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Revised Toyota Fortuner

Author: Lance Branquinho

wildly successful Fortuner SUV has minor lifecycle running We drove the facelift on the dunes and roads of Namibia.

Based on Africa’s best selling (Toyota’s Hilux) the Fortuner has a near perfect blend of grade off-road ability acceptable urban driveability to Hardly a surprise that sold in excess of 700 of them a during the local market’s days of 2007.

With the model, Toyota has addressed of the small foibles which invoked the ire of local owners Fortuner’s market debut in

Better comfort and convenience

The significant changes for 2009 interior ergonomics and design. its Hilux sibling, Fortuner has the traditional bakkie-based triple ventilation and air-conditioning controls for a arranged, push-button system.

thumb and forefinger actuated include proper steering mounted satellite controls for the system and cruise control. drivers will be heartened to the height adjustable driver’s is now electrically powered.

The last of the feature upgrades concerns the split air-conditioning system. now features roof trim vents for the second and third row of (for exactly the same aircraft feature vents passengers heads. ) and Fortuner now passengers seated in the rear efficiently.

These ergonomic improvements many of the interior functionality Fortuner owners have vocal about. Design though, the interior is still not many owners would it to be.

Trim colour is still way too in lieu of Fortuner’s utilitarian Toyota says the euphemistically Sand Beige trim is now darker than what before. Point is though, children could practically the light coloured trim by looking at it, and the new colour is still not dark enough to be contrast proof in the bush or even in use.

If facelifted Hilux can a dark grey interior – with leather – on top of the range Raider why not Fortuner?

One new trim feature, nearly usurps the interior’s colour hue, is the inexplicable teak wood trim inserts. Why Japanese manufacturers the need to embellish the interiors of equipped vehicles with inlays is a mystery of epic

It looks silly, especially so because the Hilux-sourced interior is one of Toyota’s better designs in of texture and shape co-ordination.

Why the spec silver or black finish could not have carried over is beyond me. tuna-scale trim would been more acceptable and desperately Eurocentric…

Bigger automatic choices

Beyond the new front and rear, the most exterior design change is the wheel. Rolling a set of 265/65 Duelers, the new alloys really out those wheel arches, a neater proportioned side

On the debit side, the move to wheels mean overlanding owners will have to buy an set of 16-inch wheels and tyres for trips outside our borders – you try and find 17-inch tyres north of the Orange and Limpopo good luck to you.

are carried over, whilst gearboxes now abound, albeit in road bias configurations.

The D-4D turbodiesel now features automatic only in rear-wheel whilst the 4l V6 range adds a self-shifter in 4×4 guise, the manual 4×4 version.

Why chose not to offer its superb compression ignition engine in 4×4 configuration is beyond me; seeing as it now sports proper range capability with its 23% fuel tank; rated at

The perception of two-pedal vehicles not real 4x4s seems to reside in the consciousness of product departments and certain groups of the fraternity. I find an automatic preferable in most situations, only long descents not equipped with an HDC function) any lesser capability to a comparable vehicle.

Traffic circle specialists will lament the of the V6 rear-wheel drive, five-speed Fortuner.

Safer. On dirt too?

Let’s not evade the Toyota had a veritable public disaster on its hands last when rumours were that Fortuner was about as on dirt roads as a fridge skateboard was downhill.

Now, with bigger I say better?) tyres, comprehensive stability electronics (VSC) and six any issues surrounding Fortuner should be allayed. Or perhaps

We drove the Fortuners on dunes Walvis Bay, where the new Duelers were superb, and the torque characteristics and refinement its excellence.

Off-road, Fortuner is a disarmingly easy, confidence-inspiring to drive. Though vehicle control electronics can hamper its off-road ability, the system disengages when the transfer is put into low-range.

Namibia in dirt road routes; good, others positively We drove the 100km-odd route Spitzkoppe to Henties Bay, features a few long corners, tighten up disconcertingly. Plenty of humps too; especially to spot in the featureless Namibian which is devoid of contrast.

The If you feel the need to travel at on a dirt road – which I is properly too fast in the first – then you should not encounter any or dynamic issues (beyond Kalahari traffic cop speed doing it in a Fortuner. We sure

Though I dislike the audible bong when it engages; the VSC has the likeness of a sentinel. Despite throttle and steering input it was essentially foolproof, applying brake force to the necessary time and again.

If you remember to up the centre-differential in high-range, run at lower pressures (it’s not a performance remember) and keep your in the road, I honestly cannot how you’d lose control of the on a dirt road.

Towing? to use a drop plate and do your GVM properly; braked trailer capacity remains 1500kg.


At a price premium of 2%, the Fortuner range should capture the 500 units a month share Toyota’s is aiming I think demand should outstrip supply, as it did with the generation.

Most of the interior foibles have been Toyota’s Fortuner upholstery just need to turn the of their trim colour guide brochure.

I would to see a horizontally split tailgate in for the convenience it provides with to extra seating and shading pulling up next to the road for or staying over in a bush

Toyota’s marketing slogan the facelifted Fortuner is gathered the age-old human-canine kinship Fortuner marketing material feature man’s best emblazoned all over.

We think quite apt; considering utilitarian, off-road capable and improved urban comfort and features all wrapped around Hilux bakkie mechanics.

characteristics are sure to see it become a member of the family; but one thing’s for no matter how nicely you ask, of biltong in hand, it won’t over…


3.0 D-4D Body R327 100

3.0 D-4D Body auto R337 100

3.0 4X4 R366 400

Facelift petrol will enter the market in the quarter. VSC is still under for the V6 drivetrain.

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