Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Toyota Motor Philippines launches all-new Toyota Fortuner, with delivery of units starting in March

Toyota Motor Philippines is starting 2016 with a bang by launching the all-new Toyota Fortuner.

The launch of the all-new, second-generation Toyota Fortuner comes 10 years after the nameplate was first introduced to the local market; that's twice the lifespan of most car models which is why the midsize SUV's replacement was highly anticipated.

That 10-year gap is evident in the styling of the all-new model since it's not as stodgy-looking as its predecessor as it adopts the "Keen Look" design concept. This gives the all-new Fortuner a more upscale design that's similar to that of the current Toyota Corolla, like the slim headlights (LEDs in the V variants, halogens in the Gs) with LED daytime running lights that blend neatly with the chrome grille. The Fortuner is also significantly longer than its predecessor--a difference of nearly four inches--which is emphasized by the lightning bolt shaped-like kink on the rear doors, while the blacked-out exterior D-pillars add a sense of gravitas to the vehicle's side profile. The added length also improves the vehicle's cargo-carrying capacity even with the third-row jump seats deployed. A welcome feature for the V variants is the automatic tailgate which can be opened and closed with a simple push of a button.


Inside, Toyota finally outgrows its love for wood paneling and beige interiors. Instead, the all-new Fortuner's cabin gets a lot of black leather, from the seats to the dashboard and door panels. That's right, there's no fake stitching in this SUV. As a matter of fact, if the Japanese carmaker added more cowhide skin in the cabin, you might even mistake the Fortuner for a Land Cruiser Prado.

The all-new Fortuner is available with three powertrain options. The 2.7-liter gasoline engine that powers a G variant with the six-speed automatic transmission produces 163hp and 245Nm. A 2.4-liter diesel mill propels three variants--the G six-speed manual and automatic models and the 4x2 V--with 147hp and 400Nm under the hood, while the range-topping 2.7-liter diesel V, the sole variant available with the 4x4 drivetrain, produces 174hp and 450Nm.

Prices of the all-new Toyota Fortuner starts at P1.386 million for the 2.4-liter G with manual transmission to P2.126 million for the 2.8-liter 4x4 V variant. The White Pearl color option for both V variants will cost buyers an additional P15,000. TMP's local dealerships are currently accepting reservations for the all-new Fortuner with delivery of the units starting in March.

Fortuner4x42.8 V Dsl AT (White Pearl)P2.141 million
2.8 V Dsl ATP2.126 million
4x22.4 V DSl AT (White Pearl)P1.751 million
2.4 V Dsl ATP1.736 million
2.4 G Dsl ATP1.476 million
2.7 G Gas ATP1.392 million
2.4 G Dsl MTP1.386 million

Of the seven available variants, we believe the 2.4-liter diesel V 4x2 variant with automatic transmission provides the most value for your money, specifically because it has all the features of the top-spec'd 2.8 V minus the higher displacement engine and the four-wheel drivetrain. That's a price difference of nearly P400,000. Throw in around P70,000 more and you can buy the base variant of the Toyota Wigo!

Photos taken with Starmobile Muse

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