After the Hilux had received an overhaul this year, it was only natural to expect the same out of Fortuner which is based on the pickup truck’s platform. Mid-size SUV follows Hilux in its steps and offers plenty of the same, even beyond the platform. 2016 Toyota Fortuner is entirely new, and even though it exhibits rather modern design cues, it still features boxy lines across its body.
Under the Hood
Initial, and likely all further models of the new 2016 Toyota Fortuner will be offered with four different powertrain choices; two diesel and two gasoline ones. Most of engines are in-line 4-cylinders like the 2.7L petrol unit which delivers 160 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. However, gasoline burning option is your only bet for some V-6 power. 4.0L unit manages to put up 278 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Both options offer either 6-speed manual or automatic transmission choices, but rear-wheel drive has been discarded as an option this time.
Same can be said for the duo of 4-cylinder turbo diesels. 2.4L unit makes 150 hp and either 253 or 300 lb-ft of torque, depending on whether you go with the manual or automatic gearbox respectively. Stronger diesel, 2.8L mill produces 177 hp and either 310 or 330 lb-ft of torque.
Design – Inside and Outside look
2016 Toyota Fortuner shares plenty of design cues with Hilux too. Its front end features the stripe metallic grille with some sharp, thin, and above all modern headlamps. Bumper is rather pronounced and gets chiseled foglight sockets. Midsection is high and angular with rear quarter window lifted higher than front ones. Finally, rear end gets another modern detail as Fortuner’s new tailgate features both contemporary tail-lights and a chrome garnish which seamlessly melts with them.
Interior is heavily revised as well, and yet again Toyota Hilux has served as a model. This can easily be confirmed by pickup truck’s clock and airvents department which sits atop the dash in its own socket. 7-inch touch screen display should take its spot in the 2016 Toyota Fortuner too, and top grades of the SUV should offer leather-appointed seats, together with some more upscale inlays. All available models will come with standard dual-zone air conditioning system, and both heated and cooled drink and food compartment. Add to that all the connectivity features standard in its class, and Fortuner easily becomes a capable SUV with three rows of seats and plenty of space to spare.
Safety Features aren’t that advanced, however. 2016 Toyota Fortuner offers no less than 7 standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and stability control as mandatory gear. It also adds a rearview camera and hill-start assist from the get-go, but additional advanced electronic safety goodies will have to be ordered separately, and there won’t be many of them as well.
2016 Toyota Fortuner Price & MPG
While official fuel economy numbers are yet to be confirmed, Toyota expects its boxy truck-derived SUV to manage around 29 mpg combined with the most efficient turbo diesel engines. Other engines will only go downhill from that, but it’s still a rather good result concerning Fortuner’s weight. Prices are likely going to find themselves in the region between $40,000 and $65,000, depending on chosen trim level, powertrain, drivetrain, transmission and ultimately, the level of optional equipment.
2016 Toyota Fortuner has been a solid option for both cargo and people hauling since its introduction. Now, with Hilux reaching the next stage, new Fortuner also brings a lot of new cues, both from the outside, and on the inside. New tech features are here as well, and so are Hilux’s powertrains. When all is said and done, Fortuner should continue to offer solid all-around figures and versatility.