Toyota Australia has confirmed that its Fortuner 4×4 wagon is headed to Australia and expected to be on sale in Toyota showrooms in October, shortly after the all-new Hilux on which it is based.
The Fortuner will be available in three spec levels, GX, GXL and Crusade, with seven-seats, reverse camera, air-conditioning, touchscreen, side-steps, and ‘Toyota link’ as well as seven airbags (including third-row airbags), hill-start assist and emergency stop all standard across the range.
A 4×4 drivetrain will also be standard and shared with the HiLux which means it will be powered by the same 2.8 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel as the Lux.
“The new Fortuner has the rugged underpinnings of the unbreakable HiLux,” Toyota Australia CEO Tony Cramb said.
With up to 130kW and 450Nm available from the 2.8 litre turbo-diesel, the Fortuner will be available with both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.
An on-the-fly selectable 4×4 drivetrain, and a five-link coil-sprung solid rear axle with mechanical diff-lock are standard.
It also comes with a 3.0 tonne braked towing capacity (manual) and 2.8 tonne (auto).
Toyota Australia engineers have tuned the suspension and claim that the Fortuner will combine comfortable on-road performance with “the best off-road capability”.
Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch, but, we expect entry level pricing for the GX to come in under $47,000, placing it just below the $46,990 FJ Cruiser.
The Fortuner is going to appeal to the army of Toyota and HiLux die-hards, especially given it shares so much with the Lux. We suspect it will be a particularly attractive proposition for people that might have wanted a Kluger but were put off by the petrol only drivetrain.