Toyota Fortuner is the New SUV in Company's Line-up
2015 Toyota Fortuner is the new offer by the Japanese brand for a seven-seat family SUV. It is actually the sixth SUV added to company's line-up, which consists of RAV4, Kluger, FJ Cruiser, LandCruiser Prado and LandCruiser 200 Series. Toyota representatives say that the Fortuner is not only stylish, but also remarkably strong and features the option of a 4-wheel drive.
The new family SUV has three distinctive grades: GX, GXL and Crusade. They are all powered by 2.8-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.
Toyota's 2.8-litre diesel unit is absolutely new and is characterized by its efficiency, capability and performance. It uses highly efficient fuel-injection system and intake/exhaust ports. In addition, the engine is notable for its high torque at low revs. Precisely, it has a maximum torque of 450Nm (332 lb-ft) available from 1600 to 2400rpm. Regarding the horsepower, the powertrain generates 177 hp (130kW).
Furthermore, the unit is mated as a standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, but there is also the option of a six-speed manual. However, the manual's peak torque is a little bit lower - 420Nm (310 lb-ft). GXL and Crusade grades get 'intelligent' technology for their six-speed manual gearbox. It helps in achieving smoother shifting by matching engine speed to transmission speed.
When it comes to fuel consumption, the Fortuner shows number below 8 litres per 100km.
What is Part-Time 4x4?
Part-time 4x4 can be used during day-to-day driving. Thanks to this feature the driver can dial to access Fortuner's impressive four-wheel-drive ability in high or low range.
Furthermore, the Fortuner is equipped with a special suspension package. It was created to match the harsh road conditions of any terrain. In details, it includes double wishbones at the front and a five-link coil-spring configuration at the rear. In addition, the front and rear stabilizer bars keep under control the body roll.
Goodies in Each Trim Level
How about the equipment in each trim level? There are features included in all grades, like the standard reversing camera, seven airbags, hill-start assist control and an emergency stop signal. This also means that the SUV will be extremely reliable when it comes to occupant's safety.
All grades will be also equipped with front and rear air-conditioning, large touchscreen audio displays, Toyota Link connected mobility, side steps, 17- or 18-inch wheels, disc brakes at all four corners and an air-conditioned compartment.
Only GXL and Crusade will get standard roof rails, fog lamps, reverse parking sensors, keyless smart entry and start, and downhill assist control. While the top-of-the-range Crusade adds bi-LED headlamps and DRLs, power back door and 18-inch alloys.
Nothing was mentioned about the market release of the car or its pricing. Stay tuned for more details.