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2016 Toyota Fortuner 7-seat SUV on sale in Australia from $47,990

October 20, 2015

Toyota Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for the all-new Toyota Fortuner seven-seat SUV. It sits in the showroom as one of the most off-road-capable models.

2016 Toyota Fortuner-front

The Fortuner is based on the new HiLux ute, featuring a robust platform suitable for everything from heavy-duty off-roading to doing the family errands. Toyota says the vehicle has been designed and developed by local engineers for local conditions.

Starting with the powertrain options, the Fortuner comes with only one choice; a newly-developed 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder churning out 130kW of power and 450Nm of torque (420Nm for manual versions).

Performance figures haven’t been mentioned, however, fuel consumption is rated at 7.8L/100km for the manual and 8.6L/100km for the six-speed auto. All variants are Euro 5 emissions compliant.

Three main variant grades land in Australia, spanning from the GX, the GXL, and the top Crusade. All feature coil-spring suspension at all four corners, with a double wishbone setup at the front and a live-axle five-link rear end. A locking differential is standard, and all are four-wheel drive.

In terms of the off-road credentials, the Fortuner offers a 30-degree approach angle, 25-degree departure angle, and a 23.5-degree ramp-over angle. Ground clearance is rated at an impressive 279mm, which is more than you get in the LandCruiser. It also offers a water crossing depth of 700mm, with plenty of underbody protection.

Standard features, at minimum, include 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a rear-view camera, an 80-litre fuel tank, and a 7.0-inch touch-screen interface with a six-speaker stereo. The Crusade adds digital radio, sat-nav, power driver’s seat, 18-inch wheels, and a 220V/100W accessory socket.

2016 Toyota Fortuner-wheel lift

Despite offering a similar set of skills, the Prado will continue to be sold alongside the Fortuner. Toyota estimates around 6000 Fortuners to be sold next year, which would be overshadowed by the Prado which last year was sold to 16,112 buyers. See below for Fortuner variant prices and their respective key standard features.

Toyota Fortuner GX – AU$47,990
Toyota Fortuner GXL – AU$52,990
Toyota Fortuner Crusade – AU$59,990

Key standard features
Air-conditioning with rear vents
Cruise control
Alarm
Rear differential lock
Seven airbags
Reversing camera
Vehicle stability control
Active traction control
Trailer sway control
Hill-start assist control
Anti-skid brakes with BA and EBD
Seatbelt warning reminder (front and second-row seats)
Power windows and mirrors, central locking
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column adjustment
80-litre fuel tank
Headlamp levelling
7-inch display audio with Toyota Link
– Bluetooth, USB/AUX jack, AM/FM, CD
– Voice recognition, steering-wheel controls
– Six speakers
Auto on/off headlamps
LED tail lamps
Soft-touch instrument panel
Multi-Information Display
Emergency brake signal (hazard lights)
Air-conditioned cool box
Seven seats
– Sports front seats
– Second-row seats
• 60/40 split fold
• One-touch tumble/slide
– Third-row seats
• 50:50 split-fold
• Stowable (side)
Three top tether anchors and two ISOFIX points
3 x 12-volt accessory sockets
Eco and power drive modes
Eco meter and eco zone display
Side steps
Front and rear mudflaps
Intermittent time-adjustable wipers
Clean-air filter
Body colour retractable exterior mirrors
Floor carpet
Full-size spare wheel

GX-specific features

Urethane steering wheel and gear-shift knob
17-inch steel wheels (all-terrain tyres)
Projector halogen headlamps
Driver seat: six-way adjustable
Front passenger seat: four-way adjustable
Brown fabric seat trim
Dot-type MID
Body-coloured door handles
Chrome interior door handles
Power windows with driver auto up/down

GXL (in addition to GX)

17-inch alloy wheels (all-terrain tyres, steel spare)
Downhill Assist Control
Paddle shifters (auto)
Intelligent manual transmission
Rear parking sensors
4.2-inch colour MID
Keyless smart entry and start
Premium steering wheel and gear-shift knob
Privacy glass
Roof rails
Front fog lamps
Chrome exterior handles, grille, back-door garnish
Meter illumination control
Power windows – all auto up/down

Crusade (in addition to GXL)

18-inch alloy wheels (full-size alloy spare, highway tyres)
Auto air-conditioning
Satellite navigation
– Expanded Toyota Link
DAB+ digital radio
Driver’s seat: 8-way power-adjustable
Power back door
Projector LED headlamps
Auto headlamp levelling
LED daytime running lamps
Leather-accented seat and door trim
– Dark brown or fawn
Woodgrain-look highlights
220V/100W accessory socket
Soft-touch console box lid

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.