All new Fortuner launched at Killarney Toyota Stanger ADVERTORIAL

2016-05-11 06:00
Prize winner Mr Y Pillay with dealer principal Les Bridgemohan.

Prize winner Mr Y Pillay with dealer principal Les Bridgemohan.

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KILLARNEY Toyota Stanger pulled out all the stops on Saturday when Toyota’s highly anticipated all new Fortuner was launched.

The showroom was packed to capacity as guests awaited the big reveal.

It was quite a spectacular event, with beautiful décor, delicious food and excited guests.

Guests were in awe when the vehicle of the day was made available for them to view.

The all-new Toyota Fortuner replaces a model that has become part of the South African automotive landscape.

Whether you’re venturing to the Southern Cape for a December holiday, or queuing in traffic during the school run, you’re likely to be surrounded by Toyota’s iconic Hilux-based SUV.

The new Fortuner will be built in South Africa, so it should be competitively priced against its direct (imported) competitors.

In Australia, the newcomer is initially sold only with the brand new 130kW/450Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, but it has already been stated that the South African market will receive a bigger line-up.

Note that the 2.8-litre engine’s torque output drops to 420Nm when coupled with a six-speed manual transmission.

The automatic transmission is also a six-speed unit, and is offered in Australia with steering-mounted shift paddles.

The manual transmission features a system called iMT, which blips the throttle on downshifts to allow for rev matching and smoother progress.

With regard to fuel consumption, Toyota claims a very impressive 7.8L/100km for the manual model, and 8.6L/100km for the automatic.

The popularity of the outgoing 2.5-litre D-4D model makes a very strong case for a more affordable model powered by the new 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine. In the new Hilux this engine develops 120kW and 400Nm of torque.

Sales of the 4.0-litre V6 petrol unit were extremely limited last year, so a big question mark hangs over that derivative.

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