A Toyota Fortuner power upgrade will headline the August launch of the manufacturer’s family 4×4 wagon.
The Toyota Fortuner power upgrade will be accompanied by a big increase in peak torque, greater towing capacity and a host of other improvements including refreshed styling, interior upgrades and improved fuel economy.
Due to land in Australian dealerships in late-August, the new Fortuner is powered by the same revised 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine just announced in the HiLux, which means it packs peak power of 150kW and peak torque of 500Nm, which is a significant increase on the current model’s peaks of 130kW and 430Nm.
While it gains 20kW and 50Nm, Toyota says improved engine cooling has enabled fuel consumption to be reduced across the board, with the city cycle improved by more than 17 per cent. Another benefit of the engine upgrade is a maximum braked towing capacity increase to 3100kg (previously 2800kg).
“Customers will appreciate the extra performance from the high-torque engine, coupled with impressive fuel economy, smoothness and quietness – whether they’re on the school run or heading into the great outdoors,” Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said.
The Fortuner will continue to be offered in GX, GXL and Crusade equipment grades, each with a unique surround for the redesigned black grille. The new Fortuner also gets restyled bumpers with a lower section designed to look like a skid-plate, as well as new fog-light bezels and slimmer LED headlights. The top-spec Crusade is also equipped with new LED taillights.
Like the revised HiLux, the Fortuner will also get a new 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, with enhanced voice activation. Satellite navigation and digital (DAB) radio is optional on the GX grade and fitted as standard equipment on the GXL and Crusade.
Pricing will be announced closer to the Fortuner’s late-August launch date and Unsealed 4X4 will bring you a full road test as soon as we can get our hands on the new Fortuner.