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2015 Toyota Fortuner Press Kit



Toyota's new seven-seat Fortuner delivers SUV style and comfort with genuine off-road performance at value pricing from under $50,000* for the majority of buyers.

Fortuner has a strong Australian DNA with its unique body, wiring and key underpinnings having been designed or extensively developed and evaluated by local engineers.

The rugged frame, high-torque engine, all-coil suspension and strong upper body have been proven in Australia under the world's toughest conditions - on tarmac and off the beaten track.

In addition to its prodigious off-road ability, Fortuner delivers the compliant ride, interior space, convenient features and premium quality expected in a modern SUV.

Toyota's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said Fortuner is the largest single development program ever undertaken by the company's local engineers.

"If Fortuner could speak, it would have a strong Aussie accent as the most Australian car Toyota has ever imported to this country," Mr Cramb said.

"Fortuner is the turbo-diesel alternative to the similar-size petrol-only Kluger and offers an affordable choice for those who aspire to own a LandCruiser," he said.

"Fortuner is a chameleon, transforming seamlessly from a prestigious urban transporter to the most rugged of off-road explorers, ideal for any adventure. It's a Tardis too - spacious on the inside yet easy to manoeuvre through city traffic."

Fortuner becomes Toyota's seventh SUV, joining RAV4, Kluger, FJ Cruiser and the LandCruiser trio of Prado, 70 Series and 200 Series wagons.

Buyers are offered three grades - GX, GXL and Crusade - all powered by a high-torque 2.8-litre four-cylinder common-rail direct-injection turbo-diesel engine with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Maximum power is 130kW and peak torque is 450Nm for the automatic and 420Nm for the manual. Braked towing capacity is 3,000kg for the manual and 2,800kg# for the auto.

Fortuner uses just 7.8 litres/100km^ for the manual, providing a theoretical range of more than 1,000km from the 80-litre fuel tank. Fuel consumption with the auto is 8.6 litres/100km^.

The GX grade, which is expected to account for just over half of Fortuner's sales, has a starting price of $47,990* for the manual and just $2,000 more for the auto - both below the $50,000 threshold.

Fortuner's impressive list of standard features includes air-conditioning, rear differential lock, touch-screen audio display with Toyota Link** connected mobility, cruise control, side steps and 17-inch steel wheels with all-terrain tyres.

Toyota expects the maximum five-star safety rating as all variants are equipped with stability and active traction control, seven airbags, reversing camera, trailer sway control, hill-start assist control and rake-and-reach adjustments for the steering column. It includes three top-tether anchors and two ISOFIX child-seat mounts.

Mr Cramb said Fortuner's high level of standard features and value pricing would enable it to compete for the first time in a section of the market attracting around 1,400 diesel sales a month.

"Toyota expects to carve a solid chunk in that market, especially as the starting prices for several key competitors are well north of $50,000," he said.

Fortuner's seven seats are arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. The 60/40 split-fold second-row seat has a one-touch slide and tumble feature while the 50/50 third-row seats are stowable.

Cargo capacity ranges from 200 litres to 1,080 litres when packed to the top of the seat backs.

Standard equipment also includes durable fabric seat-coverings with contrast stitching, projector-style headlamps, LED tail-lamps, an air-conditioned cool box, Bluetooth®## connectivity, six speakers, three 12V accessory sockets, audio and phone controls mounted on the steering wheel, eco and power drive modes and a multi-information display (MID) in the instrument cluster.

Mid-range GXL gains alloy wheels, keyless smart entry and start, roof rails, reverse parking sensors, fog lamps, colour MID, privacy glass and downhill assist control. Manual versions have Toyota's innovative "intelligent" system that matches engine revolutions to transmission speed for smooth shifting. Auto variants have paddle shifters. Prices start at $52,990*.

Top-of-the range Crusade expands the luxury with a leather-accented interior (available in fawn or dark brown), satellite navigation^^, power tailgate, climate-control air-conditioning, bi-LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels (including the spare), 220V socket and a power-operated driver's seat. It is priced from $59,990*.

A comprehensive range of Toyota Genuine accessories is available including airbag-compatible bull bars and newly developed towbar and load distribution hitch.

Development of accessories was undertaken in parallel with the vehicle and tested rigorously under local conditions - a level of integration unmatched by the aftermarket.

*Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
#Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
^Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02 combined cycle.
**Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Further information is provided at
##The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
^^Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

For more information, please contact:
Stephen Coughlan
Product Public Relations Manager
Tel: (02) 9710-3059
Mob: (0434) 442 261

Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064

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Prices (RRP)*:
GX               $47,990
GXL             $52,990
Crusade        $59,990

Automatic              $2,000
Premium paint        $550


  • Six: GX, GXL, Crusade grades, (each with manual and automatic)


  • 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV turbo-diesel

    • 130kW and 450Nm (auto), 420Nm (man)

    • Low-friction timing chain (life of vehicle service)

    • Small-capacity, fast response turbo-charger

    • Diesel particulate filter with automated regeneration

    • Euro 5 compliant


  • Six-speed manual (intelligent manual with GXL, Crusade)

  • Six-speed super electronically controlled automatic

    • Blipping downshift in sequential mode

    • Lightweight transmission oil cooler

  • Power and eco drive modes

Strong frame and body:

  • Reinforced cross members and side rails for high torsional rigidity

  • Maximum 590MPa high-tensile steel for rigid body

  • Wide use of galvanised steel

  • Wide use of anti-corrosive wax and chip-resistant coating

  • Local engineers involved in body development, wiring harness


  • All coils - front: double wishbone, rear: five-link

  • Stabiliser bars front and rear

  • Large-diameter shock absorbers

  • Developed and tested in Australia

Strong off-road ability:

  • Rear differential lock

  • Approach angle 30 degrees

  • Departure angle 25 degrees

  • Ramp-over angle 23.5 degrees

  • Ground clearance 225mm

  • Wading depth 700mm

  • Electronic transfer case dial

  • A-TRC (active traction control)

  • Locally developed underbody protection

Maximum braked towing capacity: 3,000kg (man), 2,800kg (auto)#

Steering: road-speed sensitive

Disc brakes: ventilated front and rear

Wheels and tyres:

  • 17-inch steel wheel and all-terrain tyre (GX)

  • 17-inch alloy wheel and all-terrain tyre (GXL)

  • 18-inch alloy wheel and highway tyre (Crusade)

Dedicated fuse box for accessories: bank of 10

Many locally developed accessories:

  • Airbag-compatible bull bars

  • Details - see media release

Exterior colours: seven

Interior colours:

  • Dark brown fabric (GX, GXL)

  • Dark brown or fawn leather accented (Crusade)

Key standard features
Air-conditioning with rear vents
Cruise control
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

*Price listed is manufacturer's list price and is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
#Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
^Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Further information is provided at
**The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
##Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
^^Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.

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Toyota's new Fortuner SUV is the largest single-model development ever undertaken by the company's Australian technical centre.

Local engineers based in Melbourne and on long-term assignment in Japan had full global responsibility for the design engineering of the unique upper body and wiring harness for the Fortuner that will be sold around the world.

Toyota's local engineers also carried out extensive chassis development and evaluation, including validation of the frame, engine, underbody protection and Fortuner's unique all-coil suspension.

While Australia took the lead role for the new SUV, the project brought together Australian engineers with those from Thailand, South Africa, India, Taiwan, Indonesia and Argentina.

Max Gillard, president of Toyota's Australian technical centre, said the Fortuner program is a great demonstration of the global strength of Toyota's engineering resources.

"Fortuner is the biggest multinational development program ever undertaken by Toyota Motor Corporation - and the largest single-model project our Australian team has ever managed," Mr Gillard said.

"From its upper body to the wiring harness to the chassis, underbody protection and overall platform validation - Fortuner is packed with Aussie ingenuity and know-how," he said.

"It's a great Australian success story."

Fortuner's unique body extends rearward from the centre pillars and includes the roof and the entire side pressing, including the windscreen pillars and door sills.

While the front structure is shared with HiLux, the only common exterior panels are the front-door skins, bonnet and windscreen.

Mr Gillard said that in addition to the unique body shell, key upper-body and wiring responsibilities included the power tailgate on top-level Crusade, rear spoiler and bumper, LED tail-lights, rear door handle and window regulator, side steps, mudguards and the wheel-arch and beltline mouldings.

"The power tailgate has a memory function that allows owners to set the opening height," Mr Gillard said. "It also features touch sensors to prevent owners jamming their hands, an 'easy close' feature that automatically shuts the door when it engages the latch, and small new motors located within the door to save space.

"The rear spoiler is not just a styling feature; it contributes to aerodynamics, stability and ultimately fuel efficiency - as does the special gloss-black 'kick' on each side of the vehicle at the rear."

Mr Gillard said Fortuner's unique instrument panel and centre console are complicated components, especially for the wiring that connects dashboard switches and dials to systems throughout the car.

He said targets for the wiring-harness team included reducing size and weight, eliminating electrical resistance and noise, and achieving ever-stricter Toyota standards for durability.

Innovations included the development of small wire-to-wire connectors and the use of aluminium instead of copper wire in key areas.

"Using aluminium has enabled us to reduce the weight of the cabin wiring harness by 800 grams or around five per cent - a precious saving in engineering terms.

"It's an important part of a cumulative effort throughout the vehicle because every gram saved contributes to the overall fuel efficiency of the vehicle," Mr Gillard said.

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Toyota's new seven-seat Fortuner is set to reinforce the company's strength as the clear market leader in sales of sports-utility vehicles (SUVs).

Fortuner - officially classed as a large SUV - expands the company's range to seven SUVs, joining RAV4, Prado, Kluger, FJ Cruiser and LandCruiser 200 and 70 Series wagons.

So far this year, Toyota has lifted its SUV sales by 3.9 per cent to a total of 43,553 vehicles.

This is more than 13,300 ahead of the nearest rival - a margin of 44 per cent.

Industry-wide sales of SUVs are also growing strongly with Australians having bought more than 300,000 of the popular crossover vehicles so far this year.

It is the first time this number of SUVs has been sold before the end of September and puts the industry on track for a sixth consecutive year of record-breaking SUV sales.

The 2015 SUV tally of 302,218 vehicles represents an increase of 40,311 sales or 15.4 per cent.

SUVs now account for 35 per cent of all new-vehicle deliveries - the first time they have been responsible for more than one-third of the entire market at this stage of the year.

It was as recently as 2010 that SUV sales in Australia passed 200,000 in a year for just the first time.

The hottest growth area for SUV sales is the small sub-segment. It is the fastest-growing area of the entire new-vehicle market with sales up 30 per cent or almost 20,000 sales so far this year.

The medium SUV segment, which includes Toyota's RAV4, has also grown strongly with an increase of 14.9 per cent or 13,609 sales to a total of 105,029 vehicles.

As a result, it has overtaken sales of large SUVs - even though this latter category has also shown a healthy increase of 7.4 per cent to 103,854 vehicles.

Fortuner is the fourth Toyota in the large SUV segment where Toyota already has a market share of 26.2 per cent in the sub-$70,000 category in which it competes.

Prado is once again Australia's best-selling large SUV with 11,446 sales this year while Kluger has closed to within 1,000 units at 10,478 sales. The FJ Cruiser has contributed 1,121 sales.

In this sub-segment, Toyota has retailed 11,741 petrol vehicles so far this year - narrowly ahead of its 11,304 diesel-powered vehicles.

Kluger and FJ Cruiser are exclusively petrol while more than 98 per cent of Prado sales are diesel.

Fortuner, with an estimated 6,000 to be sold next year, is set to swing the balance decidedly in favour of diesel.

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The arrival of Toyota's new Fortuner SUV brings with it an extensive range of genuine accessories that enhance its convenience, storage capacity, comfort, off-road ability and style for even wider appeal with active 4WD owners.

A selected range of the Australian developed accessories will be exported to markets around the world, including Thailand, India, Argentina and Indonesia

Australian engineering and a long development phase has played an important role in Fortuner's accessory range, which has been designed to integrate perfectly with the vehicle's advanced safety systems and overall design.

Caravaners, boat owners and 4WD enthusiasts can capitalise on Fortuner's towing capacity of up to three tonnes on the manual* with the Toyota Genuine towbar and load distribution hitch.

Specifically engineered for Fortuner using 3D modelling, the towbar integrates with minimal interruption to the rear bumper design. It also benefits from six years of local development and testing to ensure it can perform in Australia's harsh conditions.

To enhance safety while towing, the Toyota Genuine load distribution hitch safely distributes the load over the vehicle and trailer to maintain balance and control. The towbar's operation is specifically designed to augment the standard equipment trailer sway control fitted to all Fortuners.

Additional storage flexibility can be added to Fortuner with Toyota Genuine roof racks, which have been thoroughly tested for safety and reliability.

Featuring patterned rubber strips to reduce drag and wind noise, they provide a perfect base for mounting the Toyota genuine bicycle carrier or the ski/snowboard carrier.

Toyota Genuine heavy duty side steps, designed to be even more rugged than the standard fitment side steps, provide a safe and stable platform while loading roof racks or entering the vehicle. They are made from check-plate steel for strength and durability.

Toyota Genuine bull bars, winch, snorkel and side rails enhance Fortuner's already strong off-road capabilities.

Genuine bull bars, available in high-tensile steel or aluminium alloy, have been extensively locally tested to ensure their construction provides strength and impact resistance while maintaining all important airflow to the engine.

Thorough crash testing of the genuine bull bars in Australian laboratories also confirms the correct deployment of airbags and operation of vehicle safety systems.

The bull bars are compatible with a range of Toyota Genuine fog and driving lamps to ensure optimal mounting and operation.

The snorkel provides optimal airflow to maintain engine performance and has been tested for impact resistance and long-term durability.

Toyota worked with the biggest name in winches to co-develop the Toyota-enhanced Warn Winch.

Toyota Genuine door handle paint protection film, bonnet protector and cargo mat help protect Fortuner from wear and tear.

Two choices of six-spoke 18-inch Toyota Genuine alloy wheels are available for added style while maintaining strength and durability. The Matt Black and Machined Grey wheels are the result of airflow form technology for compatibility with aerodynamic and brake cooling parameters of the Fortuner.

The Toyota genuine cargo barrier provides additional occupant safety when carrying items inside and has been tested to prove compatibility with Fortuner's curtain side airbags.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the Australian contribution to the development and testing of Fortuner's accessories confirms their suitability for other harsh environments.

"Fortuner is an exciting new model for Toyota, and our range of genuine accessories enhance its versatile nature to widen its appeal even further," Mr Cramb said.

"Australian engineering has played a vital role in their development, while offering reassurance that they are guaranteed to perform and work in conjunction with the car.

"Export opportunity for the accessory range is a bonus for the Australian economy and proof that our development and manufacturing are world-class," he said.

* Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.

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Toyota Fortuner's exterior was designed to project a fluid and dynamic character that would distinguish it from the five other SUVs in the Toyota range.

The large upper grille is slanted and framed by thick chrome plating that extends around the sleek and aggressive projector headlamps, including Bi-LED on Crusade.

The strong design features a prominent three-dimensional trapezoidal front bumper while deeply recessed fog lamps on selected grades emphasise the vehicle's width.

Along the side, a bold character line runs across the doors between the flared front and rear fenders which feature sculpted surfaces to express refinement in the midst of toughness.

Designers have also made a feature of the belt line, incorporating a distinctive "kick" up to the C-pillar.

From the back, Fortuner's rounded upper body is highlighted by a chrome-plated moulding that wraps around from the sides to the back glass.

The sleek rear combination lamps and licence-plate garnish blend with the complex surfaces of the rear body. All grades have LED stop lamps for a high-tech image.

All Fortuner models have projector-type headlamps, LED tail lamps and side steps. GXL and Crusade models have alloy wheels, fog lamps, roof rails and privacy glass.

Fortuner Crusade has LED headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.

A power tailgate in Crusade can be controlled from switches on the instrument panel, in the tailgate itself or from the smart key-fob. It has a memory function that allows owners to set the opening height, which is handy when parking under a low-hanging branch or in a garage with a low roof.

The maximum height is 191cm - which enables 90 per cent of Australian men to stand under it and ensures the incorporated switch is still within reach of 90 per cent of Australian women.

Convenient functions include a closing time under eight seconds, touch sensors to prevent owners jamming their hands and an "easy close" feature that automatically shuts the door when it engages the latch.

Space-saving linear actuators - employing a spindle arrangement with a high-speed motor and planetary gearbox that drives a power screw - are located inside the door at the hinges, replacing conventional gas dampers.

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The new Toyota Fortuner was designed with a bold yet elegant interior that features flowing surfaces and shapes with an emphasis on comfort and convenience.

Premium soft-touch materials are used in key contact areas around the dashboard, windscreen pillars and door trims.

In addition, the prominent centre console is flanked by vertical columns covered in soft-touch materials that also provide leg support for the driver and front passenger.

There is seating for seven people over three rows with sports front seats that are flared at the shoulders and fitted with firm bolsters for maximum support.

Fortuner's second-row seating is split 60/40 and features a slide function and reclinable backrests. Third-row seating is split 50:50 and also features a recline function.

Both rows can be stowed to provide additional luggage space - the second row seats can be tilted and tumbled forward individually while the two halves of the third row can be stowed to the side of the vehicle.

The seats in GX and GXL grades are covered in high-quality, durable brown fabric with contrasting stitching. Crusade offers the choice of either brown or fawn leather-accented coverings.

All Fortuner models have seven-inch touch-screen display audio systems with six speakers, auxiliary/USB** port, AM/FM radio and a CD player. The screen also displays the reversing camera image and provides access to Toyota Link* connected mobility.

Toyota Link can provide access to Pandora® internet radio and help find fuel, a destination, weather and other assistance. Top-of-the-range Crusade has DAB+ digital radio# and satellite navigation^, which expands the capability of the Toyota Link system.

Convenience features include Bluetooth®** connectivity, voice recognition, steering-wheel audio and telephone controls, and power door locks, windows and mirrors.

All Fortuner models have factory air-conditioning with separate air-flow controls for second-row passengers. Crusade is upgraded to a climate-control system.

Storage space is generous with a number of cup and bottle holders, compartments, trays, pockets and consoles. An air-conditioned compartment above the glovebox can be used to cool or warm items with the capacity for two 600ml bottles.

Convenient shopping-bag hooks are fitted to the front seatbacks.

GX has a dot-type multi-information display (MID) in the instrument cluster. GXL and Crusade feature a high-precision full-colour 4.2-inch MID with information including trip meters, vehicle checks and data to support economical driving. Steering-wheel controls operate the MID menu.

All models feature three 12-volt accessory sockets - under the centre cluster, in the rear of the centre console for second-row seat passengers and in the rear luggage area. Crusade also has a 100w/AC220-volt accessory socket in the centre console.

**Not all devices will be compatible. Functionality varies depending on device.
*Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Further information is provided at
#Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.
^Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
**The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.

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New Fortuner has a high-strength frame, rigid body, all-coil suspension and an Australian-developed chassis calibration.

The result is optimum durability, confident handling, excellent ride comfort and low levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Special attention was paid to maximising strength, torsional rigidity, protection against stone damage and corrosion protection, while meeting strict weight targets.

The new frame's side rails and cross-members are reinforced while the body uses high-strength steel (up to 590MPa) for excellent rigidity and crashworthiness while minimising weight.

The highly rigid chassis frame and body provide a stable platform for Fortuner's new suspension, contributing significantly to optimum steering response.

The new 4x4 turbo-diesel wagon has double-wishbone front suspension and five-link coil-spring rear suspension, both with stabiliser bars.

Local development and calibration by Toyota's local technical centre has optimised ride and handling, while increasing the vehicle's ability to tackle harsh conditions.

Fortuner's suspension hardware includes reinforced suspension towers and large-diameter dampers for durability, stability and effective control of small vibrations.

The large-diameter cylinders allow the dampers to generate high forces with a short stroke for minimal impact harshness.

The damper curves have been calibrated to deliver a flat ride at low damper velocities.

Ball-joint mounted stabiliser bars front and rear minimise uncontrolled body roll.

Fortuner's hydraulic power-assisted steering is road-speed sensitive.

The steering calibration was developed in Australia to suit local tastes and usage requirements, with minimal steering effort at low speeds to improve comfort and confidence-building steering feel at highway speeds.

Fortuner's steering has 3.3 turns lock to lock.

Fortuner is offered with three wheel designs - 17-inch steel on GX, 17-inch alloy on GXL and 18-inch alloy for Crusade.

GX and GXL have 17-inch all-terrain tyres, extensively tested in Australia to ensure an optimum balance of off-road capability and on-road ride, handling and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) performance.

Fortuner Crusade has an 18-inch tyre designed to balance customer requirements for handling, fuel economy and low NVH.

A comprehensive anti-corrosion strategy includes extensive use of galvanised steel for the majority of the vehicle's exterior panels and cabin.

Toyota also makes extensive use of undercoating, chip-resistant coatings and anti-corrosion wax.

A special under-body protection package was developed locally for Australia and other severe-use markets, including an engine undercover for increased levels of protection.

The undercover provides access for cleaning after off-road use and was designed to minimise the collection of mud under the engine, while deflecting rocks and other potential harmful objects from critical parts.

Body noise-suppression design measures include insulation of the engine bay to reduce noise transmission to the cabin, including inner and outer dash silencers.

Side door and glass seals are used to reduce wind and road noise.

Expansion foam is used throughout the body sections and seals to reduce noise.

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Toyota's new seven-seat Fortuner has a state-of-the-art turbo-diesel engine and the choice of two six-speed transmissions.

The new-generation 2.8-litre four-cylinder 1GD-FTV engine is designed for reliability, high torque and driveability, coupled with impressive fuel economy, smoothness and quietness.

Mated to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, the Euro 5-compliant common-rail turbo-diesel delivers up to 450Nm of torque.

Either transmission is available on each of the Fortuner grades. The manual gearbox on mid-level GXL and top-of-the-range Crusade incorporates Toyota's intelligent manual transmission (iMT) for smooth, safe driving.

In manual guise, Fortuner uses just 7.8 litres/100km* with CO2 emissions of 205 g/km while the automatic is 8.6 litres/100km and 228 g/km*.

All Fortuner models have an electronically controlled transfer case for "on-the-fly" changes from 4x2 to 4x4 high, using Toyota's unique disconnecting differential.

A standard rear differential lock and low-range gearing provide added tractability for rugged off-road terrain.

Engine detail
Fortuner's 2755cc turbo-diesel delivers 130kW of power at 3400rpm and 450Nm of torque from 1600-2400rpm with automatic transmission. Manual models have 420Nm of torque from 1400-2600rpm.

The high-pressure direct-injection 1GD-FTV has a 92.0mm bore and 103.6mm stroke. The compression ratio is 15.6:1.

The GD designation is "global diesel", a new engine series with a raft of features designed to enhance combustion efficiency, reduce weight and friction, and lower noise.

Newly developed injectors introduce super-fine fuel droplets into two separate intake ports per cylinder - a tangential port for high swirl flow and a helical port for high volume.

Engine service weight has been minimised by reducing the thickness of the entire cylinder head and adopting a resin head cover.

Friction-reduction measures include adopting roller rockers in the valve train, as well as a low-friction cam timing chain. This also saves on servicing costs, as it does not require regular replacement.

The design of the 1GD diesel engine includes a high-efficiency oil pump and reduced abrasion between sliding parts.

Noise-reduction measures include an oil-pan insulation cover and a resin engine cover.

The shapes of the inlet ports, exhaust-gas recirculation port and intake manifold have been designed to suppress intake variations in each cylinder.

New-generation transmissions
Fortuner offers the latest Toyota six-speed transmission technology for ease of driving, comfort and fuel economy.

Both transmissions, available on all grades, have a wide spread of ratios to optimise both take-off performance and fuel economy at highway speeds.

GXL and Crusade manual models receive Toyota's newly developed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) for smoother shifting on and off road.

The iMT electronics match engine revolutions to transmission revolutions for smoother shifts: especially useful when carrying heavy loads.

The AC60 automatic transmission has a suite of advanced electronic-control features.

Deceleration Downshift Control optimally times downshifts to suppress a decline in engine speed, thereby maximising fuel cut and improving fuel economy.

Accelerator Immediate Close Control helps maintain the current gear when the accelerator pedal is suddenly released, enhancing engine braking and responsiveness when accelerating again.

Accelerator Immediate Open Control immediately downshifts the transmission when the accelerator pedal is suddenly depressed, to enhance responsiveness.

High-speed Gear Effective Utilisation Control simultaneously boosts fuel economy and driving performance by determining the availability of the high-speed gears in real time, according to driving conditions.

It uses information on accelerator angle and engine load to select the appropriate gear.

Toyota designed the new-generation RC61 manual transmission to improve fuel economy and shift feel, while also optimising reliability and durability.

Fuel economy has been boosted by reducing torque loss, through optimal placement of the oil separator and improved materials for the moving parts.

Fifth and sixth gears are over-drive ratios, with a direct-drive fourth gear.

Shift feel has been optimised with a short gear-shift lever and careful attention given to the structure of the gears and bearings.

Optimal cooling
For reliability and durability, special attention was paid to engine and transmission cooling performance in hot conditions and when towing.

Engine heat dissipation performance benefits from a radiator core with specially designed fin shapes and coolant flow rate to improve cooling.

Fortuner automatic models have a lightweight aluminium multi-plate transmission-fluid cooler built into the engine-coolant radiator, which is particularly useful when towing.

Intercooler performance has been optimised by placing it in front of the radiator.

* Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02 combined cycle.

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The new Toyota Fortuner 4x4 turbo-diesel SUV has been developed to attract the maximum 5-star safety rating.

All models have a reversing camera and seven airbags, including driver's knee airbag, front-seat side airbags and side curtain-shield airbags.

Standard electronic safety features include vehicle stability control, active traction control, trailer sway control, hill-start assist control and anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.

Trailer sway control uses brake control and engine output control to suppress lateral trailer movement caused by factors such as cross winds or variable road surfaces.

Active traction control is designed to prevent the wheels from spinning on low-friction surfaces, such as mud and snow. It also provides high levels of control in off-road situations by distributing torque to the wheels that have traction.

Hill-start assist control* helps prevent the vehicle rolling backwards when taking off on an incline.

Downhill assist control* in GXL and Crusade provides braking in 4x4 high or low range to help maintain a constant speed when descending a steep hill, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering.

An electrically controlled rear differential lock is standard equipment.

The brake system features ventilated discs: 338mm at the front and 312mm at the rear. Under heavy braking, the hazard lamps will flash to provide an emergency signal to other road users.

The high-strength body creates a strong central safety cell. Pedestrian safety measures include impact-absorbing structures for the cowl, fender bracket, bonnet and front bumper.

Safety equipment in new Fortuner includes emergency locking retractor three-point seatbelts for all seats, with force-limiting seatbelt pretensioners for the front seatbelts. There are seatbelt reminders for front and second-row seats.

There are three top-tether child-seat anchorages and two ISOFIX points for child seats.

*Hill-start assist control and downhill assist control are driver assist technologies and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices.

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1790 (GX); 1835mm (GXL, Crusade - roof rails)



Front track


Rear track


Kerb weight





5745kg (man); 5545kg (auto)

Approach angle

30 degrees

Departure angle

25 degrees

Ramp-over angle

23.5 degrees

Ground clearance


Wading depth


Towing unbraked#


Towing braked#

3000kg (manual); 2800kg (auto)

Fuel tank

80 litres



Brakes (front)

338mm ventilated disc with opposed-piston callipers

Brakes (rear)

312mm ventilated disc with floating callipers

Front suspension

Double wishbone with stabiliser bar

Rear suspension

Five-link with two shock absorbers, stabiliser bar

Steering gear

Rack and pinion

Power steering


- Turns, lock to lock


Minimum turning circle

11.6 metres (tyre)

Wheels and tyres

265/65R17 steel (GX)


265/65R17 alloy (GXL)


265/60R18 alloy (Crusade)



Gear ratios

6MT (RC61)

6AT (AC60)






















Final Drive




ENGINE: 1GD-FTV turbo-diesel


4-cyl, in-line

Valve mechanism

16V DOHC chain drive

Charging system

Variable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler

Bore x stroke

92.0mm x 103.6mm



Compression ratio


Fuel system

Common-rail high-pressure direct injection

Maximum power

130kW @ 3400rpm

Maximum torque

450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm (6AT)
420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm (6MT)


FUEL ECONOMY* (litres/100km)









Extra urban



Emissions: grams/km



Emission rating

Euro 5



Hip point (from ground)


Seat slide (front)


Seat height adjust (fr)


Steering tilt adjustment


Shoulder room width

1433mm (front), 1414mm (2nd row)

Height (floor-headliner)


Couple distance

899mm (1st-2nd rows)

Effective headroom

964mm (front), 933mm (2nd row)

Effective legroom

950mm (2nd row), 854mm (3rd row)

Knee room

651mm (2nd row), 512mm (3rd row)


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