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The Toyota Fortuner 2016 – Toyota’s made some seriously futuristic changes


The much loved Toyota Fortuner – Rivals high end luxury SUV’s and performance like you wouldn’t believe. That just got a whole lot better! While this article is based on the specs of the Australian 2016 release of the Fortuner, our South African specced ones would not be too different.
Specification and Offroad Ability

For the Australian market, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner will be offered in three spec options – GX, GXL and Crusade. All models are powered by the new 2.8-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that has 450Nm of torque. There’s also a six-speed manual gearbox which cleverly matches engine speed to gearbox speed, resulting in smoother shifts. There will be a six-speed auto available too. Trailer sway control, which is designed to assist if a towed vehicle is affected by crosswinds, bumpy roads or sharp turns of the steering wheel, will be fitted. The maximum towing capacity is rated at three tons for the manual and 2.8 tons for the automatic. At the touch of a button, full 4×4 capability with high and low range is available. There will be a rear differential lock fitted too.


The suspension has been tweaked by Australian engineers for their specific harsh conditions and it comprises of double wishbones at the front and a five-link, coil-spring configuration at the rear, which gives it impressive handling stability and ride comfort on all surfaces.

In terms of specification, a reversing camera is standard across the range, as are seven airbags, hill-start assist control and an emergency stop signal. Toyota said it is expecting the new Fortuner to achieve a five-star safety rating. All models will receive front and rear air-conditioning, large touchscreen audio displays, Toyota Link connected mobility, side steps, 17 or 18-inch wheels, disc brakes front and rear, and an air-conditioned compartment to keep drinks and food warm or cold. Other features include a tablet-inspired multimedia, touchscreen display, a Smart Entry & Start system, and second-row seats with one-touch operation for ease of folding. The third row seats are fitted with a fixed hook attachment for simple and convenient stowage. There are no less than 15 storage areas in the new 2016 Toyota Fortuner.


The two top-spec models are fitted with roof rails, fog lamps, reverse parking sensors, keyless smart entry and start, and downhill assist control, with the flagship featuring bi-LED headlamps and LED daytime running lamps, a power back door and 18-inch alloys with highway tyres. There will be a number of Toyota Genuine accessories available too.

The 2016 Toyota Fortuner will be powered by a new 2.8-litre direct-injection turbodiesel engine. It’s called the 1GD and is claimed to be highly efficient. Torque will be available from as little as 1600rpm in the automatic gearbox and has an output of 450Nm. Manual gearbox-equipped Fortuners will have 420Nm. Maximum power is rated at 130kW with the peak at 3400rpm while the power curve below 3000rpm supports low-to-mid-range performance. The engine is said to comply with Euro 5 emissions standards and fuel consumption is rated at 8L/100km.

Release date is scheduled for the end of 2015 for South Africa, so get excited for the all new Fortuner!

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