Your car is an extension of home for your family — a place where we revisit our days, eat on-the-go meals, travel the local park or the majestic Malaysian outback to spend quality time together. What better way to do it than with the new Fortuner?
Toyota was the first to introduce vehicles of this class to Malaysia with the first-generation Toyota Fortuner. The rugged SUV was well received by Malaysians and Toyota went on to sell them for years, and later released limited-run TRD trims. Naturally, the second-generation Toyota Fortuner was released. And here are a few reasons why Fortuner 4×4 is the best SUV for family who wants to do it all.
The front-end design is up there with the latest in SUV design with a commanding grille and chrome running off to accent the around projector headlamps. A protruding front bumper with dipped foglamps helps to accentuate the vehicle’s width.
Combination lamps give a glossy appearance out back, and a squared-off rear end to fit in, heeding back to the days when the boxy Land Cruiser was the headline. A range of accessories was added to the Fortuner, including air bag compatible bull bars and a new tow bar as well as a load distribution hitch.
There is seating for up to seven in three rows padded in leather, while the character of the cabin is clad with soft-touch materials around the dashboard, door trims and windscreen pillars.
You get climate control air-conditioning, storage space with cup and bottle holders, trays, compartments, pockets and consoles. The air-conditioned compartment above the glovebox is used to cool or warm items with the capacity for two 600 ml bottles. Bag hooks are attached to the front seat backs.
As you know, all Fortuners have seven-inch touch-screen display audio systems complete with six speakers, auxiliary/USB port, AM/FM radio as well as a CD player. The screen displays the reversing camera image and gives access to Toyota Link, allowing access to Pandora internet radio and help find a gas station, a destination, current weather and other types of assistance.
Other features include voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel audio and telephone controls, and auto-power door locks, windows and mirrors.
Engine/Transmissions and driving
Maximum power from the 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine is 130kW and peak torque is 450Nm for the automatic. Braked towing capacity is 2800kg. According to the maker, Fortuner uses just 7.8L/100km for the manual and 8.6L/100km the auto.
The Fortuner is a heavy vehicle, so it will be a pleasant surprise for you to find how manoeuvrable it was even in street traffic or while parking in tight spots. The fuel consumption, at 6L/100km on the motorway and in town, likewise is fantastic.
The Fortuner is delightfully designed for the maximum five-star safety rating as all its variants are armed with stability and dynamic traction control, seven airbags, trailer sway control, reversing camera, hill-start assists control as well as rake-and-reach tunings for the steering column. It also offers three top-tether anchors and two ISOFIX child-seat mounts. Also, if you ever experienced difficulties when driving and towing a heavy load, you can start using weight distribution hitch equipment.
Off-road, the Fortuner is as capable as before despite having its predecessor’s low-ratio transfer case not present in this model, as the upgraded heavy-duty ladder-frame chassis and the rear differential lock are there to save the day be it mud, rock, and everything in between – plus the safety features are unmatched. This is a great reason why Fortuner 4×4 is the best SUV for family – particularly those who love the wild.