Not to be outdone by the increasingly demanding industry standards, Toyota Australia has updated the Fortuner range for 2020 and brought in autonomous emergency braking (AEB) for all variants.
The updated model, spanning from the GX, GXL, to the top Crusade, all now come with Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes pre-collision safety via a forward-facing camera and radar. These can detect pedestrians in day or night, and cyclists during the day.
Lane-departure warning is also part of the package, warning the driver via audible alerts and steering wheel vibrations if the sensors detect the vehicle deviating from the lane. The system can also provide steering assistance through braking.
As part of the technology, high-speed active cruise control is also paired in, along with road sign recognition. If the speed sign recognition detects a new speed limit during cruise control, the driver can alter the preset speed via controls on the steering wheel.
In other areas, the 2020 Fortuner GX now comes with a 4.2-inch digital screen for the instrument cluster. This was previously reserved for the GXL and Crusade only. All models also come with an air-conditioned cool box, Bluetooth connectivity, while the GXL gets keyless entry and start, privacy windows, and downhill assist control.
At the top of the range, the Crusade is equipped with a leather-accent upholstery, power tailgate, bi-LED headlights, climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a power driver’s seat, among other goodies.
Power continues to come from the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine as before, producing 130kW and 450Nm. It offers an official fuel consumption average of 8.6L/100km when matched to the six-speed automatic.
Due to the increases in technology and features, there are some minor price jumps. However, Toyota says the increases are only between 2.3 and 3.0 per cent compared with the outgoing model. See below for the new starting prices (excluding on-road costs):
2020 Toyota Fortuner GX: $45,965
2020 Toyota Fortuner GXL: $50,790
2020 Toyota Fortuner Crusade: $58,290