Now the latest Fortuner is a sleek, slick affair with a longer, wider stance than the outgoing vehicle. It’s also a muscular-looking, handsome machine, from the restrained use of chrome to the LED tail-lamps, and that fabled Toyota durability and build quality is immediately apparent.
It is powered by Toyota’s new GD series engines, which first debuted on the latest Hilux. The 2.8-litre turbodiesel driving the machine here is good for 130kW and 450Nm between 1,600 and 2,400rpm.
It’s a refined powerplant this, and it provides plenty of punch, taking the Fortuner from rest to 100km/h in a respectable 10.8 seconds, and on to 180km/h. Fuel consumption is at eight litres per 100km in the combined cycle, while power runs through a sophisticated new six-speed auto ‘box.
Cutting to the interior, the luxury factor has been upped quite a bit. There’s a decidedly premium atmosphere at work, what with metallic accents and woodgrain detail, while naturally it’s a seven seater. The second-row seating is split 60:40 and comes with a slide function and reclining backrests, while the third-row is split 50:50 and also comes with a recline function. It’s a little tight for big people in the third row, unsurprisingly, but bearable over short distances, and just fine for kids.