Toyota Fortuner Australia 2016 – 2016 Toyota Fortuner review based on Marcus Kraft’s launch with pricing, features, ride and handling, safety, verdict and rating. In short, the new seven-seater Toyota Fortuner is inferior to the Prado and can be had for less than $50,000 in base trim. The Fortuner might just be the new wagon to beat… 2016 Toyota Fortuner Starting at $47,990 (+ORC) Warranty 3 years / 100,000 km Safety Untested Engine 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel 130kW/430kW/torque; 450 Nm six-speed manual gearbox; six-speed automatic Body 4795 mm (D); 1855 mm (W); 1790-1835 mm (H) Weight 2110-2135 kg Thirst 7.8-8.6 l/100 km
UPDATE: We’ve got a comprehensive Fortuner on- and off-road review, technical analysis and Toyota’s 4WD selection guide.
Toyota Fortuner Australia 2016
Practical Car Says: The Fortuner is a class apart from rivals like the Isuzu MU-X, Holden Colorado 7 and Mitsubishi Challenger. And it’s well priced too. That will reduce Kluger sales and take a bite out of the Prado, and part of that will be brand loyalty and novelty value until people really realize that the Fortuner is a solid offering in its own right. Some potential buyers may bemoan the Fortuner’s lack of high-tech safety equipment, but it’s a great-looking vehicle that drives well and has real four-wheel drive capabilities, so we think the Fortuner is poised to shake the large SUV segment -up.
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CAR MAGAZINES are notoriously hard to please. Often, they said, their seat in the plane before launch was not close enough to the pilot’s seat; or the latest sports car lacks luggage space (surprise!); or the newest ute on the block was jittery in corners with no load in the back (also a revelation).
But during this week’s launch of the Toyota Fortuner, held in and around South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, the flock of writers seemed unusually cheeky. And no, it wasn’t because of the soothing vibe of the bush and the fantastic scenery, the great food (seemingly appearing at 10-minute intervals) or the incredibly varied route. The general consensus was that the Fortuner, to quote one of the aforementioned scribes anonymously, was “pretty good.” I believe he was close to the mark.
If I’m really counting, I think the word “unique” was said more than 20 times during the press briefing before we were given the chance to drive the Fortuner and make up our own minds.
Every automaker likes to believe its product is unique, but at least “unique” is appropriate this time because, according to Toyota’s sales and marketing executive Tony Crumb, the Fortuner was the biggest development program ever. or undertaken by a local Toyota division. engineers – with “unique” cables, body parts, tests and other tasks solved in their native country.
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The Fortuner may be just the latest of many additions to the burgeoning SUV market segment, but Toyota has a firm grip on it. “The Fortuner definitely lives up to the promise of its off-road 4WD heritage,” Crumb said at the presentation.
“The Fortuner is ideally located between Kluger and Prado; Kluger’s diesel alternatives sell about 1,400 vehicles a month, or nearly 17,000 a year. Fortuner will provide us with a significant part of this action.
“This is a great choice for people who dream of a luxury SUV… they want a stylish car, they want seven seats, high seat safety and excellent visibility; they also need real 4X4 capabilities.”
The seven-seater diesel-powered Fortuner is offered here in three variants: GX, GXL and the range-topping Crusade. Powering everything is a proven 2.8-liter four-cylinder common-rail direct-injection turbodiesel engine with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Maximum power and torque 130kV and 450Nm (automatic); 420 Nm for mechanics. Braked load capacity is listed as 3000kg (manual) and 2800kg (automatic). The stated fuel consumption is 7.8 l/100 km (combined) for the manual transmission and 8.6 l/100 km (automatic). That’s an extra $2,000 for the automatic.
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For this launch review, we’re focusing on the Crusade (MSRP $61,990 for Phantom Brown, an additional $550). The driving program took us from Port Augusta through the Flinders Ranges, Rawnsley Park Station, Wilpena Pound with good 4VD engagement.
The Fortuner is shorter and narrower than the Kluger and Prado, stocky and solid; it looks like a mad scientist mixed a LandCruiser, Prado and Kluger, added some RAV4 for laughs, and then pumped the resulting mixture full of steroids. Looks good; not too smooth around town like many modern 4x4s, but rough for country class.
Clean and tidy inside. The fit and finish of the Crusader, hand-stitched throughout, is good but not impressive. If the design team ditched the wood trim for the next version of the Fortuner, it wouldn’t be a big loss.
There’s plenty of headroom and legroom in the front and second rows, but the third row is, as expected, just for kids. Goodies include hooks for 4kg bags on the front seatbacks and three 12V sockets. Our Crusade also had a 100V, 220V outlet.
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The driving position is comfortable, high and safe; the seats are comfortable and provide enough support. The steering wheel is adjustable for tilt and reach. To some, moving the shoulder blades will seem like a nice touch, but we think they’re here for nothing. Visibility from the driver’s seat is more than generous thanks to the open space on all sides.
On the road, the Fortuner is always smooth, quiet and stable. There was little to no noise inside, apart from a shrill whistle at high speeds due to a stuck rock (somewhere in the disc brake, we suspected) after a particularly hard off-road ride. It must have fallen off because the whistle stopped, son.
Handling isn’t as direct as some might expect, although that’s not surprising considering it’s an SUV. It can be a little vague – and there was a bit of understeer on our tester – but nothing that could be considered problematic. The 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission are a tasty combination. We had the cruise in the car itself.
The ride was tough, but not too tough. The Fortuner bounced a bit on a few long, tight bitumen corners, requiring constant minor repairs, but held up well at speed in the mud, corners and gullies. Even the unexpected potholes did not give us much pleasure.
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Off-road, the Fortuner was a champion. We did a few laps on two different 4VD tracks: one was a long winding track along a ridge, up and down through rocky hills and through bush; the other was a short but significant ride through a rocky creek bed, up and down sandy banks, between the river’s red tires.
The Fortuner handled everything with HiLuk (or -lite) ease. This is not surprising as it has a HiLuk body-on-frame setup as well as all-wheel drive. It differs in that it has coil springs at the rear rather than the HiLuk leaf springs.
The switchable 4VD system has high and low range. There’s also a manually lockable rear differential and a very stable Descent Assist system (though not on the GKS). All numbers – approach angle 30 degrees, exit angle 25 degrees, ramp angle 23.5 degrees and crossing depth 700 mm – are suitable for off-road travel. We never scratched anything with any part of the Crusade’s undercarriage, and there certainly wasn’t enough water to test the Fortuner’s wading depth.
On a short, slow track, we lifted the wheel in a few places and the torque was seamlessly redirected to those on the ground. With patient driving, the process went smoothly and without incident. It’s great off-road, but impressive on the road.
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The Fortuner comes standard with air-conditioning, rear differential lock, touchscreen audio display with Toyota Link connectivity, cruise control, side steps and 17-inch steel wheels with ‘all-terrain tyres’. Toyota says it expects it to get the maximum five-star safety rating, as all variants get stability control and active traction control, seven airbags, a rearview camera, trailer sway control, hill-start assist and tilt-and-reach management. column. Includes three upper cable holders and two ISOFIX child seat holders.
The Fortuner’s seven seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 layout. The 60/40 split-folding second-row seats recline with one touch, while the 50/50-split third-row seats can be retracted. Boot capacity varies from 200 liters to 1,080 liters when stowed on top of the seatbacks.
Standard equipment also includes durable fabric seat covers with contrast stitching, projector-style headlights, LED taillights, an air-conditioned refrigerator, Bluetooth connectivity, six speakers, three 12V accessory sockets, an audio system and steering wheel phone controls. , economical and energy driving modes, as well as a multi-information display (MID) on the instrument panel.
The mid-range GXL gets alloy wheels, smart keyless entry and start, roof rails, reverse parking sensors, fog lights, MID colour, privacy glass and hill assist system. Manual transmission versions feature Toyota’s innovative “Intelligent” system that matches engine speed and transmission speed for smooth gear changes. Automatic options have paddle shifters. Prices start at $52,990 (+ORC).
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The top-of-the-range Crusade completes the luxury with an interior with leather accents (available in brown or dark brown), satellite navigation, electric doors, air conditioning, bi-LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels (including spare), 220V power outlet and electric driver’s seat. Price from $59,990 (+ORC).
A wide range of genuine Toyota accessories are available, including airbag-compatible roll bars, as well as a newly developed tow bar and load capacity.