Redesigned Toyota Fortuner Ready to Rock
The name “Toyota Fortuner” might not be one our American-based audience might recognize, but in Toyota’s overseas markets, the seven-seater SUV is a huge hit. Just last week, the second-generation Fortuner made its world premiere at events in Sydney, Australia; and Bangkok, Thailand. And it looks good.
The Fortuner is based on the Hilux truck—another nameplate that eludes us in the US (although one that’s probably a little more recognizable, thanks to Top Gear). It’s a true SUV that’s designed to take you on off-road adventures, as well as to and from work, school, or wherever it is you travel on a regular basis. The redesigned Fortuner will be powered by Toyota’s newly developed direct-injection turbo-diesel engine. That means it’ll have top-notch fuel efficiency, performance, and noise reduction for the smoothest ride yet.
The Fortuner’s exterior style features a slanted upper grille, sleek headlights, and a trapezoidal front bumper. A blacked-out C-pillar creates the illusion of wraparound windows, which makes the roof stand out. The design should keep current Fortuner fans happy while attracting the attention of a new generation of drivers to whom style is as important as performance.
The Fortuner has been in production since 2005, with a primarily Asian market. Since its initial release, the Fortuner has tapped into markets in the Middle East, and will enter the Australian market with this new generation. The Fortuner will go on sale in Australia in late October, while Thai sales began last week.