Toyota Bahrain unveiled the all-new Toyota Fortuner on Saturday March 12th, 2016 at the Toyota showroom in Sitra, with the attendance of Ebrahim K. Kanoo’s top management and Toyota officials. The new Fortuner is a second generation model which builds on its heritage of being a durable sport utility vehicle (SUV) with impressive off-road capabilities.
Sharing Toyota’s development philosophy for the vehicle, the Fortuner’s Executive Chief Engineer, Hiroki Nakajima, explained: “Our development concept was to build a true SUV that has style and confidence. The all-new Fortuner is the outcome of our continuous efforts to redefine toughness while offering our customers powerful vehicles with drastically improved off-road capabilities. To ensure peace of mind for our customers, we developed a new stronger frame which enables the vehicle to withstand rough road conditions, in addition to an improved four-link suspension system for a more comfortable drive. The new engine offers high torque at lower RPMs. Furthermore, the design concept is rough but cool, with three bold, iconic lines. On top of all of this, the all-new Fortuner offers premium utility and safety features.”
According to Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation, “The all-new Fortuner is a completely redesigned SUV that enhances driving confidence on every level while setting a new standard for SUVs all around the world. The result of this is a comprehensive revamp, creating a unique SUV that’s every bit as comfortable on the school run as it is on the region’s toughest off-road trails. We sincerely appreciate the support of all our customers and we look forward to delighting them with this latest model.”
Toyota has created a new “Solid Fluidity” design language for the Fortuner which expresses toughness and wideness through the high body axis, the bulging wheel arch flares as well as the chunky trapezoidal front bumper.
The large, slanted upper grille is framed by thick chrome plating that extends around the sleek, aggressive headlamps, while the prominent trapezoidal front bumper creates a sense of depth. Sophistication and refinement on the other hand is reflected in the detailing – slender headlight clusters that are fused with the front fenders, the three lines that score the sculpted roof line and flanks, as well as the sleek rear combination lamps and license plate garnish that blend with the complex surfaces of the rear body.
There are 8 exterior colours. Phantom Brown is newly developed to offer appeal to the new Fortuner, with highlights that glimmer in the light. Luxury is expressed in two shades of brown. One offers richness and depth, while the other glimmers with high material quality regardless of being in the city or off-road.
The Fortuner’s ample cabin space is complemented by superb convenience features, culminating in a sublime driving experience. The interior exhibits the toughness of an SUV, tempered with the elegance of a premium sedan. The interior has stylish white ambient lighting which is easy on the eyes and is used throughout the interior of the vehicle, creating a warm atmosphere that passengers can enjoy. The air conditioner not only maintains a comfortable cabin temperature, but it can also be used to warm or chill drinks.
Other innovative touches (model dependent) include a 7-inch tablet-inspired multimedia touchscreen display that allows easy operation of both the audio and navigation systems, a Smart Entry & Start system, an electronic 4WD switch and second-row seats with one-touch operation for ease of folding. In terms of seats, two sophisticated colours, Brown and Chamois, further enhance the sense of material quality available for the luxurious genuine leather seats.
With a full-colour display, the Rear View Monitor System ensures peace of mind when reverse parking. Drag and flick operation is also supported. The AUX and USB ports have been positioned near the console tray. The Fortuner also has a 6 speaker specialised audio equalizer to achieve low-distortion playback at low range and a clear playback at middle to high range. The Fortuner has a 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) type Multi-information Display which is flanked by strips of blue ambient light on each side.
The vehicle is also equipped with a power tailgate that can be opened and closed electronically with a switch. With the memory function, users have the option of storing an automatic stop position for each time the tailgate opens.
Outstanding Driving Performance
The Fortuner is available with a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which produces 164hp and 25.0 Kg-m of torque and a 4.0-litre V6 engine, which churns out 235hp and 38.3 Kg-m of torque. The Fortuner offers a 6-speed automatic transmission which maximises engine potential and multi-stage gears optimised to improve drive force in the low-speed range.
The Fortuner’s suspension comfortably absorbs vibration to provide a ride that is expected from a luxury SUV. The suspension uses a double wishbone (front) and a four-link suspension (rear) combination that has been redesigned for optimised comfort. An additional rear stabiliser has been installed to aid on-the-road smoothness and stability. There is a Drive Mode Switch which offers a choice of ECO or POWER driving, while an easy-to-use 4WD Switch is also equipped. A dial type 4WD switch is equipped with a sleek design and is easier to operate compared to the previous lever type switch.
The steering wheel has a Tilt & Telescopic steering column and features a bold shape, a substantial pad and thick chrome ornamentation which combine in harmony with the instrument panel. A paddle shift allows gear changes without releasing the wheel for a sporty drive. The new Fortuner is fitted with newly developed 17-inch all-terrain tyres, which boast high running performance both on and off-road. Newly developed 18-inch highway-terrain tyres have also been designed for the road.
Advanced Safety Technology
The Fortuner is equipped with comprehensive safety systems to protect its occupants. These include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The Fortuner comes with the Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) for the front seats along with a knee airbag for the driver. In terms of seatbelts, a three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelt is equipped on all seats. A pretensioner and force limiter function are also provided for the front seat belts. A top tether anchor compatible with the Child Restraint System (CRS) is present for the second-row seat.
With the new Fortuner, Toyota has focused on creating a more distinctive, sleek and powerful design while improving performance and adding a wide variety of features to increase convenience, safety and ride comfort. For more information, visit the Toyota showroom in Sitra, call 17730730 or visit toyota.com.bh