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

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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 many used Of the 5215 Toyotas I found on one used-car website, 784 were (with Hiluxes accounting for 1021, illustrating how important tough siblings are for the company).

I saw a 4-litre petrol model for As I indicated earlier, in terms of consumption a 3-litre turbodiesel is a bet. This is indicated in the too — although the V6 petrol-powered cost more than the when new, the diesels their prices better.

For you will find a 2006 D4D 4×2 for R165000; another, less mileage, for R175000. they were new, eight years ago, cost R287000.

You get a wide spread of Fortuners, automatic or manual gearboxes and or fulltime 4×4 drivetrains. are diff locks on all models, to my preference for a turbodiesel 4×2 The vehicles all have good clearance (220mm) and unless you on the wrong side of an un-bridged you won’t often need Wading depth, by the way, is an 700mm.

The features lists for the models look sparse by standards, but include airconditioning, separate controls for front and occupants.

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Air bags are provided for the front occupants. All four have large storage with drinks holders and a four cup holders are scattered Windows are electrically operated, but the driver’s door has an auto-down (without auto-up). You get leather and a lockable glove box, a leather-covered steering wheel, computer, radio/CD and antilock

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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