The Toyota Fortuner has been the country’s favorite since its birth. With superb engineering, great structure, and future ready aerodynamic look, this SUV has delivered every single aspect that an off-road enthusiast could desire. Though, the mill under its bonnet is not that potent to the marks of Land Cruiser and Range Rover but it handles the zeal effectively. Not only in the Philippines, but several other nations have enjoyed cruising in this big bulky machine which has got even better with the iterations it has seen in its life cycle. It has a range of competitors which offer few better aspects as well, but summing them all, the Fortuner comes out to be a properly balanced unit.
Let’s check the positive and negatives of this monster:
Toyota Fortuner was introduced in 2005 for the first time in Thailand and was initially known as Toyota SW4. Since then, it has seen its two generations where the first one suffered two facelifts in the year 2008 and 2012. It shares its platform with Toyota Hilux pickup and Toyota Innova MPV which are also great vehicles in their category and have received appreciation from users.
The Fortuner is made up of the genes of a beast which can be seen on the face of this SUV. It takes care of people who wish to have a big and massive SUV with loads of attitude and road presence but still eat less in terms of economy. Toyota has poured every single aspect to the list of amenities it has.
In the front, the mighty muscular looks portray a serious monster ready to unleash its power with full force. The wide open air dams, glossy chrome radiator grille with mean looking headlights on either side make it a grab-in-first-sight thing. The profile shows smooth flowing lines through the window sills making it elegant and bulky. There is nothing much on the name of side cladding and it actually suits Fortuner’s personality.
At the rear, Fortuner has followed the trend that most of the manufacturers are employing. It has a single strip running through the width of the vehicle. Execution of the same is carried out in a bit of style where the chrome strip over the license plate is merged cleverly with the tail light cluster. This indeed looks good and adds to the glam presented by the SUV.
Toyota Fortuner looks to be quite high from the ground level with the new outfit it wears. For those searching for an Offroader can easily manage with this brute. However, there is a huge fan following of the older generation Fortuner who may feel sad as the model is discontinued, but the newer one has whole new genetics with better potential than before to grab your view.
It’s not a coincidence that when the Fortuner got its revamped body structure, its rivals; Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Montero Sport, were also in for their facelift, which actually gave people a new variety of vehicles to choose from. Let’s see what all differences they have in terms of their dimensions.
Beating Japanese in terms of luxury is quite close to impossible. Toyota Fortuner has received massive changes in its interior styling and the changes are soothing with proper usage of each and every bit. The broad and wide open dashboard makes it look even bigger from inside. The new three spoke steering is common between the new Innova and Hilux and suits the charisma of the SUV. The Philippine spec Fortuner has black and silver dashboard styling which is not the same for some other markets. It also shares bit of a wave structure from Innova but there are different angles here. The center console is cleverly arranged with a lot of buttons and touch screen navigation. The wooden panel around the gear knob and on the steering are plush with smooth texture printed over them. On the features front, it has an automatic climate control, 6.5 inch capacitive touch control, Optitron meter display, Multi information display, and all the stuff which can are found in a top ranging vehicle.
Getting over the seating comfort, the new Fortuner has grown here as well from past generation. All leather upholstery with high quality fabric add a different charm. The premium feel and proper cushioning at the vital positions is a major plus here. The front seats can be adjusted automatically for height and reach. On the second row, adequate leg room is given to fit-in taller people. With the center armrest on, two occupants can sit comfortably, however the third occupant can find his/her place with armrest folded. For the third row passengers, it’s easy to get in with one-touch tumble feature which folds up the second row seat.
The leg room at the last row has been increased from the last version but it's still not enough and leaves the occupants cramped for leg space. However, folding the second row seats while sitting on third will give you acres of legroom where you can relax like a king.
All three rows have enough airiness due to big windows and surrounding. The C-pillar may seem to be a bit too broad but the merging effect of the last window with the rear windshield marks a toll over that. The driver gets a complete vision of the road and driving this car in congested areas will be an ease.
Toyota Fortuner is available with two engine options in the Philippines. For diesel engines, we have 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre units and we have 2.7-litre Petrol as well. The bigger Diesel mill churns around 174hp of power at 3400 rpm with 450Nm of torque at 1600 to 2400 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Owing to its 4x4 abilities, it can crack over any rough terrain where the enthusiasm can be ushered to its extremities. The lower powered engine in Diesel category is a mild churner and good for cross country and highway trips. The petrol unit is available in a 4x2 embodiment only. This 2.7-litre mill produces 163hp of power @ 5200 rpm with 245Nm of torque @ 4000 rpm. With these performance figures, the Fortuner petrol comes out to be a good city and highway cruiser. It comes with 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential control and paddle shifters which make the ride effortless.
The Diesel mill with 4x4 abilities is the one which we liked the most out of the other options available. This engine has enough thirst to perform on a level which every car enthusiast dreams of. Naught to 100 kmph can be attained in as low as 8 seconds, which perfectly compliments this monster looking SUV.
Being an SUV to its core, the Toyota Fortuner is a master in terms of safety. The ANCAP has crowned it 5 star safety rating which is really a major aspect for vehicles of this category. It is stuffed with multiple airbags for the front two passengers, driver’s knee, and in the sides, and curtain area. Apart from this, it also carries EBD, ESP, Active traction control, hill start assist, trailer sway control, and brake assist. With 3 point seat belt pretensioner, child lock protection, emergency brake signal, engine immobiliser and emergency brake signal, the Toyota Fortuner becomes one of the best in class SUV.
Even with the strong rivalries ahead which have also got the similar genes and few different aspects in terms of practicality, Toyota Fortuner smashes out everyone along with the blemishes it had while in its last gen epitome. With everything new placed at just the right places, this SUV makes a lot of sense.
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I always dreamt of owning a Fortuner some day. After having seen multiple models in my life, I was about to buy the Fortuner when Toyota launched an updated version in Thailand. As a result, I decided to wait for the newer model to come to Philippines. And when it did, the entire family was stunned with the value this SUV was offering. Yes the price is a bit on the higher side, but for a long ownership experience, Toyota’s reliability justifies this hefty tag.
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