More gear for upgraded Toyota Fortuner… but it’ll cost you

ByDean MellorAugust 20, 2020
More gear for upgraded Toyota Fortuner… but it’ll cost you

Here are details on the upgraded Toyota Fortuner prior to its official launch next week.

Toyota is set to launch its upgraded HiLux and Fortuner ranges next week. We’ve already published pricing and specification details on the updated HiLux, but if it’s a family 4×4 wagon you’re after, here are the details on the updated Fortuner range.

Like HiLux, the Fortuner will get a more powerful version of Toyota’s 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, which will now make claimed peak outputs of 150kW and 500Nm thanks to a larger water-cooled heavy-duty ball-bearing turbocharger with a new variable nozzle vane mechanism, as well as increased engine rigidity, cooling and efficiency.

Despite the increased output, Toyota says the revised Fortuner is more economical than its predecessor, with an average combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of just 7.6L/100km, providing a theoretical touring range of more than 1000km form the 80-litre fuel tank.

The Fortuner also has increased maximum braked towing capacity at 3100kg, which is up by 300kg on the superseded model.

Other changes include a new variable-flow power-steering pump that’s claimed to offer more assistance at parking speeds and a more direct feel at highway speeds, and the addition of front parking sensors.

Toyota Fortuner Upgrade Rear

The Fortuner also gets minor styling upgrades across the range. GX, GXL and Crusade model grades score a revised front-end with a larger black grille, a restyled lower front bumper, and slimmer Bi-LED headlights. The Crusade also gets high-grade headlight, a new taillight design and new 18-inch alloy wheels.

There have been upgrades in the cabin, too, with GX and GXL getting a new dark-grey fabric, while all grades get a new instrument panel with the 4.2-inch multi-information display now showing front-tyre angle and DPF status.

There’s a new larger eight-inch multimedia screen operated by buttons rather than touch, and finally the Fortuner gets Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, as well as enhanced voice activation.

The Fortuner retains a rear diff lock across the range and advanced safety tech including a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian (day and night) and cyclist (daytime) detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, and high-speed active cruise control.

As you’d expect, the upgrades come at a price with Fortuner GX up by $3115 (from $45,965 to $49,080), GXL up by $3560 (from $50,790 to $54,350) and Crusade up by $3120 (from $58,290 to $61,410).

The new range goes on sale from 27 August, 2020.