Following numerous fully revealing spy images, the next generation Fortuner is finally here and it’s based on the latest Toyota HiLux. The new model is 4797 mm long, 185mm wide and 1835 mm tall, with a 2745 mm wheelbase and with a standard four-wheel drive system as you would expect to find on a proper off-roader.
For the moment we only have the technical specifications of the Australian version which is powered by a newly developed 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with direct injection. It develops 174 bhp at 3,400 rpm and 420 Nm of torque available in the 1,600 to 2,400 rpm range. It works with a brand new six-speed manual gearbox or with a new six-speed automatic in which case the torque stands at 450 Nm and is offered between 1,400 rpm and 2,600 rpm.
As far as the maximum towing capacity is concerned, Toyota says the manual version is rated at 3,000 kg whereas the automatic model can tow up to 2,800 kg and will benefit from trailer sway control system. The 2015 Fortruner benefits from a double wishbone front suspension combined with a five-link rear setup with coil springs unlike the HiLux which has a leaf-spring rear suspension.
Standard equipment includes a mechanical rear differential lock and the company’s proprietary A-TRAC active traction control system while seven airbags, reversing camera, hill start assist and emergency stop signal system are also included. The top-of-the-range Fortuner (AU-spec) will come with plenty of additional kit such as bi-LED headlights & daytime running lights, powered tailgate, LED taillights and 18-inch alloy wheels with highway tires. It will also pack rear parking sensors, keyless entry & start, downhill assist system and roof rails.
We will have to wait a little bit more for full details regarding the Indian version but it should be very close to the Australian model unveiled today.