Sunday, February 14, 2016
Toyota Motor Philippines Reveals More Fortuner Tidbits
Toyota Motor Philippines gave a sneak peek of its all-new 2016 Fortuner at its annual media thanksgiving party last January. And now, they’ve revealed even more tidbits including one, interestingly enough, that has to do where the Philippines will source Toyota’s PPV or Pickup-based Passenger Vehicle.
The third of the IMV or Innovative Multipurpose Vehicle range, the Fortuner was first launched in the Philippine market in 2005. It soon became one of the country’s most sought-after vehicles and has been a strong seller for Toyota.
Having such a legacy on its shoulders, the all-new Fortuner remains an important vehicle for Toyota Motor Philippines. With retail sales starting by the middle of March, TMP set a lofty target of moving some 2,000 units of the Fortuner on a monthly basis. To accomplish this, the all-new model must have a sleek and eye-catching design that emphasizes stylishness and presence. According to chief designer Hiroki Nakajima, the main challenge is to make a modern SUV without the outdated boxiness of the previous model.
The all-new Fortuner is longer and wider than the outgoing model and features bi-beam LED headlights with daytime running lights on higher trim models. It’s set apart by the three “iconic” lines found on the side as well as available 18-inch alloy wheels. At the back, it also has LED tail lamps as well as a shark fin type antenna.
Inside, the Fortuner has a Hazel Brown interior for all V grade models and lighter Chamois colored interior for the G grades. It boasts of increased headroom for the front passengers as well as a more spacious second and third row. Though the third row seats still fold sideways, it’s easier to flip up thanks to a spring-loaded mechanism as well as hooks located within reach of the luggage compartment (aft of the D-pillar, actually). The interior has 12 cup holders.
In terms of performance, the all-new Fortuner features Toyota’s next-generation D-4D and VVT-i equipped engines. The 2.8-liter engine in the 2.8 V 4x4 has 174 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,600 to 2,400 rpm while the 2.4-liter engine in the V 4x2 and G Diesel variants have 147 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,400 rpm. The 2.7-liter G variant boasts 163 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 245 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm thanks to Dual VVT-i.
The 2.8-liter V Diesel 4x4 boasts of a part-time four-wheel drive system (eliminating the outgoing model’s full-time system), Active Traction Control, and Hill Start Assist. It also has Vehicle Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control. Seven airbags are also standard on the V 4x4.
The most interesting part of the all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner is where the Philippines will source its units. While the outgoing model was imported as a CBU from Thailand, the all-new model is a CBU from, surprisingly, Toyota’s Indonesia assembly plant.
Whether or not this move will have any discernable effect on build quality remains to be seen. Whatever the case, this is one move that everyone didn’t see coming.