Published on July 17th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
All-new Toyota Fortuner finally revealed
A few months ago, we revealed the all new Ford Everest, which was launched in conjunction with the all-new Ford Ranger. And from first impressions, it looked like the Everest was a much more domesticated model from what it used to be- and even more distanced from the workhorse that is the Ranger.
But Ford isn’t the only one looking to make a big impact in the 7-seater SUV segment. Toyota has come back with their next-generation Fortuner, and there’s plenty to be excited about. The previous generation model was a little bit of an oddball in it’s own way, adopting much of the Hilux platform to suit it’s needs. And like the previous Everest, it felt slightly too utilitarian at times to be a family hauler.
This new Fortuner adopts the same platform as it’s sister Hilux, but with notable improvements in terms of refinement and luxury. Again, Ford made this move with the Everest to further distinguish it from it’s workhorse counterpart, and Toyota has done a seemingly good job with this generation of Fortuner.
Styling wise, we see a lot of these new sharp edges and features that is gracing some of Toyota’s more current models. It definitely provides a futuristic look, although from head on it’s clear that it has similar roots to the Hilux. The ground clearance is more akin to an offroad vehicle, which may make it less appealing to the urbanite.
In terms of engineering, the new Fortuner has a new 2.8-litre diesel engine with an output of 175 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Gearbox options for the Australian market where it’s currently on offer are manual or automatic, with double-wishbone suspension at the front and a multi-link rear end. While this rear end may not be as robust as the live axle from a Hilux, it is definitely far more compliant and comfortable for the everyday driver.
When this market will receive this all-new Fortuner and what specifications will be chosen for us are yet to be seen, although it will definitely be an interesting counterpoint to the Ford Everest. From first impressions it may be a little too big for a buyer to accept, but Toyota’s reliability may have a strong say in a purchase decision.