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Selwyn Times: June 21, 2016 My My Kaywa QR-Code 40 Tuesday June 21 2016 Motoring SELWYN TIMES Fortuner boosts Toyota’s SUV range • By Ross Kiddie THERE’S NO shortage of sport utility vehicles in the Toyota stable. However, what Toyota New Zealand do very well is plug gaps and it has vehicles to suit every budget and purpose. Recently, Toyota launched a newcomer to its line-up – the Fortuner. It is a large, seven-seat, sport utility vehicle which sits alongside the Highlander and the Land Cruiser series for buyers who just can’t step up to Prado or who don’t want the petrol-fuelled Highlander. The Fortuner is a diesel-powered model only, it is the newgeneration engine which sits in Prado and Hilux, and there are many other similarities to Hilux as well, the Fortuner sits on the chassis and underpinnings which has made Hilux so successful as a light commercial ute. That concept isn’t new in SUV manufacture – Ford’s Everest utilises the Ranger platform, and Holden’s Colorado7 is an extension of the Colorado ute. However, there is one significant difference between the Fortuner’s suspension and that of the Hilux, while both have a live rear axle, the Fortuner has coil springs as opposed to a leaf TOYOTA FORTUNER: Capable off-road. spring set-up which is common practice with this type of SUV. Elsewhere, the Fortuner doesn’t rely heavily on the appeal of Hilux. Yes, the doors and bonnet are the same, but the Fortuner has styling cues less aggressive and more akin to what you would find in a family station wagon. I really like the shape of Fortuner, it is classy and curvy, disguising well its relationship to Hilux. The Fortuner lands here in three grades. The entry-level GX model lands at $70,990 and is a manual gearbox model, automatic transmission on GX adds $2000. The test car was the GXL automatic at $75,990, while a Limited sits at $78,990. Each is equipped well for its • Price – Toyota Fortuner, $75,990 • Dimensions – Length, 4795mm; width, 1855mm; height, 1835mm • Configuration: Fourcylinder, four-wheel-drive, 2755cc, 130kW, 450Nm, six-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 12.8sec • Fuel usage – 8.6l/100km price, the test car boasted satellite navigation, paddle-shift gear selectors, powered tailgate, nice wood and leather steering wheel, cruise control, and reversing camera. As mentioned, the Fortuner gets Toyota’s new-generation 2.8-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. It is a stunner in terms of refinement and mechanical ability, it pumps out a beefy 130kW and 450Nm while capable of returning a 8.6l/100km (33mpg) combined cycle fuel usage average. During my time with the test car the trip computer was constantly sitting around 10l/100km (28mpg) with 8l/100km (35mpg) listing instantaneously at 100km/h (engine speed 1800rpm). The engine responds willingly to throttle pressure and works smoothly under pressure. That’s something I’ve commented on every time I’ve experienced the new engine, it has refinement uncharacteristic for a big four-pot diesel. Power is harnessed gently through a six-speed automatic; the gearbox is also reasonably new for Toyota, well it’s certainly new for Hilux, and Fortuner gets the benefit of the low and close ratios, immediate acceleration is forceful, while the ratios broaden to provide the lethargy for open road cruising. Bearing in mind that Fortuner is aimed at families who will want to drive long distances on the open road, fuel economy is an important ingredient of that. Yet, the Fortuner is also the capable off-road charger. Its fourwheel-drive system is engineered for rough conditions, it can most certainly be described as a serious off-roader. It has ground clearance of a healthy 279mm, and the driveline has a low ratio transfer case so that slow speed momentum can be initiated for when obstacles are presented. I took the test car on a piece of dirt that encompassed several mounds and descents, I can report it has suspension which absorbs the rough stuff, providing the occupants with a well-cushioned ride in those conditions. As well as the Fortuner is engineered for life off-road, it is still the easy-to-drive city slicker. Sure, at 4.8m there is a lot of vehicle to get into a metered car park, but it has adequate manoeuvrability considering its size, and good visibility. As an organisation, Toyota isn’t shy about introducing vehicles for an intended audience. The Fortuner fits into the vast model line-up perfectly, and will be joined in other models soon which will expand the SUV market even further. The Fortuner is there for those who understand the ability of Hilux yet need something just a little more family-friendly. 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