|Manufacturer||Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd.|
|Also called||Toyota SW4|
|Assembly||Samut Prakan, Thailand (Toyota Thailand)
Chachoengsao, Thailand (Toyota Thailand)
Karawang, Indonesia (Toyota Astra)
Cairo, Egypt (Starting 2012)
Zárate, Argentina (as Hilux SW4)
Bidadi, India (Toyota India)
Karachi, Pakistan (Launch from 2013)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Platform||IMV / N platform|
|Related||Toyota Hilux Vigo
Toyota Hilux Surf/4Runner (international)
|Engine||2.7 I4 L, 4.0 V6 L. 4.6 V8 L, VVT-i and Dual VVT-i gasoline
2.5 I4 L and 3.0 I4 L and 4.5 V8 D4-D diesel
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm (108.3 in)|
|Length||4,710 mm (185.4 in)|
|Width||1,840 mm (72.4 in)|
|Height||1,790 mm (70.5 in) (without roof rail)|
|Curb weight||2.7 L: 1,817 kg (4,006 lb)
4.0 L: 1,985 kg (4,376 lb)
4.6 L: 2,192 kg (4,833 lb)
2.5 L: 1,779 kg (3,922 lb)
3.0 L: 1,852 kg (4,083 lb)
4.5LL: 2,122 kg (4,678 lb)
|Predecessor||Toyota Hilux Sport Rider|
The Toyota Fortuner, also known as the Toyota SW4, is a medium-sized SUV based on the Toyota Hilux. Originally assembled only in Thailand, but later also in Indonesia and other countries, the Fortuner is built on the Toyota Hilux pickup truck platform. It features three rows of seats and is available in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Fortuner is part of Toyota's IMV project in Thailand, which also includes the Toyota Hilux and the Kijang Innova (in Indonesia). The Fortuner, meanwhile, arrived Thailand in 2004 and raised the low-cost SUV game significantly with a much more integrated SUV design language compared to the preceding 4Runner, which always retained a look of the ‘backyard conversion’ about it. Developed in large part by Toyota’s Thai operations, the Fortuner has piggybacked the success of the Hilux and is now built in a number of countries including India, Argentina and Indonesia, although outside Thailand its success has been mixed. However in the Sydney Morning Herald, Gillard who worked for the Toyota Technical Centre (TTC-AU) stated that the organization has been working on the Fortuner since 2006. In fact, this Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is designed in Thailand by Thai and Japanese engineers. However the facelift version of the IMVs vehicles including the Fortuner was designed in Australia by TOYOTA Australia who, in addition, are responsible for developing the next generation of the Fortuner.
A number of engine options are available depending on the country of sale, including a 2.7 L 2TR-FE and 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 petrol with Variable Valve Timing and 2.5 L 2KD-FTV and 3.0 L 1KD-FTV common rail variable geometry turbocharger diesel models.
Trim levels are G and G Luxury for rear-wheel drive diesel and gasoline, and V for 4×4 Diesel and gasoline. The common rail turbo intercooled diesel has functional scoop on its hood.
In 2007 Toyota Thailand dropped the 4×4 gasoline model and replaced it with a two-wheel drive gasoline version.
This car was the best selling in its category (SUV/PPV) in Thailand.
The Fortuner is not offered in Japan, Europe, North America, Australasia, or China. For the medium pick-up based SUV segment in those markets, Toyota offers the Hilux Surf (Japan), 4Runner (North America) and Land Cruiser Prado (Europe, Australasia and China). However, in some Central American countries (Panama for example), Toyota offers the Fortuner alongside the 4Runner and Land Cruiser Prado.
In Argentina, it is sold as Toyota SW4.
The Fortuner was unveiled in Colombia in 2005 and launched in 2007 as a replacement for the locally assembled Prado that had been under production for 9 years without any changes. The Prado continued its production until 2009. A new model was added in 2010, the Fortuner Urbana, with a gasoline 2.7 L engine in 4×4 and 4×2 models. In late 2011, as a 2012 model, Toyota started to sell the new facelifted version with a new front grill, new rear lights and a revised interior quality on the same versions and prices as the older version.
The Fortuner is available in the following versions:
- Fortuner Urbana 4x2, with a 2.7 L engine.
- Fortuner Urbana 4x4 with a 2.7 L engine.
- Fortuner Plus Diesel, with a 3.0 L turbo engine.
All of them come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Fortuner was unveiled in South America -- Ecuador in 2005 and launched in 2007. Versions of the Fortuner have come from Venezuela and Thailand. There are various models released, originally only 4×4 and 4×2 options using a V6 4.0 L petrol engine were sold. Since 2010 a 2.7 L engine option has been released and the new face lift model has arrived.
The Fortuner was sold from 2007 until late 2009. In 2010 the Ecuadorian government exempted all hybrid cars from import taxes, which reduced the number of Fortuner cars sold because Toyota's Hybrid Highlander Limited had a similar price (after taxes, fees and exemptions) and more features. In late 2011 the Ecuadorian government decided to only give tax exemptions to hybrid cars with a maximum of 1.8 litre engines, leaving out both the Fortuner and Hybrid Highlander, in consequence the Fortuner again lost market share but gained back position vs Highlander. Current versions sold in Ecuador: Fortuner 4x4 with a 2.7 L V4 engine. 158 Hp 248 Nm @ 3800 rpm Fortuner 4x4 with a 4.0 L V6 engine. 234Hp 376 Nm @ 3800 rpm All of them come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.
Two trims are available for 2011 - 4×4 and 4×2 - both with the 4.0 L V6 engine. The assembly plant is located in Cumaná, Venezuela.
The Fortuner was unveiled in South Africa in 2005 and launched in 2006 where it is the best-selling SUV since launch. Toyota released an updated model in 2009. In 2011, the Fortuner benefitted from another facelift, together with its sibling the Hilux. A 2.5 litre diesel engine was added to the newly facelifted range.
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Toyota started importing the Fortuner in Pakistan in 2009. Pakistan started local assembly of the 2.7L Fortuner in March 2013, as said by Pervez Ghais CEO, Toyota Indus Motor company in interview to Bloomberg. The locally assembled Fortuner will be priced approximately 37% lower than the imported version mainly due the 150% tax Pakistan imposes on imported vehicles with engines with capacities of greater than 1800 cc.
Fortuner production increased to more than 950 vehicles per month from the initial 500 units per month.
Initially there was only one variant sold in India of the Fortuner, which is the 3.0 L Common Rail Turbo Diesel engine, with leather upholstery and climatronic as standard. But at the 2012 Indian Auto Expo, Toyota launched 3.0 L 4x2 Manual and Automatic transmission.
The Fortuner was introduced in 2005 at the Jakarta International Motor Show. It is positioned below the Land Cruiser and the RAV4.
Initially the Fortuner was sold in 2.7G and 2.7V trim levels. The rear wheel drive 2.7G was offered in the base with fabric interior and the Luxury with leather interior and premium sound system. The 4-wheel drive Fortuner 2.7V is only available as the luxury model. The V trim with the 3.0 diesel engine is not officially sold in Indonesia, due to the heavier tax regulations imposed on vehicles with 4×4 drive trains and engines having volumes of 3.0 L or more. It was specially imported for the Sumatra and Kalimantan markets.
The 2.7G is fitted with a 4-speed automatic transmission and a two-wheel drive with a 2.7 L petrol engine. The rear-wheel-drive 2.7G and 4×4 2.7V come only with automatic transmission. The 2.5G was later added to the market and adds four-wheel drive powered by a 2.5 L diesel engine giving 75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp). It is mated to a 5-speed manual. Its high body model has been criticized as unstable, and not aerodynamic when running at higher speeds.
In mid-2009, a new variant was added to the lineup, which is the 2.5G with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5G can be ordered with TRD Sportivo body kits, which is also available as dealer installed options for other models.
In August 2012, the 2.5 L common-rail turbodiesel 2KD-FTV engine was upgraded to include a variable nozzle turbocharger (VNT). It was launched to commemorate Pertamina's successful expedition from Jakarta, Indonesia to Venice, Italy (a distance of roughly 20,000 kilometers) using a group of Fortuners.
The Fortuner is sold in Malaysia in 2 variants – 2.7V and 2.5G.
The 2.7V carries a 4-cylinder, in-line 16-valve, DOHC, VVT-i petrol engine, with a maximum output of 118 kW (160 PS; 158 hp) at 5200 rpm and maximum torque of 241 N·m (178 lb·ft) at 3800 rpm. 2.7V is available only in 4-speed automatic transmission with ECT.
The 2.5G has a DOHC Turbo diesel engine with a maximum output of 75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp) at 3600 rpm and maximum torque of 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) at 1600-2400 rpm. 2.5G was initially available with a 5-speed manual transmission only, but for the 2009 model year facelift it has been replaced by a 4-speed automatic.
Only the 2.5 L common-rail diesel (2.5G) and the 2.7 L petrol (2.7V) engines are available.
The 2.7G model is equipped with the 2.7 L 2TR-FE engine with VVT-i technology, which produces 118 kW (160 PS; 158 hp) at 5200 rpm and 241 N·m (178 lb·ft) of torque at 3800 rpm. The 2.5G model, on the other hand, is equipped with the 2.5 L 2KD-FTV engine with common rail diesel (D-4D) technology, which produces 75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp) at 3600 rpm and 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) of torque at 1600-2400 rpm. The 3.0V, which is the top variant, is the only 4×4 model in the range (previous variants are both 4×2). It is equipped with the 1KD-FTV engine with D-4D technology, which produces 121 kW (165 PS; 162 hp) at 3400 rpm and 343 N·m (253 lb·ft) of torque at 1400-3200 rpm. The 2.5 L 4×2 diesel variant comes in both manual and automatic transmissions, while the rest comes in automatic transmission only. The facelifted Fortuner was introduced in October 2011, together with the facelifted Innova and Hilux.
In September 2012, the 2.5 L 2KD-FTV diesel engine was upgraded with Variable Nozzle Turbocharger (VNT) Technology with Intercooler. According to Toyota Motors Philippines, the new model will have improved fuel efficiency and produce additional engine power by 40% and increase torque by 30%. VNT is now available for the Fortuner’s 4x4 V and 4x2 G Diesel manual and automatic variants. A new feature for the Fortuner 4x4 V Diesel, 4x2 G Diesel Automatic variants is a newly installed Audio system with Navigation Global Positioning System, which offers the most POIs (Points Of Interest) available in the Philippines.
The Fortuner was introduced in 2005 in Singapore. Some problems include parking because of its height of 1.85 m not fitting in some car parks. The Toyota Hilux (which shares the same platform) also had poor sales for the same reason but sold better than the Fortuner.
Toyota Jamaica launched the Fortuner in Jamaica in 2007
In February 2009, Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) started to produce Fortuner - SUV of IMV series. And the Fortuner has soon occupied the first position in medium high SUV segment in Vietnam with the accumulated sales of nearly 25,000 units with a steady SUV market share at 64% with 6,129 units sold in 2012.
A minor redesign of the Fortuner was launched in August 2008. It features new projector headlamps and grille, new rear lights, bluetooth connectivity, new light sand interior, electronic adjustable driver seat in 4×4 V trim, rear cool air conditioning from ceiling for second and third row. Electronic Brake Force Distribution, with Brake Assist replacing LSPV in some models only. It is also All Wheel Drive (AWD) for the first time. Its newly redesigned front grille and front lamps are in the style of the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series. There are basically four models; 2.5G 4×2, 2.7G Luxury 4×2, 2.7V 4×4, and 3.0 G 4×4.
A more heavily facelifted Fortuner was released in late 2011. It is slightly longer and lower than the outgoing model. The front fascia was completely revised with a new fender, hood, grill, headlamps, bumper and fog light housing. The tail lamps along with the rear bumper, rear garnish plate were also revised. Changes in the sides includes a new sharper tire flairs, LED integrated side view mirrors and the tires was also redesigned similar to the 2012 Hilux's. Minor changes were also made to the interior including the center console, steering wheel and audio/video system were also upgraded. The Fortuner also receives a new VNT (Variable Nozzle Turbo) intercharged turbo engine.
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