April 11, 2021

THE COMMANDING PRESENCE : Toyota Fortuner 2021

Whether it be touring, towing or trekking the Fortuner’s exhilarating performance will do the trick. The new Fortuner with its 2.8 l turbo diesel engine will grace you to explore the undiscovered terrain when you get into gear. The Fortuner range has three grades namely GX, GXL and Crusade priced at $ 49k, $ 54k and $ 61K respectively (In 2020) . The face lift of Toyota’s ute-based seven seat-SUV benefits a sturdier driveline.

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The grades at a glance

The GX – comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, air conditioning, cloth seats, an 8-inch display with reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six stereo, plus front and rear parking sensors.

The GXL – with all the GX gears but adds Downhill assist control, climate control, digital radio, sat nav, privacy glass, power driver’s seat, roof rails, LED fog lights and a proximity key.

The Crusade – in addition to the same features of GLX it includes 18-inch alloy wheel, Bi-LED headlights, leather seats, door paddle lamps, an eleven speaker JBL sound system and a power tailgate.

The design

Its rough and ready looking is not a show either, since it shares the same reinforce of the HILUX. A cabin with fairly basic design with robust feel surely matches the rugged exterior of this SUV. The sidestep is a standard, but the GXL and Crusade adds more glamorous touches to give a premier finish.

The Engine and Transmission

All grades carry the same engine 2.8 liter, four-cylinder, turbo diesel which produce more power and more torque than before. Shifting gear is a six-speed reflexive transmission and has 3100 kg brake towing capacity. All Fortuners are four-wheel drives but could be selected four or two in high low ranges.

The space

The Fortuner’s cabin carries some super viable segments. The doors have bottle holders, cupholders, trays and hidey holes in all three rows. A centre console bin ideal to store a small backpack and the cargo space is fair enough. The third-row seats fold up towards the sides of windows and are secured into position there.

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The Drive

A ride on a Fortuner is firm with its stiff suspension and the ladder frame chassis. The new steering and extra grunt make this SUV even better in the bumpy stuff. The tyres for GX and GL comes standard with ‘all-terrain tyres’ while the crusader gets ‘highway tyres’, confirms firmness.

The Fuel Consumption

Toyota claims their Fortuner’s fuel economy is 7.6L/100km, this combines both urban and open roads. The fuel tank is 80 liters.

The Safety Equipment

The Fortuner hold a five-star ANCAP rating when it was tested in 2019. Apart from 7 airbags the 3rd row contains the curtain air bags too. This SUV’s new front parking sensors, the full sealed spare wheel and the two ISOFIX points for the child seat cements safety to the utmost.

The warranty.

The Fortuner is covered with five-year/unlimited kilometer warranty and 5-year capped price service plan. Service recommended every six months or 10,000 km.

The Negatives

Its rugged look steals the beauty when compared to other SUVs. Apart from few “why did they do that” areas the 3rd row is little cramped for a tall person.

The Verdict

This Vehicle can go places where the other SUVs can only dream about. An ideal car for a family living remotely where the off-road journey is a part in their daily life. The facility of towing a caravan or trailer behind is immense for suburb loving people. If to pick the sweet spot of this range, no doubt it’s the GXL.

 FORTUNER is exactly what the right people needs – a ute with seven seats and a boot.

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