Toyota reveals HiLux-based Fortuner SUV - Drive

Toyota says the model will fill a hole in its line-up for a diesel wagon sitting between the RAV4 and LandCruiser Prado machines, while giving an alternative to the larger and more road-biased petrol-only Kluger SUV. Like its HiLux cousin, the Fortuner has a rugged body-on-frame design powered by a 2. 8-litre turbo-diesel engine linked to a part-time four-wheel-drive system. The main mechanical difference between the two is that the wagon uses a five-link coil spring suspension setup in place of the pick-up's leaf spring arrangement. Toyota says the Fortuner has a 3000-kilogram towing capacity in six-speed manual form, with a 300 kilogram town-ball rating that should cope with heavy-duty towing. Six-speed automatic models are set to offer a 2. 8 tonne towing peak. Australian engineers had a strong role developing the machine, which has 225 millimetres of ground clearance – 25 millimetres more than the Kluger – along with steep approach and departure angles and a mechanical rear differential lock that should... Toyota will offer the machine in three model grades dubbed GX, GXL and Crusade. Mid-range models will add parking sensors, smart keys and hill descent assistance, along with all-terrain tyres shared with the entry-level model. Source: