Toyota Fortuner: Even More at Home… On or Off Aussie Roads

August 13, 2020

New Toyota Fortuner (overseas pre-production model shown)


**Stronger performance with improved fuel economy**
**Increased towing capacity, revised styling and new features**
**On sale from 27 August**

Toyota has expanded the appeal of its seven-seat Fortuner SUV with more power and torque, better fuel consumption, increased braked towing capacity, higher equipment levels, easier parking and a freshened design.

Fortuner’s latest engineering advances benefit from similar updates that have also been applied to the HiLux.

Announcing the details of the 2020 facelift, Toyota Australia Vice President Sean Hanley said the company’s commitment to making ever-better cars had made Fortuner even more at home, on or off road.

“Fortuner is something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing: it has the space, comfort and convenience of a premium SUV while its rugged underpinnings make it an enthusiastic off-road explorer ready for any adventure,” Mr Hanley said.

“Our continual improvement of vehicles ensures Fortuner will thrive in Australia’s harsh environments as a diesel alternative to Kluger and an affordable choice for those who aspire to own a LandCruiser.”

Despite the significant technical and equipment upgrades, Fortuner’s recommended retail price continues to start under the $50,000 threshold, at $49,0801. The new range arrives in local showrooms from 27 August.

An upgraded engine delivers an extra 20kW of power and 50Nm of torque from Fortuner’s 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, lifting maximum outputs to 150kW and 500Nm.

The performance jump comes from a larger new water-cooled heavy-duty ball-bearing turbocharger with a newly developed variable nozzle vane mechanism, as well as measures to increase engine rigidity, cooling and efficiency.

Yet the substantially higher outputs, applied to the road through a six-speed automatic transmission, do not come at the expense of economy with fuel use cut by 11.6 per cent on the official combined cycle2.

Consumption at just 7.6 litres/100km2 provides a theoretical range of more than 1,000km from the 80-litre fuel tank. The improvement is even better on the urban cycle at 9.1 litres/100km2, a reduction of 17.3 per cent.

Combining the beefier yet more frugal engine with Fortuner’s rugged frame, all-coil suspension and strong upper body has enabled maximum braked towing capacity to be expanded by 300kg to 3100kg3.

Handling has also benefited from a new variable-flow power-steering pump that offers more assistance at parking speeds while delivering a more direct feel at highway speeds. A rear differential lock continues to enhance off-road performance.

Expanded safety features include the addition of front parking sensors that, along with the existing rear sensors, warn the driver of nearby objects.

Advanced Toyota Safety Sense technologies include a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian (day and night) and cyclist (daytime) detection4, lane-departure alert with steering assist4, and high-speed active cruise control4.

All three Fortuner equipment grades – GX, GXL and Crusade – benefit from exterior styling changes, including a revised front end that centres on a larger black grille. A restyled lower front bumper has been divided to produce a “skid-plate” underrun for a tougher, more integrated look. Slimmer Bi-LED headlamps also contribute to the “meaner” look while the Crusade benefits from high-grade headlights and a stylish new taillight design. GX and GXL retain their 17-inch alloy wheel while Crusade receives a newly designed 18-inch alloy with a flanged-spoke design.

Inside, GX and GXL interiors have changed to a dark-grey fabric while the leather-accented Crusade interior is available in either black or fawn.

Instrument dials have a new font and a satin finish to the outer rings while the 4.2-inch multi-information display now provides front-tyre angle and DPF status.

New range-wide features include an 8-inch (+1 inch) multimedia screen operated by buttons rather than by touch. The system now incorporates access to Apple CarPlay®5, Android Auto™6 and the myToyota app as well as enhanced voice activation.

Other standard equipment includes an air-conditioned cool box, audio and phone controls mounted on the steering wheel, soft-touch instrument panel, 60/40 tumble-and-slide second-row seat, tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and six-way driver and four-way front-passenger seat adjustments.

GX can be specified with satellite navigation7 and DAB digital radio8 for $1,0001. These features are standard on GXL, which also gains automatic climate-control air-conditioning. Other standard GXL equipment includes keyless smart entry and start, roof rails, fog lamps (now LED), privacy glass and downhill assist control.

A $2,5001 option pack for GXL includes leather-accented seats and eight-way power adjustable front seats – both of which are standard on Crusade. The top-of-the range model now has an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror and darker woodgrain-look trim on the centre console, in addition to its other luxury fittings that include a power tailgate and an 11-speaker premium JBL®9 sound system.

GX: $49,080
GXL: $54,350
Crusade: $61,410
GX option pack: $1,000
GXL option pack: $2,500
Premium paint: $600


1 Manufacturer’s recommended retail prices provided for media purposes only. Statutory charges or other on-road costs not included.
2 Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR81/02 combined (litres/100km) for auto models..
3 Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
4Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner’s Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
5 CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user’s cost. Apps subject to change. For details see
6 Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google LLC. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user’s cost. Apps subject to change. For details see
7 Coverage varies based on vehicle location.
8 Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
9 Product & company names are trademarks of their respective owners.




Length 4795mm
Width 1855mm
Height 1790 (GX); 1835mm (GXL, Crusade – roof rails)
Wheelbase 2745mm
Front track 1540mm
Rear track 1555mm
Front overhang 990mm
Rear overhang 1040mm
Kerb weight 2130kg (GX), 2125kg (GXL), 2155kg (Crusade)
GVM 2800kg
GCM 5550kg
Approach angle 29 degrees
Departure angle 25 degrees
Ramp-over angle 23.5 degrees
Running clearance 216mm
Wading depth 00mm
Towing unbraked# 750kg
Towing braked# 3100kg
Fuel tank 80 litres


Brakes (front) 338mm ventilated disc with opposed-piston callipers
Brakes (rear) 312mm ventilated disc with floating callipers
Front suspension Double wishbone with stabiliser bar
Rear suspension Five-link with two shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
Steering gear Rack and pinion
Power steering Hydraulic
– Turns, lock to lock 3.3
Minimum turning circle 11.6 metres (tyre)
Wheels and tyres 17″ alloy with 265/65R17 all-terrain tyres (GX, GXL)
18″ alloy with 265/60R18 highway tyres (Crusade)

ENGINE: 1GD-FTV turbo-diesel

Cylinders 4-cyl, in-line
Valve mechanism 16V DOHC chain drive
Charging system Variable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler
Bore x stroke 92.0mm x 103.6mm
Displacement 2755cm3
Compression ratio 15.6:1
Fuel system High-pressure common-rail direct injection
Maximum power 150kW @ 3400rpm
Maximum torque 500Nm @ 1600-2800rpm


Gear ratios AC60F electronically controlled automatic
1st 3.600
2nd 2.090
3rd 1.488
4th 1.000
5th 0.687
6th 0.580
Reverse 3.732
Final Drive 3.909

FUEL ECONOMY* (litres/100km)

Combined 7.6
Urban 9.1
Extra urban 6.8
Emissions: grams/km 201
Emission rating Euro 5


Hip point (from ground) 858mm
Seat slide (front) 240mm
Seat-height adjust (front) 65mm
Steering tilt adjustment 20mm
Shoulder room width 1433mm (front), 1414mm (2nd row)
Height (floor to headliner) 1155mm
Couple distance 899mm (1st-2nd rows)
Effective headroom 964mm (front), 933mm (2nd row)
Effective legroom 950mm (2nd row), 854mm (3rd row)
Knee room 651mm (2nd row), 512mm (3rd row)


#Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
^Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02 combined cycle.