Toyota Fortuner gets active safety across the range…price goes up

ByIsaac BoberOctober 5, 2019
Toyota Fortuner gets active safety across the range…price goes up

Toyota has been working its way through its range with active safety upgrades, and Toyota Fortuner is the latest model to have active safety fitted across the range.

With the announcement of Fortuner having active safety across its range, around 89.5% of Toyota’s best sales performers in Australia are now standard with active safety features. The accounts for 97% of its passenger vehicles and 85% of its SUV and light commercial range.

The key items added to Fortuner are, autonomous emergency braking (via radar and camera for high- and low-speed operation and it works during the day and night), lane departure warning and assist, active cruise control 9available form above 40km/h, so, no stop-go function) and road-sign assist.

Toyota Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said, “This year, we expect to deliver well in excess of 200,000 new Toyota vehicles in Australia – and a substantial majority will be equipped with potentially life-saving features that can help prevent and mitigate collisions,” Mr Hanley said.

“Fortuner is just the latest vehicle in our range to offer crash avoidance and lane-keeping technologies – features that are already standard in top-selling models as diverse as HiLux, Corolla hatch, Camry, Kluger and HiAce. It has achieved a five-star safety rating.”

In addition to active safety features, the Fortuner GX now gets the same 4.2-inch colour driver screen between the instrument cluster, like GXL and Crusade variants. As a result of these updates, prices are up between 2.3-3.0% across the range but thanks to the free-trade agreement with Japan and tariffs being removed (2017), pricing is still lower across the Fortuner range by between $3700-$4200.

These changes couldn’t come soon enough to Fortuner which is struggling for sales. In September it managed just 173 sales.

Toyota Fortuner Prices:

GX $45,965
GXL $50,790
Crusade $58,290
Premium paint (all grades): $600