Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Manufacturer Press, AutoIndustriya.com | posted July 20, 2015 10:30
How the new GD series of turbo-diesels fare against other turbo-powered PPVs
The outgoing 2005-2015 Fortuner has been running on the KD series of engines which were available in 2 displacements, 2.5-liter with 144 PS and 343 Nm of torque and the bigger 3.0-liter which puts out 163 PS and 343 Nm of torque.
The next-generation Fortuner however departs from the KD series and is now driven by the new GD series of turbo-diesels which also come in two different engine sizes. Relatively smaller than the previous generation engines, Toyota claims the new powerplants offer more power and better fuel economy.
Those that prefer a gasoline-powered Fortuner will be glad to know that the 2.7-liter unit has been carried over from the outgoing model.
With this, we came up with an engine output comparo to see how the 2016 Fortuner will fare against current PPVs (Pickup Platform Vehicles) in the market.
In terms of mid-range diesel power, the 2016 Fortuner's 2.4-liter lump will be able to outpace the Isuzu mu-X and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport's non-VGT variant. It is beaten however by Chevy's 2.5-liter Duramax and Ford's 2.2-liter Duratorq.
Moving on to the bigger engines, the Fortuner's 2.8-liter engine will also face stiff competition from other PPVs as Chevrolet and Ford currently reign with 200 PS and more than 450 Nm of torque. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport's VGT 4D56 ups the Fortuner by 1 PS though Toyota's new GD engine is able to produce more torque.
On a sidenote, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner will once again be the only PPV that will be available with a gasoline engine.
2016 Toyota Fortuner
2005 - 2015 Toyota Fortuner
2013 - present Chevrolet Trailblazer
2015 - present Ford Everest
2014 - present Isuzu mu-X
2008 - present Mitsubishi Montero Sport