Toyota Fortuner

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Toyota Fortuner
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2013 Toyota Fortuner 2.5 G VNTurbo Diesel (KUN60) with TRD Sportivo body kits.
Overview
Manufacturer Toyota Motor Thailand
Also called Toyota SW4
Production 2005—present
Assembly
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 Innova
Toyota Hilux Surf/4Runner (international)
Powertrain
Engine 2.7 I4 L, 4.0 V6 L. 4.6 V8 L, VVT-i and Dual VVT-i petrol
2.5 I4 L and 3.0 I4 L and 4.5 V8 D4-D diesel
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length 4,705 mm (185.2 in)
Width 1,840 mm (72.4 in)
Height 1,850 mm (72.8 in)
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)
Chronology
Predecessor Toyota Hilux Sport Rider

The Toyota Fortuner, also known as the Toyota SW4, is a mid-sized SUV. 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). 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.[2] 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.[3] In fact, this Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is designed in Thailand by Thai and Japanese engineers.[4] However the facelift version of the IMVs vehicles including the Fortuner were designed in Australia by Toyota Australia which is also responsible for developing the next generation of the Fortuner.[5]

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 petrol, and V for 4×4 Diesel and petrol. The common rail turbo intercooled diesel has functional scoop on its hood.

In 2007 Toyota Thailand dropped the 4×4 petrol model and replaced it with a two-wheel drive petrol 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.

Markets[edit]

Argentina[edit]

In Argentina, it is sold as Toyota SW4.[6]

Colombia[edit]

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 petrol 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.[citation needed]

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.[7]

Ecuador[edit]

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.[citation needed] Current versions sold in Ecuador: Fortuner 4x4 with a 2.7 L I4 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.

Egypt[edit]

The Fortuner was unveiled in Egypt in 2010 and launched in 2011. It is available in 2 trims with 2 petrol engines: the 4L V6 1GR-FE, and the 2.7L inline-4 2TR-FE. All have automatic transmission and 4x4. The car is assembled in Egypt at AAV.

Venezuela[edit]

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.

South Africa[edit]

The Fortuner was unveiled in South Africa in 2005 and launched in 2006 where it is the best-selling SUV since launch.[citation needed] Toyota released an updated model in 2009. In 2011, the Fortuner benefited from another facelift, together with its sibling the Hilux. A 2.5 litre diesel engine was added to the newly facelifted range. Again in 2013, the Fortuner received some minor interior upgrades notably the introduction, for the first time, of black leather interior. The sound system was also upgraded together with the Navigation system.

Pakistan[edit]

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.

India[edit]

Toyota launched the Fortuner in India in 2009.[8][9] It is assembled at the Bidadi, Karnataka plant of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited from imported CKD kits.[10]

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.[citation needed]

Indonesia[edit]

2006 Fortuner 2.7G Luxury (TGN61)

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).[11] 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.[12]

Malaysia[edit]

Fortuner 2.5 G D-4D Diesel (KUN60)

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.

Philippines[edit]

Philippine Market Fortuner

The Fortuner was introduced in 2005 to slot above the RAV4, and below the Prado, and Land Cruiser. It is sold in 3 variants: 2.7G petrol, 2.5G diesel, and 3.0V diesel.

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 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic transmissions, while the rest comes in 4 speed automatic transmission only. A facelifted Fortuner was introduced in October 2011, together with a 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%. A new feature for the Fortuner 4x4 V Diesel, 4x2 G Diesel Automatic variants was a Audio system with Navigation Global Positioning System.[13]

Toyota Fortuner was, for some time, the best-sellling mid-sized SUV in the Philippines, being a more affordable option as opposed to its larger and more expensive SUV siblings, as well as its reliability and durability. However, sales were[when?] overtaken by its main competitor, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and has faced stiff competition from other offerings such as the Chevrolet trailblazer as well as Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Everest, which is due for an all-new model soon.[citation needed]

Singapore[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Jamaica[edit]

Toyota Jamaica launched the Fortuner in Jamaica in 2007.[citation needed]

Vietnam[edit]

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.[14]

Saudi Arabia and UAE[edit]

In Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the Fortuner was launched in 2005. It is popular among families owing to its affordable price and off-road ability. It is also used as a police vehicle in Saudi Arabia.[citation needed]

Kazakhstan[edit]

In June 2014, Toyota announced that complete knock-down (CKD) production of the Fortuner at a production facility of Saryarka AvtoProm LLP (SAP). Plans call for a production of approximately 3,000 units annually and the hiring of an additional 100 employees in SAP.[15]

Facelifts[edit]

2008[edit]

The 2008 facelifted Fortuner. Left: Turbo diesel version with hood scoop. Right: Fortuner with TRD body kits.

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.[16]

2011[edit]

2012 facelifted Fortuner

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 centre console, steering wheel and audio/video system were also upgraded. The Fortuner also receives a new VNT (Variable Nozzle Turbo) intercharged turbo engine.

A facelift model Fortuner taxi in Thailand.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Gamboa, Ray Butch (2012-09-19). "TMP launches highly improved Fortuner and Hilux". philSTAR.com (The Philippines). Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  14. ^ "Toyota Vietnam introduces new Innova & Fortuner 2013 - more safety, more powerful" (Press release). Vietnam: Toyota. 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
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