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Toyota Fortuner still tough in its shiny new suit


TAKE South Africa’s top-selling SUV, slap the words Limited Edition on the boot and there’s bound to be a frenzy.

From a design and driving perspective, nothing’s changed on the formidable Toyota Fortuner. Its go-anywhere attitude has been retained, along with its imposing profile. However, throw in some shiny chrome bits that would make a rapper smile with delight and suddenly the Limited Edition Fortuner starts to stand out.

The enhancements might all be cosmetic, but the stainless-steel nudge bar and side steps, both with unique LTD Edition badging, and Smokey Grey 17-inch alloy rims allow it to exude the kind of confidence reserved for an SUV like this.

It’s big, bulky and eye-catching and while the extras might be for show, some of them do come in handy, like the tow hitch and boot-sill protector.

Our test mule was the ever-faithful and desirable 3.0 D-4D and to be frank, it did everything it was supposed to and what we expect from a Fortuner, except that it did it in a fancy, shiny suit that costs a little over R11 000 extra. Not bad to add on a little swag.

The Fortuner LTD Edition was produced at Toyota’s Prospecton plant in Durban from July to September 2013.

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