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After plenty of leaks and spyshots, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner has finally been unveiled in Thailand. The second-generation Hilux-based seven-seater SUV has been totally redesigned with a sleek new look, a more premium-looking interior and a range of new engines.
Looks handsome, doesn’t it? While we’ve seen the design as early as March, it remains very forward-looking, with slim headlights flanking a heavily-chromed grille. Under this, a chiselled bumper with chrome inserts brings on a very macho look.
Along the side, the prominent haunches give the new Fortuner a strong stance, enhanced by optional 18-inch wheels shod in 265/60 rubber (standard fitment in Thailand). The beltline also kinks upwards towards the rear, and blacked-out pillars give it a “floating roof” look. Finishing off the look are equally slim tail lights, fitted with LED light guides.
The interior takes a decidedly upwards step in perceived quality – there’s a sophisticated-looking upright dashboard design with synthetic leather and stitching, a three-spoke steering wheel derived from the new Hilux Revo and a Camry-style Optitron instrument cluster with a large colour TFT LCD multi-info display. The 50:50-split third row still flips up onto the bodyside, instead of folding flat into the floor like on most rivals.
As with the Hilux Revo, the lineup includes two new GD turbodiesels – a 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV that develops 177 hp at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm from 1,600-2,400 rpm, as well as a 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV that pushes out 150 hp at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,600-2,000 rpm. Taking over from the current 2.5 and 3.0 litre options, they feature common-rail direct-injection and variable nozzle turbocharging; the 2.8 litre also gets auto start-stop.
Also available is a 2.7 litre petrol mill, now lighter and with Dual VVT-i, improved combustion and and less friction; it churns out 166 hp at 5,200 rpm and 245 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
In Thailand, only the base 2.4G gets a six-speed “intelligent” manual transmission with rev-matching; the 2.4V, 2.7G and 2.8G receive the new six-speed automatic with paddle shifters as standard, with only the 2.8 litre oil burner getting the option of four-wheel drive. We expect both the automatic gearbox and 4WD to be standard on our cars.
Under the skin, the Fortuner features larger cross sections for its ladder frame, and sits on double wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension with coil springs. The rear differential lock also has its componentry placed within the differential housing for improved off-road protection.
Surprisingly, the standard kit list in the Land of Smiles is vast – the range kicks off with the 1,199,000 baht (RM133,500) 2.4G with fog lights, keyless entry, push-button start, a tilt- and telescopic-adjustable steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a 220 V power socket, three airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, Trailer Sway Control (TSC) and hill-start assist.
Moving up to either the 1,369,000 baht (RM152,400) 2.4V or the 1,449,000 baht (RM161,300) 2.7V nets you dual-beam LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, puddle lights, brown leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a powered tailgate, auto air-conditioning for all three rows, a touchscreen navigation system, a reverse camera and side and curtain airbags.
At the top of the range, the 1,529,000 baht (RM170,200) 2.8G also receives cruise control, while the 1,599,000 (RM178,000) 2.8G 4×4 gains tan leather upholstery and hill descent control. So, what do you think
Engine Type 2.8 Diesel
Horsepower 429 @ 5250 rpm
Torque (lb-ft) 516 @ 1800-3500 rpm
Fuel Capacity 21.9 gal
Driven Wheels 4WD
Curb Weight 4619.0 lbs.
Wheelbase 116.3 in.
Height 55.8 in.
Rim Size 18 x 9.5 in.
Front Rims 18 x 8.5
Front Wheels P255/45HR18
Seating Capacity 4
Front Headroom/ Legroom 36.9 in. / 42.2 in.
Rear Headroom/ Legroom 36.4 in. / 32.2 in.
2.8V 4WD AT
* Standard equipment
The projector lens headlights, Bi-Beam LED.
Control – Turn off automatic headlights with follow-me-home.
Adaptive Headlights High – Low automatically.
Tail Light Guiding Light
Mirror with Welcome Light.
Tailgate open – closed electrically. With anti-pinch
Material Seat Cover Beige chamois leather and synthetic leather.
Row seat 8-way power adjustable sport one side of the drive.
Door panels decorated with the silver. Chamois Cream Synthetic leather
The driver and passenger sun visor has a business card, glass lid and light.