Fortuner enhanced - Toyota updates SA's favourite SUV to meet evolving customer needs

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2022 Toyota Fortuner
2022 Toyota Fortuner

• Toyota updates its Fortuner specification ahead of the new year.

• The engine and gearbox options remain unchanged.

• The Fortuner is South Africa's top-selling SUV.

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South Africa's favourite SUV, the Toyota Fortuner, has undergone a specification update. Though on the face of it, there is no need to adjust or add to the product offering, Toyota South Africa says that they are consistently evaluating the product offering; considering evolving customer needs and incorporating market feedback.

This approach has been monumental in the Fortuner's success to the effect that the SUV will surpass 1 000 units sold in any given month. In November 2021, 701 Fortuners found new owners, but the 'low' sales number can be attributed to the global microchip shortage.

Here are the changes brought about on the Toyota Fortuner.

Toyota Fortuner
2022 Toyota Fortuner

Convenience specification

2.8 models receive an upgrade to the dual-zone climate control while the range-topping VX grade inherits a Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) with a selectable view. The audio system is also upgraded to the 11-speaker JBL Premium Audio system. The onboard satellite navigation has been omitted due to the preferred usage of smartphone apps via the Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality.

Safety and security

All Fortuner models also boast an enhanced Smart Entry system with additional security measures.

In addition, VX variants receive additional functionality to the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system in the form of Blind- Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Colour choices

The colour line-up on the 2.4 and 2.8 models remain unchanged (seven options).

On VX models, Pearl White is replaced by the new Platinum White Pearl - offering eight exterior hues to choose from.

Engine and transmission

The 2.4 and 2.8 GD-6 engines continue their duties. The 2.4 GD-6 produces 110kW and 400Nm and are available in both six-speed manual and six-speed auto transmission configurations. All 2.8 variants are paired exclusively with the automatic transmission and produce 150kW and 500Nm.

The fuel index ranges from 6.8- to 7.9-litres/100km, depending on the variant and transmission type selected.

Toyota Fortuner
2022 Toyota Fortuner
Model line-up and pricing

Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB MT           - R599 000

Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB AT            - R621 400  

Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 4x4 AT           - R651 700

Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB AT            - R724 400

Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 AT           - R798 000

Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB VX AT      - R764 600

Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 VX AT     - R837 100

All Fortuner models are sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a 9-services or 90 000km service plan. A variety of service plan and warranty extensions are available.

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