If you’ve ever wondered why the Fortuner and Hilux sell so well, it’s because they offer incredible value, and that value has just been given a little boost.
Words by Stephen Smith
With regards to the Fortuner, the biggest news is the addition of a new model to the lineup – a 2.4 GD-6 4×4 model with a six-speed automatic gearbox and full ‘shift-on-the-fly’ 4×4 system, including low range. This particular model is probably the best value of the range at R506 000, with a great 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 110kW and 400Nm and uses just 8.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
Toyota South Africa is in the fortunate position of being able to respond fairly quickly to consumer feedback. In this case, consumers asked for better safety features in the entry-level Fortuner models, and Toyota has responded with the 2.4 GD-6 and 2.7 models getting the addition of side and curtain airbags (over and above the dual front airbags and driver knee airbag).
The 2.8 GD-6 and 4.0 V6 models get a few comfort upgrades: LED foglamps, electric tailgate and 220V power socket.
The Hilux has also been given new automatic versions in all the single cab, extended cab and double cab ranges. The new double cab model is the 2.4 GD-6 4×4 SRX 6AT (R495 700), while the new Xtra cabs are a 2.8 GD-6 Raider option available in both 4×2 and 4×4. The single cab range gains automatic versions of the 2.4 GD-6 4×4 SRX and 2.8 GD-6 (4×2 or 4×4) Raider.
There are a few enhancements across the range as well. Single cab SRX, Xtra-Cab SRX and single cab Raider models receive a substantial upgrade in active safety with the inclusion of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) also incorporating Hill Assist Control (HAC) and Trailer Sway Control (TSC).
Newly added fog lamps enhance nighttime visibility on all SRX variants (single cab, Xtra-cab & DC).
The rest of the flagship Raider models are now fitted with stylish dual tri-spoke 18” alloy-wheels with 265-60-R18 all-terrain tyres.
In addition, new LED headlamps have been added to Raider models, along with daytime running lights. Finally, as with the Fortuner, a 220V power outlet has been added to double cab Raider models.