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Second generation Toyota Fortuner launched

The seven-seat SUV battle is now in full swing with the final, and perhaps most-awaited competitor, the Toyota Fortuner, unveiled last week at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

Tough crowd

The Fortuner belongs to the seven-seater pickup-based passenger vehicle (PPV) segment — the largest and most fiercely contested segment in the ASEAN automotive industry. It goes against competitors like the new Mitsubishi Montero Sport (officially launched just this week), Ford Everest, Isuzu Mu-X, and Chevrolet Trailblazer.

From left: TMP SVP for marketing, Jose Ariel Arias; President, Saturo Suzuki; EVP, Yohei Murase; and marketing first VP, Raymond Rodriguez.

From left: TMP SVP for marketing, Jose Ariel Arias; President, Saturo Suzuki; EVP, Yohei Murase; and marketing first VP, Raymond Rodriguez.

STORIED PAST

The new Fortuner has big shoes to fill, with its predecessor ending a long, 10-year production run (2005-2015), punctuated by two facelifts and a powertrain upgrade. Toyota has made sure the new vehicle is fit to take over with a series of new powertrains and the new “Keen Look” design language, first previewed by the current Corolla Altis. The new Fortuner is also mounted on the second generation Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform, an architecture shared with the Hilux pickup and Innova MPV.

NEW FEATURESww

The Fortuner makes an entrance with slim projector headlights, integrating and LED daytime running lights. Its taillights have been slimmed down too, while still wrapping around the sides. Bi-Beam projector LED headlamps are equipped across all variants. G variants will ride on 17-inch wheels while V variants gain 18-inch wheels.

Inside, the G models feature a chamois and black interior with dark wood trim. The V models will have dark brown leather seats, with a black dash and wood trim. Entertainment is provided by a capacitive touchscreen with navigation and a multi-Information display. It adds features like fuel economy, a compass, and radio display. Top-of-the-line variants will get a DVD touch-screen entertainment system with navigation, automatic climate control and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

Powering the vehicle is a choice of three engines. Toyota still offers it with a 2.7-liter gasoline powerplant with VVT-i. Buyers can also choose from the new range of GD family diesels in 2.4- and 2.8-liter displacements. Both engines benefit from common rail variable geometry turbo technology and have an overboost function to aid in overtaking. The 2GD-FTV 2.4-liters produces 150-Ps and 330-Nm (400-Nm overboost), while the 1GD-FTV 2.8-liter produces 177-PS and 370-Nm (450-Nm overboost). The 2.4-liter can be purschased with a six-speed manual while a six-speed automatic is offered for the rest of the range.

The Fortuner also comes with a wide array of safety features like Hill-start Assist Control, Trailer Sway control, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, and larger disc brakes. There are now seven airbags, with one specifically for the driver’s knees.

Toyota’s new Fortuner adds bolder side character lines and window graphics, with broader LED tail lamps.

Toyota’s new Fortuner adds bolder side character lines and window graphics, with broader LED tail lamps.

Ready for orders

Toyota calls the new Fortuner a, “true SUV with style and confidence”. Interested buyers can now see the Fortuner at Toyota dealerships and make reservations. The first units are expected to arrive in March.

Prices for the vehicle start at P1,386,000 for the 2.4 G M/T, all the way up to P2,141,000 for the 2.8 V A/T with the White Pearl color option.