Toyota Humansdorp launches new Fortuner

2016-04-21 06:00
Toyota Humansdorp will launch the brand-new Fortuner at their dealership in Voortrekker Street from 09:00 to 13:00 on Saturday, April 23.                       Photo: SUPPLIED

Toyota Humansdorp will launch the brand-new Fortuner at their dealership in Voortrekker Street from 09:00 to 13:00 on Saturday, April 23. Photo: SUPPLIED

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TOYOTA Humansdorp will launch the brand-new Fortuner at their dealership in Voortrekker Street from 09:00 to 13:00 on Saturday, April 23.

The first-generation Fortuner was launched in 2006 in South Africa.

“The new Fortuner has a long, wider stance versus the outgoing model, and its capabilities to adapt into every environment like a chameleon has been reinforced,” says Cal-vyn Hamman, sales and marketing Senior Vice president of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). “It can transform seamlessly from a sophisticated urban warrior to a fierce bush conqueror.”

Toyota has also ensured there’s sufficient infrastructural expertise in the country to support the new Fortuner. According to Hamman, staff at dealerships throughout the country had undergone technical and service training.

The new Fortuner offers new-era diesel engines and power train, as well as new 6-speed manual and auto transmissions and new-era frame and suspension.

Improved technology includes Smart entry, Power back door (4.0 V6) and a 7” touchscreen audio system (on selected models).

Exterior

The new Fortuner may share some under-the-skin artillery with its tough-as-nails Hilux sibling, but in terms of design, they’re poles apart. In the current guise, the Fortuner sports a more distinctive, sleek yet striking and muscular design.

It boasts sharp, sculpted exterior lines, slender headlamps and has underbody protection to withstand tough outdoor conditions.

All models have LED stop lamps for a high-tech image, LED tail lamps, bi-halogen headlamps on the 2.4 Global Diesel (GD) and 2.7 VVT-i, and high-beam LED headlamps on the 2.8 GD and 4.0 V6.

Interior

The Fortuner offers seating for seven people over three rows, with front seats that are flared at the shoulders and fitted with firm bolsters for maximum support.

The second-row seating is split 60/40, and features a slide function and reclining backrests. Third-row seating is split 50/50 and features a recline function. Both rows can be stowed - with just one touch - to provide additional luggage space; the second row seats can be tilted and tumbled forward individually, while the two halves of the third row can be stowed to offer more storage space.

All Fortuner models have audio systems with four to six speakers, an auxiliary/USB port, AM/FM radio and a CD player.

Audio systems on the 2.8 GD and 4.0 V6 models boast a DAB+ digital radio and a 7” screen with DVD compatibility and a reversing camera display. The range-topping 4.0 V6 is equipped with satellite navigation.

Other convenience features include standard Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel audio and telephone controls, as well as power door locks, windows and mirrors.

Air conditioning is also standard and features separate air-flow controls for second-row passengers.

One of the main attractions of the new Fortuner is the ample storage space on offer and the generous number of cup and bottle holders, compartments, trays, pockets and consoles.

The air-conditioned compartment above the glovebox can be used to cool or warm items and has capacity for two 500ml bottles.

Convenient shopping bag hooks, located on the front seatbacks, are also standard on all models.

All models feature three 12-volt accessory sockets - under the centre cluster, in the rear of the centre console for second-row passengers and in the rear luggage area.

Suspension and chassis

The new Fortuner has a high-strength frame, rigid body, all-coil suspension and chassis ca-libration. The result is optimum durability, confident handling and excellent ride comfort coupled with low levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

A special underbody protection package was developed to withstand severe use, including an engine undercover for increased levels of protection.

Engine

The new Fortuner is propelled by a range of newly developed engines, including the 2.4 and 2.8 GD series, the 2.7 VVT-i and 4.0 V6 power plants. The new GD series engines offer improved power output, efficiency and refinement.

First introduced in the new Hilux, the new diesel engines have been developed from the ground up to offer an excellent on- and off-road driving experience.

The GD series engines place strong emphasis on torque output and low-speed tractability. The fuel efficiency of both diesel engines has been improved over the units they replace.

The maximum towing capacity is rated at 2.5 tons for the 2.4 GD and 2.7 VVT-i models and at 3 tons for the 2.8 GD and 4.0 V6.

Two petrol engines are on offer, including a revised version of the familiar 2.7 litre VVT-i (previously not available locally) and the livelier 4.0 V6.

The former delivers 122kW and 245Nm with a 10% improvement in fuel economy.

Completing the line-up is the range-topping 4.0 litre V6, delivering a gutsy 175kW and 376Nm.

Transmission

The new Fortuner offers the latest Toyota six-speed transmission technology for ease of driving, comfort and fuel economy. Both transmissions, available on all grades, in both manual and automatic configurations, have a wide spread of ratios to optimise both take-off performance and fuel economy at highway speeds.

Safety

Standard electronic safety features include Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Drive Mode Select. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is available on only 4x4 models.

An electrically controlled rear differential lock is standard on 4x4 models.

Retail pricing

. 2.4 GD-6 Raised Body Manual: R436 400

. 2.4 GD-6 Raised Body Automatic: R453 400

. 2.7 VVT-i Raised Body Automatic: R429 400

. 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Manual: R513 400

. 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Manual: R571 400

. 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Automatic: R531 400

. 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Automatic: R589 400

. 4.0 V6 4x4 Automatic: R633 400

All retail prices include a three-year/100 000km warranty and five-year/90 000km service plan.

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