Toyota Fortuner – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Toyota Fortuner

2.7 L: 1,817 kg (4,006 lb)

Predecessor

Toyota Hilux Sport Rider

The Toyota Fortuner . also known as the Toyota SW4 . is a medium-sized SUV based on the Toyota Hilux. Originally assembled only in Thailand, but later also in Indonesia and other countries, the Fortuner is built on the Toyota Hilux pickup truck platform. It features three rows of seats and is available in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

The Fortuner is part of Toyota’s IMV project in Thailand, which also includes the Toyota Hilux and the Kijang Innova (in Indonesia). The Fortuner, meanwhile, arrived Thailand in 2004 and raised the low-cost SUV game significantly with a much more integrated SUV design language compared to the preceding 4Runner. which always retained a look of the ‘backyard conversion’ about it. Developed in large part by Toyota’s Thai operations, the Fortuner has piggybacked the success of the Hilux and is now built in a number of countries including India, Argentina and Indonesia, although outside Thailand its success has been mixed. [ 2 ] However in the Sydney Morning Herald, Gillard who worked for the Toyota Technical Centre (TTC-AU) stated that the organization has been working on the Fortuner since 2006. [ 3 ] In fact, this Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is designed in Thailand by Thai and Japanese engineers. [ 4 ] However the facelift version of the IMVs vehicles including the Fortuner was designed in Australia by TOYOTA Australia who, in addition, are responsible for developing the next generation of the Fortuner. [ 5 ]

A number of engine options are available depending on the country of sale, including a 2.7 L 2TR-FE and 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 petrol with Variable Valve Timing and 2.5 L 2KD-FTV and 3.0 L 1KD-FTV common rail variable geometry turbocharger diesel models.

Trim levels are G and G Luxury for rear-wheel drive diesel and gasoline, and V for 4×4 Diesel and gasoline. The common rail turbo intercooled diesel has functional scoop on its hood.

In 2007 Toyota Thailand dropped the 4×4 gasoline model and replaced it with a two-wheel drive gasoline version.

This car was the best selling in its category (SUV/PPV) in Thailand .

The Fortuner is not offered in Japan. Europe. North America. Australasia. or China. For the medium pick-up based SUV segment in those markets, Toyota offers the Hilux Surf (Japan), 4Runner (North America) and Land Cruiser Prado (Europe, Australasia and China).

However, in some Central American countries (Panama for example), Toyota offers the Fortuner alongside the 4Runner and Land Cruiser Prado.

Markets Edit

Argentina Edit

In Argentina, it is sold as Toyota SW4. [ 6 ]

Colombia Edit

The Fortuner was unveiled in Colombia in 2005 and launched in 2007 as a replacement for the locally assembled Prado that had been under production for 9 years without any changes. The Prado continued its production until 2009. A new model was added in 2010, the Fortuner Urbana, with a gasoline 2.7 L engine in 4×4 and 4×2 models. In late 2011, as a 2012 model, Toyota started to sell the new facelifted version with a new front grill, new rear lights and a revised interior quality on the same versions and prices as the older version. [ citation needed ]

The Fortuner is available in the following versions:

Fortuner Urbana 4×2, with a 2.7 L engine.

Fortuner Urbana 4×4 with a 2.7 L engine.

Fortuner Plus Diesel, with a 3.0 L turbo engine.

All of them come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. [ 7 ]

Ecuador Edit

The Fortuner was unveiled in South America — Ecuador in 2005 and launched in 2007. Versions of the Fortuner have come from Venezuela and Thailand. There are various models released, originally only 4×4 and 4×2 options using a V6 4.0 L petrol engine were sold.

Since 2010 a 2.7 L engine option has been released and the new face lift model has arrived.

The Fortuner was sold from 2007 until late 2009. In 2010 the Ecuadorian government exempted all hybrid cars from import taxes, which reduced the number of Fortuner cars sold because Toyota’s Hybrid Highlander Limited had a similar price (after taxes, fees and exemptions) and more features.

In late 2011 the Ecuadorian government decided to only give tax exemptions to hybrid cars with a maximum of 1.8 litre engines, leaving out both the Fortuner and Hybrid Highlander, in consequence the Fortuner again lost market share but gained back position vs Highlander. [ citation needed ] Current versions sold in Ecuador: Fortuner 4×4 with a 2.7 L V4 engine. 158 Hp 248 Nm @ 3800 rpm Fortuner 4×4 with a 4.0 L V6 engine. 234Hp 376 Nm @ 3800 rpm All of them come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

Venezuela Edit

Two trims are available for 2011 – 4×4 and 4×2 – both with the 4.0 L V6 engine. The assembly plant is located in Cumaná, Venezuela.

South Africa Edit

The Fortuner was unveiled in South Africa in 2005 and launched in 2006 where it is the best-selling SUV since launch. [ citation needed ] Toyota released an updated model in 2009. In 2011, the Fortuner benefitted from another facelift, together with its sibling the Hilux. A 2.5 litre diesel engine was added to the newly facelifted range.

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