Toyota Fortuner Review & Ratings
- 7 June 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Toyota Fortuner, also known as the Toyota SW4 is classified as a mid-sized SUV and was originally assembled in Thailand, though it was manufactured in Indonesia as well as a number of other countries later on. This vehicle is constructed on the Toyota Hilux pickup truck platform and features three rows of seats and is available in rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. The Fortuner is part of the IMV project in Thailand, which also includes the Toyota Hilux and Kijang Innova in Indonesia. Toyota’s Thai operations played a large role in developing the Fortuner and it has become a success in numerous countries around the world.
Some of the different engine options that are available with the Fortuner include the 2.7 liter 2TR0FE, a 4.0 liter 1GR-FE V6 petrol with Variable Valve Timing, 2.5 liter 2KD-FTV and a 3.0 liter 1KD-FTV common rail variable geometry turbocharger diesel models. The various trim levels for the Fortuner include the G and G Luxury, which come with rear-wheel drive as well as diesel and petrol engines. The V model of this vehicle comes with 4×4 along with diesel and petrol engine options. The common rail turbo intercooled diesel version of this vehicle has a functional hood scoop as well.
Toyota Thailand dropped the 4×4 petrol model in 2007 and replaced it with a 2-wheel drive petrol variant. Shortly after the Fortuner came out onto the market, it became the best selling vehicle in the SUV/PPV category Thailand. Despite the fact that the Fortuner has been manufactured in a number of different countries around the world, there are some where it is not available for purchase, including Japan, North American, Europe, and China. Toyota does, however, offer the Hilux Surf in Japan, the 4Runner in North America, and the Land Cruiser Prado in Europe as well as China for the pick-up based SUV segment.
The Fortuner was first introduced to the public in Colombia in 2005 and launched in 2007 as a replacement for the Prado, which was assembled locally and had been produced for a total of 9 years without a single change made to its design. The Prado continued to be produced in 2009. There was a new model that came onto the market in 2010, called the Fortuner Urbana, and came with a 2.7 liter petrol engine in 4×4 as well as 4×2 models. The 2012 model of this vehicle received a significant facelift with quite a few changes, including new rear lights as well as a new front grill and a revised interior for improved overall quality.
There are a number of different engine options available for the 2012 Fortuner, including the Urbana 4×4 with a 2.7 liter engine, the Urbana 4×4 with a 2.4 liter engine, and the Plus Diesel model, which comes with a 3.0 liter turbo engine. The Fortuner was introduced to the public in 2005 in South America and officially launched in 2007. This vehicle was produced in South America from 2007 to 2009.
In 2011, the Fortuner received yet another major facelift which included a slightly longer and lower design. This vehicle also got a revised front fascia as well as a new fender, fog light housing, headlamps, and bumper. The sides of this vehicle were changed as well and include sharper tire flairs, LED integrated side-view mirrors, and tires that are similar in design to the 2012 Hilux. Some minor changes were made to the Fortuner as well, including certain modifications to the steering wheel, center console, and audio/video system. Overall, the Fortuner was a very popular vehicle on an international level.