Toyota Breaks the “if it ain’t Broke” Rule

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11 November 2020

Updated spec, power and model grades for the Fortuner

If there was ever a case of “one SUV to rule them all”, in South Africa, that SUV would be the Fortuner. Since 2006, it has basically ruled the SUV landscape, with the second generation proving to be every bit as popular as the first.

Toyota has decided to improve on the winning recipe by bringing styling, spec and performance improvements to the Fortuner range.

In front, re-shaped headlights with updated daytime running lights are joined to the new grille by chrome trim pieces. Lower down, there’s a new silver skid plate and LED turn-signal strips. 2.8 GD-6 models have been given new 18-inch alloy wheels, and for the first time, there’s a Fortuner VX model: its additional cosmetic bits include a thin chrome belt-line for the profile, as well as new tail lights and a roof spoiler.

For many people, the change to a black interior (replacing the old brown setup) is good news that’s long overdue. Its highlights include silver stitching and what Toyota is calling “high brightness” treatment for various areas. The Fortuner also get a new instrument cluster with metallic blue dials and white needles. The infotainment setup has also been upgraded to a new 8-inch touchscreen-based system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bluetooth and USB connectivity remain.

2.4 GD-6 variants now also include park distance control, cruise control a new Multi-Information Display screen that shows information like speed and steering wheel angle.

The 2.8 GD-6 ‘mid-grade’ model adds an electro-chromatic rear view mirror, power seat adjustment for front seats, a leather steering wheel, leather dashboard accents and matte wood-trim.

The new VX model tops of the spec sheet with seat heating for front passengers, and the Toyota Safety Sense system. Making its debut in the Fortuner range, it comprises a pre-collision system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and road sign recognition.

All models are also equipped with the app-based Toyota Connect system, which includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data. While it offers the ability for Fortuner owners to book services and look at tracking data, arguably the most useful function is its ability to renew the vehicle's license online.

The 2.8 GD-6 engine has also had a re-working, with power up by 20kW to 150kW, and torque up by 50Nm to 500Nm. A new turbo and combustion chamber design help improve fuel efficiency, with Toyota claiming a range of 6.8 to 7.9l/100km per 100km, depending on model. The six-speed automatic gearbox has also been recalibrated, with improvements to acceleration and cooling performance, especially while towing.

Speaking of which, the 2.4 GD-6 4x4 models have muscled up their towing capacity by 800kg to 3,3 tons, meaning they’re now as capable as the 2.8 GD-6 4x4.

Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB 6MT
R 566 800
Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 RB 6AT
R 588 000
Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 4X4 6AT
R 616 700
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT
R 700 100
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4X4 6AT
R 770 400
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB VX 6AT
R 720 200
Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4X4 VX 6AT
R 790 500