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April 20, 2024

Toyota Gives Fortuner 48V Hybrid Tech

After plopping in an electrified powertrain underneath the Hilux (where it’s either known as the Hilux Hybrid 48V or the Hilux V-Active), Toyota has finally done the same to its SUV stablemate: the Fortuner.

Just launched in South Africa, the Fortuner 48V takes the tried-and-tested 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV and pairs it with a compact motor generator and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery. Overall outputs remain the same at 204 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 500 Nm from 1,600 rpm to 2,800 rpm, however the electric motor generates 16 horsepower (12 kW) of power and 65 Nm of torque enhancing acceleration, power, and efficiency.

The additional power of the hybrid 48V system delivers better throttle response and linear acceleration, particularly from a standstill, while regenerative braking creates a more effective and natural deceleration feel.

An enhanced stop-start system allows the engine to remain off for longer periods which, coupled with the benefits of the hybrid 48V system, improves fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent compared to the conventional non-electrified diesel powertrain.

As well as those efficiency benefits, the improved stop-start system delivers a more comfortable drive in traffic, thanks to quicker throttle response from standstill and a quieter engine restart, achieved because the motor generator is constantly connected to the engine and, unlike conventional systems, does not use the starter motor. That also enables the engine to restart at a higher speed.

In terms of features and looks, the Fortuner 48V looks pretty much like the standard Fortuner LTD save for a small additional badge at the back denoting it as a hybrid.

With South Africa now getting the electrified Fortuner, it will only be a matter of time before it makes its way elsewhere. It will likely hit markets such as Australia first before making its way to countries in ASEAN.


  1. Just the same with the Hilux, with a different body.

  2. Not in the Philippines? Foton already have diesel hybrid here. Baic also have diesel hybrids. Play catching up japanese dirty old machines.

  3. The Japs trying to squeeze life on an old vehicle. Full Model Change should happen every 5 to 6 years and not on the Japs preferred cycle of 10-12 years.

    1. Well, it works for them. Full model change 5-6 years not feasible as it will substantially increased the prices ofvehicles due to factory refitting of both car makers and its suppliers. They have been in car business for a decades, so it safe to assumed that they knew better.

  4. Toyota will probably charge P300k more. And you will lower fuel consumption by 0.5km/L equivalent to savings of P7k/yr. It's impossible to break even during the typical vehicle life.

  5. And despite of everything said against toyota, they will have a wait list while others will have to eat what's left.


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