Launched alongside the eight-generation Hilux was the 2016 Toyota Fortuner – essentially a seven-seater SUV based on the popular pickup truck. Coming to its second generation, the all-new Fortuner brings a much more rugged appearance, combined with an upgraded interior and a range of new engines.
Here, the Fortuner is available in two variants – 2.4 VRZ 4×4 automatic and 2.7 SRZ 4×4 automatic. The former shares the same 2.4-litre turbodiesel as the Hilux (which means it has 150 PS and 400 Nm on tap), while the latter is powered by a 2.7-litre four-cylinder Dual VVT-i petrol engine with an output of 166 PS at 5,200 rpm and 245 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Both are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. No manual offered here.
Specifications-wise, the 2.7 SRZ is the better equipped variant compared to its diesel counterpart. The top-of-the-range variant gets bi-LED headlamps with auto levelling, LED daytime running lights, puddle lamp, new power tailgate, and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/60-section highway terrain tyres.
On the other hand, the 2.4 VRZ gets auto halogen projector headlamps with bulb daytime running lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels with 265/65-section all-terrain tyres.
Inside, the 2.7 SRZ has an Optitron instrument panel with illumination control and 4.2-inch multi-info display, eight-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, silver trim on the gear knob and door inserts, auto air-conditioning, as well as a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel wrapped in leather. The variant below it gets a conventional CD player (with MP3, Bluetooth and USB connectivity), and a urethane steering wheel that is also tilt and telescopic adjustable.
Eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and dark brown leather upholstery are reserved for the 2.7 SRZ. The 2.4 VRZ settles with dark brown fabric seats, six-way manual adjustable driver’s seat and manual air-conditioning.
While both variants are equipped with a Drive Mode switch (Normal, ECO and Power) and an electronic transfer dial, rear differential lock is only present on the petrol variant. The suspension setup consists an independent double wishbone with coil spring and stabiliser at the front, and four-link coil spring with lateral control rod and stabiliser at the rear.
The Fortuner’s standard safety features include airbags (three in the 2.4 VRZ, seven in the 2.7 SRZ) and ABS with EBD. The 2.7 SRZ also gets Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Active Traction Control (A-TRC), Hill-start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, Trailer Sway Control and Reverse Camera – all of which are not available in the 2.4 VRZ.
The Fortuner 2.4 VRZ is priced at RM186,900, while the Fortuner 2.7 SRZ is at RM199,900. Both prices are on-the-road with GST and insurance. Customers have a choice of six colours – Silver Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Attitude Black, Avant-Garde Bronze Metallic, and Super White II.