Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co, Toyota Press | posted July 16, 2015 12:56
Next-gen Fortuner officially breaks cover after much leaking, spying and teasing
After much "spying" and "leaking," the much-awaited 2016 Toyota Fortuner officially broke cover this morning in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Fortuner is second model to come out for the second generation of the IMV platform, following the Hilux pickup which debuted last month. According to the Japanese automaker, the PPV (pickup platform passenger vehicle) has been developed to be a "True SUV with style and confidence".
Design-wise, Toyota seems to have taken a more aggressive restyle for the second-generation Fortuner. Both headlights and tail lamps have been slimmed down to streamline its look with its stablemates. The Fortuner gets LED DRLs and Bi-Beam projector LED headlamps across the lineup except for the base variant. The tail lamps now get LED guiding lights for better visibility and to give it a distinct style. All variants will come with 18-inch wheels wrapped with 265/60 R18 tires.
Size-wise the 2016 Fortuner is longer and wider with a slightly lower roofline. It now measures 4795 mm long, 1855 mm wide and 1835 mm tall. The previous fortuner measures in at 4705 mm x 1840 mm x 1850 mm. It sits on the same 2750 mm wheelbase.
The interior has also been significantly revised, getting a more premium feel compared to its predecessor. From the darker color scheme to more presence of leather on the dashboard itself. The top-trim 4WD Thai-spec model gets tan leather with matte black veneer accents, while other variants get brown leather and wood veneer accents; the base variant gets cloth upholstery. The new multi-information display shows fuel eco, a compass, and radio display. Top-spec variants will also get a DVD touch-screen entertainment system with navigation, automated climate control, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Smart key with push start/stop is standard for all variants.
Under the hood will either be two new "GD efficient boost" D-4D commonrail diesel engines, the 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV and the 2.4-liter 2GD-FTV; replacing the 3.0-liter and 2.5-liter KD series engines fitted in the outgoing Fortuner. Despite the smaller displacement and more compact configuration, the new engines offer more torque, greater efficiency and lower emissions. Along with the engines are new 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual gearboxes. The 2TR-FE 2.7-liter inline-four VVT-i gasoline engine has been carried over.
The 2.8-liter displaces at 2755 cc and outputs 177 PS @ 3400 rpm with a maximum torque of 450 Nm @ 1600-2400 rpm. At low speeds, torque goes up to 370 Nm @ 1200 rpm. The 2.4-liter displaces at 2393 cc with an output of 150 PS @ 3400 rpm and a maximum torque of 400 Nm @ 1600-2000 rpm. Low speed torque is rated 330 Nm @ 1200 rpm.
Both engines come with new in-house developed compact variable geometry turbocharges that are 30% smaller and feature quicker acceleration response, producing a wider maximum torque curve range.
The frame has been reworked with larger cross sections, and the suspension has been significantly improved according to Toyota. The drivetrain has been improved with a new "Sigma Four" all wheel drive system to live up to its go anywhere true SUV concept. Turning radius has been improved to 5.8 meters.
For safety, it gets a host of features like Hill-start Assist Control, Trailer Sway control, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, and larger disc brakes. It gets 7 airbags: 2 front, 2 front seat side, 2 side curtain and 1 for the driver’s knee airbag.
For the Thai market, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner is available in seven colors: White Pearl, Gray Metallic, Attitude Black, Silver Metallic, Super White, Phantom Brown and Nebula Blue.
Toyota Motor Thailand is targeting 2,600 units per month until the end of the year. It will have five variants: 2.8V AT 4WD (ThB 1,599,000), 2.8 AT 2WD (ThB 1,529,000), 2.7V AT 2WD (ThB 1,449,000), 2.4 AT 4WD (ThB1,369,000), 2.4 MT 2WD (ThB 1,199,000).