Still the best-selling SUV in the country at the moment, the Fortuner is the epitome of versatility, luxury and practicality. The new Fortuner is also stunningly handsome, and carries the name badge of Toyota high – yet Toyota has been surprisingly quiet in the run-up to the release of this gorgeous, refreshed model, leaving some fans wondering if anything new was coming from the Toyota factory after all.

The new Fortuner hit the market with a bang. Refreshed exterior and soft-touch interiors were expected, and the loyal consumer was not disappointed with the quality of what Toyota brought out. The new Fortuner also spoils the buyer for choice, without hassling them with too many confusing spec levels and engine models. Available in 2.4 litre GD-6 Turbodiesel, and 2.7 litre VVTi petrol engine at mid-level trim, as well as 2.8 litre GD-6 and 4 litre V6  at high-grade level. In addition, Toyota has expanded the catalogue with a new 2.4 litre GD-6 4×4, 6 speed automatic variant, which is unique in that it allows for the perfect combination of all-terrain, off-road capabilities paired with a quick-pick four-wheel-drive transmission. The marriage of this off-roading nature with the smooth and slick automatic transmission makes 4×4 and off-road adventures easier, more accessible to all, and also much more affordable.

Equipped with a seriously adept 80 litre fuel tank, the new Fortuner is surprisingly fuel efficient for such a big beast, thanks to a 110 kW and 400 Nm four-cylinder engine that returns an impressive 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres. With a nice big tank like this, road trips are bound to be a walk in the park, so to speak, although a walk up a rugged mountain range seems equally easy in this well-designed all terrainer.

As is expected of a Toyota family vehicle, the safety ratings are above average: side and curtain airbags combine with the standard dual front airbags and driver’s-side knee bags to provide peace of mind. Vehicle Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control are also on the menu when looking at active and passive safety features.

Jam-packed with technology and great features, the Fortuner prioritises comfort and convenience as well: some variants also boast an electrically-operated tailgate and a really well-designed infotainment display. Third row seating is also always a benefit, and can be removed for extra space in the boot. All of this comes in a beautifully wrapped package of luxury, ample space and great design.

All models come standard with a 5-year or 90 000 kilometre service plan and include a 3-year/100 000 kilometre warranty.


By Desh Pillay Bechan