Following the lead of the closely-related HiLux ute, Toyota has tweaked the specification of the Fortuner SUV to make it more appealing.
The tweaks made to the 2021 Toyota Fortuner range mirror those of the HiLux ute range. However, the running update sees the range-topping $62,945 (before on-road costs) Crusade garnered with even more safety features than its ute sibling.
Toyota’s Fortuner’s competition is tougher than ever thanks to the release of the all-new Isuzu MU-X with its bulging list of driver assistance systems.
For the Fortuner Crusade, Toyota has packed in extra goodies including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a panoramic terrain monitor. However, prices are up across the board and the Crusade’s $1,535 increase is the most significant in the Fortuner range.
Below the Crusade sits the $55,085 Fortuner GX which has also increase in price, though by only $735. For that extra skiing price, Toyota has bundled in dual-zone climate control and connected services.
Toyota’s connected service system allows the Fortuner to send an alert in the case of an emergency or when an airbag is deployed. Additionally, if the vehicle is stolen, the connected technology be used to track it down.
Toyota has made sure to add this feature to the base model Fortuner GX ($49,715 plus ORCs), reflecting the additional equipment is a $635 price bump.
Aside from those changes, the Fortuner lineup remains familiar. Up front is a 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine producing 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
Toyota has teamed the engine with a six-speed torque converter automatic as standard. Aiding the Fortuner’s off-road capabilities are a low-range transfer case and locking rear differential. The Fortuner’s maximum 3,100kg braked towing capacity remains unchanged.
The updated Toyota Fortuner range is available now from $49,715 plus on-roads.
Prices listed are before on-road costs.
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