45 mm short of the more upmarket offering which has the same dimension marked at 2,790 mm.
Initially, only one engine will be offered – a 130 kW (174 hp) 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine from the new GD family. Transmission options will include 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. For the manual transmission-equipped model, the engine’s torque output will be 420 Nm, while the same for the automatic-transmission-equipped model will be 450 Nm.
The Fortuner has a towing capacity (unbraked) of 750 kg, 50 kg more than the Kluger. The braked towing capacity is 3,000 kg in case of manual transmission and 2,800 kg in case of automatic transmission. The Kluger has a significantly lower braked towing capacity of just 2,000 kg.
Like the Kluger, the Fortuner too will have 7 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. But unlike the former, the latter will have four-wheel drive as standard. The range will be divided into three grades – GX, GXL and Crusade. 17-inch alloy wheels, side-steps, front and rear AC, Toyota Link touchscreen infotainment system, seven airbags, reversing camera, hill-start assist control and an emergency stop signal will be standard.
The GXL and Crusade grade will benefit from roof rails, fog lamps, reverse parking sensors, keyless smart entry and start, and downhill assist control. Bi-LED headlamps and LED daytime running lights, electric tailgate and 18-inch alloy wheels with highway tyres will be exclusive to the Crusade grade.
The 2016 Toyota Fortuner will go on sale in Australia towards the end of October. More details about the new SUV’s grades should be released closer to its market launch.
2016 Toyota Fortuner preliminary specifications (AU-only)
|Front track||1640mm (GX), 1540mm|
|Max power||130kW @ 3400rpm|
|Max torque||Auto: 450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm
Manual: 420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm
|Fuel system||High-pressure direct injection|
|Chassis||Body on frame|
|Front suspension||Double wishbone, stabiliser bar|
|Rear suspension||5-link, coil springs, stabiliser bar|
|Towing (braked)||Man: 3,000kg
|Seats||7 (2-3-2 configuration)|
|Fuel tank||80 litres|