The Fortuner. South Africa’s fastest-selling, and most demanded SUV, with reason
Chapter 1: Let’s Recap First
Rewind to 2005. The introduction of the Fortuner to the South African market. Toyota SA releases an all-new contender, alongside a completely new Hilux. Their designs are light years ahead of previous Toyota SUV and bakkie models. Modern interiors, with dashboards and ergonomics that weren’t designed with a ruler or by Frankenstein himself.
But why did the Fortuner catch on so well with the South African market? By this time multiple players already had a capable SUV or two in their dealerships. So what was it about the Fortuner that drew the crowd by the masses? It’s simple, actually. Proven reliability.
You see, whilst the Fortuner may have been a new product, it was based off a vehicle that South African’s know as well as braai’s on a public holiday. Using a Hilux platform, sharing Hilux components, drivetrains and engine options, the recipe for the Fortuner could not have been made any simpler . Take a tried and tested product, extend its cabin, and add in an extra row of seats. In its first year of introduction to South Africa, the Fortuner had already begun its starlight status by hitting at the top 10 selling vehicles for the year.
Chapter 2: The Fortuner keeps breaking ground
Fast forward to the present and the Fortuner remains a best seller in the local SUV market. Now bigger, more capable and better equipped, the Fortuner proves itself a bargain alongside other offerings.
The previous model ran a lifespan of 12 years and then some. Over its period it received two facelifts, however with the same powerplants and slightly upgraded interior specifications. With the new Fortuner being launched in 2017, a drastic upgrade in terms of engine specifications, creature comforts and overall aesthetics developed into the perfect evolution of a proven name.
Chapter 3: The Package
With the model at hand being the range topping Fortuner 2.8GD6 variant, bar the 4×4 drivetrain, it’s a difficult contender to pass by
The standard list of items make it well worth every cent, with features such as 7 seats and an interior lathered in leather, reverse camera, cruise control, satellite navigation, Toyota Touch Screen Infotainment System, Bluetooth/USB, and Multi Function Steering Wheel
Power is delivered by a 2.8l 4 cylinder Turbo Diesel with a healthy output of 130kW and a heaping 450Nm of torque, through a smooth 6 speed automatic box to the rear wheels. A pulling load of 750kg for non braked trailers and 2500kg braked trailer weight allows the Fortuner 2.8 GD6 to prove its capabilities even when carrying more than its own weight at its ankles
Rest assured as the list of safety features runs wide as well. Hill Assist and Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Control, Brake Assist, ABS and Disc Brakes all round, as well as Traction Control and Electronic Brake Distribution allow you to exploit all sorts of terrain without any worry. Roadholding is brought to you by a set of elegant 18 inch alloy wheels which blend its tough character, and beautiful looks.
Final Chapter: Rest Easy
Maintenance and warranty fall short of nothing either. You’re covered for 90,000km with 6 services, and a complete 3 Year, 100,000km Warranty.
With proven reliability, all the technological amenities, immense support for new and aftermarket parts, dedicated off-road communities and a satisfied client base, the Fortuner has outdone itself as a successor to its previous generation.
The Fortuner 2.8GD6 4X2 Auto Fierce Edition is an exclusive offer from Durban South Toyota. Packed with all you could desire, as well as extra add ons such as Nudge Bar, Tow Bar and Bumper Protector at no added cost. With a discount of R70,000, the Fortuner 2.8 GD6 is the one you shouldn’t miss. Valid until 30th March 2020
For more information on the Fortuner 2.8GD6 Fierce Edition, feel free to call us up on 031 949 6500, or whatsapp us on 083 5786 900.
Here’s a gallery of some of the other amazing features of the New Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD6 Fierce Edition