UPDATE 4: Now, they have revealed the full specs (2/29).
UPDATE 3: Toyota Motor Philippines launches it to the media (1/14).
UPDATE 2: More information about the suspension, more interior pictures (7/17).
UPDATE 1: Now includes the Thai-market specs (7/16).
Toyota Motor Corporation held simultaneous launches of its much-awaited, all-new 2016 Fortuner in both Thailand and Australia just a couple of hours ago. Sales in those markets start as early as October of this year with the Philippines slated for a February 2016 launch (as indicated by Toyota sources).
The Fortuner has continued to be a very strong seller for Toyota even it traces its roots way back in 2006. However, the Japanese brand isn’t taking any chances and has put a whole new set of engines under the Fortuner’s hood. This is led by a new 1GD 2.8-liter diesel engine with 177 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 1,600 to 2,400 rpm. This torque figure goes down to 420 Nm at 1,400 to 2,600 rpm when paired with the manual gearbox. This engine is joined by a smaller diesel engine, a 2.4-liter 2GD with 150 horsepower and 343 Nm of torque. The 2.7-liter VVT-i engine will still be offered and
All engines come with a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox, although the 4WD model only comes with an automatic gearbox. The 6-speed automatic even comes with a paddle shift.
Designed all new from the ground up, the 2016 Fortuner features a heavily revised chassis with a Double Wishbone / Four-Link coil spring suspension (Update: apparently, Australian models have a Five-Link coil spring suspension) that promises a much plusher ride without compromising on loading and payload performance. In fact, Toyota says it can still tow some 3,000 kilograms (2,800 for the automatic). It also receives the added security of four-wheel disc brakes as well (at least for Australia, Thailand models continue with rear drum brakes). Ride height varies per market with Australia actually receiving a 225-mm ground clearance.
For the 4WD variant, the Fortuner removes the full-time 4WD in favor of a part-time unit. It now has a mechanical rear differential lock along with Toyota’s A-TRAC or Active Traction Control System that allows the driver of either taking electronic assistance or engaging the diff lock himself.
Outside, the all-new Fortuner features a sleeker appearance that’s pretty removed from the Hilux on which it’s based on. In terms of dimensions, it measures up at 4,795x1,855x1,835 (LxWxH, in millimeters). Some models receive such spiffy exterior details like LED daytime running lights, bi-LED headlights and tail lights, a powered tailgate, and a shark’s fin antenna. All Fortuner models ride on standard 17-inch alloy wheels with higher variants going up to 18-inches (Thailand has all models running on 18-inch wheels).
Inside, the Fortuner is now more luxurious than ever before with a long list of comfort and safety features. Like its exterior, the interior is also far removed from the Hilux and features leather stitching on the dashboard, available brown leather seats, and matte wood paneling. It now gets a proximity key entry system with push button engine start/stop, up to 7 airbags, a climate control with rear air conditioning, a multi-information display nestled in the gauge cluster, a new touchscreen infotainment system, anti-lock brakes with EBD and brake assist, traction control and stability control, hill start assist, and a reverse camera system. All in all, Toyota believes the all-new Fortuner will achieve top safety ratings (Five-Star ASEAN NCAP).
Coinciding with the launch, Toyota has announced that it’s starting to develop a wide range of genuine accessories for the Fortuner including bullbars that are compatible with the car’s safety systems.