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Australia: New Toyota Fortuner is set for an early 2016 launch

February 13, 2015

Toyota Australia is bringing 10 new or facelifted models in the next 12 months. Last among these 10 vehicles, will be the next generation version of the Toyota Fortuner, reports

The Toyota Fortuner is essentially a 5-door wagon version of the Hilux ute, just like how the Ford Everest based on the Ford Ranger. The seven-seater SUV is built in Thailand, Indonesia, India and Argentina and available in global markets with 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine and a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel. The second generation Fortuner is scheduled to be unveiled later this year.

The plan of launching 10 new or facelifted models in Australia began with the launch of Toyota Prius c and will finish with the launch of the new Toyota Fortuner. Currently the Fortuner is not sold in Australia but Toyota Style Australia was involved in the SUV’s midlife makeover.

Toyota Australia was heavily involved in the development of both new Hilux and new Fortuner, adds the report, and once the Fortuner arrives in the market, it will compete head-to-head with the new-generation Ford Everest which will launch in Q3 2015, the Holden Colorado 7, Mitsubishi Challenger and the upcoming Isuzu MU-X.

The Fortuner is expected to be priced around AU$40,000, parallel to or below the Camry-based Kluger seven-seat SUV.


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