Toyota’s Fortuner still king of the road — Times LIVE

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Toyota Fortuner



Since launched in South Africa in 2006, this big SUV has kept the charts ticking over in Toyota fashion.

On the used-car too, they are enormously And it’s about more having that famous on the grille. They are competent, fairly spacious vehicles, and become macho status in the face of opposition from technologically advanced (but softer) rivals.

When it was released in SA, Toyota at one stage to the Fortuner as part of its family of multipurpose vehicles, or IMVs. like a medical procedure.

In there’s no need to call it but what it is: a Fortuner. Everyone understand.

The other debate, at first, was to pronounce the name with the on the first or second syllable. seems to have been socioeconomically — if you live in you probably call it a FOR-tuner, but the at the rugby club may prefer

Seriously, it is a pleasure to drive from what I have to own. It’s really a wagon-version of the Hilux, which has the top-selling vehicle in SA for decades.

perfect for those who’ve wanted a Hilux, but don’t of themselves as bakkie people. The basically puts a roof the double-cab Hilux’s load so you can fit a couple more people in the two seats in what is now the luggage If you want to convey seven over a long distance, their paraphernalia, you’ll a trailer.

Although we have become to six-speed gearboxes, the five-speed box on the seldom makes you feel as if you another gear.

When it appeared, the Fortuner came either a thirsty 4-litre V6 engine, or a more frugal turbodiesel. These days you get a 2.5-litre turbodiesel, the cheapest new at just over R361000. good value.

But there are used options. Of the 5215 I found on just one used-car 784 were Fortuners (with accounting for another 1021, how important these tough are for the company).

I saw a 2006 4-litre petrol for R140000. As I indicated earlier, in of fuel consumption a 3-litre is a better bet. This is in the pricing, too — although the V6 versions cost more the diesels when new, the hold their prices

For example, you will find a 3-litre D4D 4×2 for R165000; with less mileage, for When they were almost eight years they cost R287000.

You get a spread of Fortuners, with or manual gearboxes and 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrains. There are locks on all models, adding to my for a turbodiesel 4×2 manual. The all have good ground (220mm) and unless you live on the side of an un-bridged river, you often need 4WD. depth, by the way, is an awesome

The features lists for the 2006 look sparse by today’s but include airconditioning, with controls for front and rear

Toyota Fortuner

Air bags are provided only for the occupants. All four doors large storage bins drinks holders and a further cup holders are scattered about. are electrically operated, but only the door has an auto-down function auto-up). You get leather seats and a glove box, a four-spoke steering wheel, onboard radio/CD and antilock braking,

The Fortuner, like the Hilux, is car-like to drive. There is so power from the 3-litre that you start to understand why drivers always seem to be so fast.

And it’s not really a Hilux with a longer Tweaking has been done to the for example, and other adjustments made to reduce noise inside the cabin, adding to the of near-luxury for occupants. And the high height confirms the king of the status.

Fortuners, like Hiluxes, are in Durban.

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