Toyota may be able to boast that is has Australia’s best-selling large SUV with the Prado range, but the cheaper Fortuner model line has been unable to replicate that success as sales tumble compared to 2016.
In an attempt to stem the flow away pricing across the range has been slashed with discounts of at least $5000, while all model grades have had equipment levels boosted slightly.
The entry-level Fortuner GX now starts from $42,590 (plus on-road costs, six-speed manual) with new 17-inch alloy wheels in place of the previous steel wheels and rear park sensors join the standard equipment list. The new price is $5400 cheaper than before.
Carry-over standard features include cloth seat trim, a cooled glovebox, Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker audio, steering wheel audio controls, and projector headlamps.
The mid-grade Fortuner GXL has had a $5500 price-trim to start from $47,490 (plus on-roads) for the six-speed manual. The GXL adds satellite navigation, digital radio, and Toyota Link connectivity features via a 7.0-inch touchscreen.
The GXL also comes with keyless entry and start, roof rails, fog lamps, a colour instrument cluster display, rear privacy tint, and downhill assist control.
Adding a six-speed auto to either the GX or GXL costs $2000 and the GXL can be optioned with a premium interior including dark brown leather-appointed seat trim and electrically-adjustable front seats for another $2500.
The range-topping Fortuner Crusade is available as an automatic only starting from $56,990 (plus on-roads) or $5000 less than before. New features include heated front seats with power adjustment, LED fog lamps (replacing halogen fog lamps) and an 11-speaker JBL audio system.
A powered tailgate, bi-LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, climate control and leather trim (in fawn or brown) are also part of the Crusade’s equipment list.
Under the bonnet, all Fortuner variants continue with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine (shared with HiLux and Prado) producing 130kW of power and 450Nm of torque when paired with the six-speed automatic, or 420Nm for manual versions.
Official fuel consumption is listed at 7.8 l/100km for the manual and 8.6 l/100km for the automatic.
To the end of September 2017 the Toyota Fortuner has tallied just 1960 sales, a decline of over 40 percent compared to this time last year, putting it behind Toyota’s own Kluger (9136 sales) and Prado (12,071) while also trailing direct competitors including the Holden Trailblazer (2311), Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (5489) and Isuzu MU-X (5829), all of which have managed to grow sales year-on-year.
Fortuner GX manual - $42,590
Fortuner GX automatic - $44,590
Fortuner GXL manual - $47,490
Fortuner GXL automatic - $49,490
Fortuner Crusade automatic - $56,900
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