Toyota Fortuner is a midsize SUV built on the Hilux pickup truck platform and is manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota. Launched in December 2004, the first-generation Toyota Fortuner came in 4 engine options - 2 petrol and 2 diesel. It also offered the options of RWD or 4WD configuration, with 5-speed manual transmission and a 4 or 5-speed automatic transmission.
It received its first facelift in 2008 with more features like projector headlamps and grille, new rear lights, Bluetooth connectivity, etc. The second facelift arrived in 2011 with features like a new fender, hood, grille, headlamps, tail lamps, bumper and fog light housing.
The first generation was launched in Pakistan in February 2013 and was initially offered in two trims, Fortuner 2.7 VVT-i and TRD Sportivo, all with the 2.7-litre 2TR-FE engine.
The second-generation Toyota Fortuner was launched in 2015. It sported a new ‘keen look’ design language distinct from the Hilux. It was jam-packed with modern features such as ABS, EBD, dual airbags plus knee airbags, follow me home light function, all-around sensor, glove box with chiller function, digital automatic climate control, all auto power windows along with tilt and telescopic steering wheel as standard.
The second-generation Fortuner Facelift was launched on 27 September 2016 with a petrol variant. In late 2017, Toyota Indus introduced the Sigma 4 variant of the Fortuner, powered by the 2.8 liter diesel engine. It added more features over the petrol variant, such as power back door, rear disc brakes, etc. In January 2020, Toyota Indus also launched the G trim as the base petrol model of the Fortuner.
Currently, Pakistan has three variants of Fortuner - Fortuner 2.8 SIgma 4, Fortuner 2.7 V, and Fortuner 2.7 G.
Toyota Fortuner 2023 Exterior
The Toyota Fortuner has a fierce design with a dominant pontoon-shaped bumper accompanied by an enlarged grille. The distinctive headlights are coupled with the sharply designed daytime running lights (DRLs). The turn signal/position lamp has been separated from the headlamp and is accompanied by fog lamps.
The side mirrors are color-coded, auto-folding, electrically operated and house side indicators. The rear of the car has a purposeful spoiler with a high mount stop lamp. The Sigma 4 and 2.7 V variants have LED type rear lamps, while the G trim has standard rear lamps.
Toyota Fortuner 2023 Interior
The leather-wrapped interior of the Toyota Fortuner 2023 is luxurious and beyond comfortable. The interior of the Fortuner Sigma 4 and Fortuner V has a chamois and black combination, while the G trim comes with a full black interior. The high resolution 4.2-inch TFT display provides the driver with vehicle information such as digital speed display, the chosen driving mode (ECO or sport), status of tailgate, wheel alignment indication, external temperature reading and other trip related details.
The new Fortuner 2023 comes with push button start/stop technology and supports smart entry with a smart key that also has a panic button. Illuminated entry is a standard feature in all the trims of Forthuner. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has the feature of tilt and telescopic adjustment. The hydraulic power steering comes with fingertips controls for accessing audio, calls, VR and MID premium.
The center fascia houses a 8.95-inch capacitive display that supports ApplePlay and Android Auto. The infotainment system provides access to bluetooth, screen mirroring, voice recognition, USB, mic, and Wifi ready. 6 speakers provide a good audio experience in the car.
Toyota Fortuner is also packed with safety features such as vehicle stability control with Hill start assist control and traction system control in the G trim while the Sigma 4 and V trim have additional features of active traction control, downhill assist control and limited-slip differential system. All the trims have drive start control, tyre-turning angle information, emergency brake signal, light reminder,shift-lock system, anti-theft system, and anti-lock braking system. The Sigma 4 trim exclusively has engine oil leveling warning as well.
Front dual airbags and knee airbags are also available for the front passengers.
Toyota Fortuner Engine
In Pakistan, the Toyota Fortuner comes with two engine options. The 2.7 Liter DOHC 16 Valve Chain Drive with Dual VVTi Engine(Petrol) is 2694cc. It generates a maximum power of 122/5200 kW/rpm at a torque of 245/4000 Nm/rpm.
The other engine is a 2.8 Liter DOHC 16 Valve Engine with Intercooler (Diesel) of 2755cc. It generates a maximum power of 150/3000-3400 kW/rpm at a torque of 500/1600-2800 Nm/rpm.
Toyota Fortuner 2023 Mileage
With a fuel tank capacity of 80 liters, the Toyota Fortuner 2023 has a mileage of 9 km/l in the city and 11 km/l on the highway.
Fortuner Ride & Handling
The Fortuner provides a luxurious experience on both short and long rides. The car is also great for off-roading especially due to its 4x4 system which is capable of driving smoothly even on slippery terrains. The car also has enough ground clearance and power-to-weight ratio for off-road adventures.
Due to its Active traction control system, the car is able to put out maximum torque with a strong grip. On the downside, the Fortuner does not have a good ride quality. It fails to absorb shocks effectively and driving over potholes makes the experience jerky and uncomfortable.
Toyota Fortuner Maintenance
Like the other Toyota vehicles, Fortuner 2023 is also not so high maintenance. The company provides a minimum of 3 year warranty and Fortuner’s auto parts are also easily available making its maintenance more convenient.
Fortuner 2023 Specs
2.7 Liter DOHC 16 Valve Chain Drive with Dual VVTi Engine(Petrol)
2.8 Liter DOHC 16 Valve Engine with Intercooler(Diesel)
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
There is no direct competitor of the vehicle in Pakistan, as in this particular price range, there is no brand new SUV being offered. However, one can say that Toyota Prado in used conditions is a competitor of Fortuner.