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Toyota’s Fortuner geared for Epic adventures

26.11.2014

THE success of the Toyota Fortuner is well known both in and outside the motoring industry. It was first released locally in 2006 and since then Toyota has sold on average 900 of these SUVs a month, making the Fortuner the best seller in its segment. Now, the model has been refreshed, with the addition of a special edition ushering in the changes.

What’s new?

There is a redesigned front end with new headlights with black-out detail as well as teardrop-shaped chromed bezels around the front fog lights. The outer mirrors are now chromed, while the rear receives new tail lamps with black-out detail to match those fitted to the front end.

These changes come as a result of customer feedback and demand coupled with the need for the Fortuner to remain within market requirements. You’ll be hard pressed to spot the differences but as the old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke...”

Epic design

The limited edition “Epic” model will be applied to 50 percent of the Fortuner models produced over a two-month period, meaning numbers are truly limited while this special kit is only available on the 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 derivatives.

Up front, the Epic gets a chromed nudge bar with unique “Epic” branding. From the side profile you’ll notice dark grey 17-inch alloy wheels. There’s also a tow bar as well as a rear sill protector as standard on this model

4x4 thrills

The 4x4 version is what we had the opportunity to sample at the launch. Unlike its Hilux cousin, the Fortuner features full-time 4WD as well as low range and Torsen Limited Slip Centre Differential (LSD) with lock.

The 4x2 versions are not exactly slouches off-road with a rear differential lock. Both Fortuner variants feature a double wishbone, high-mount set-up up front and a four-link, lateral control rod rear suspension system.

This is a very capable vehicle as I discovered on the launch, it tackled technical 4x4 obstacles quite easily. It has the tools for the job too with an approach angle of 30 degrees, a departure angle of 25 degrees, ground clearance of 220mm and a wading depth of 700mm.

Pricing:

Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4x2 Epic  R461 800
Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4x2 auto Epic R474 700
Fortuner 4.0 V6 4x2 auto Epic R493 100
Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4x4 Epic  R513 400
Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4x4 auto Epic R526 500
Fortuner 4.0 V6 4x4 auto Epic R544 500

 

Article written by Sean Nurse
26.11.2014
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