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2021 Toyota Fortuner — Interior, Exterior and Drive / Best 7–Seater SUV

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2021 Toyota Fortuner — Interior, Exterior and Drive / Best 7–Seater SUV. The 2021 Toyota Fortuner has been revealed eith a fresh face, better economy, and increased performance.

But like the rest of the Toyota range, the updated Fortuner is also getting a price rise.

The entry-level Fortuner GX is now $49,080 plus on-road costs, whereas the outgoing Fortuner GX was $45,965 plus on-road costs. The range-topping Crusade is now $3120 more than before, while the mid-range GXL is $3560 more.

For the extra money, buyers will be getting an extra 20kW of power and 50Nm of torque over the last Fortuner, with the 2.8-litre turbo diesel producing a maximum of 150kW/450Nm.

Toyota says that extra performance is thanks to a new water-cooled, ball-bearing turbocharger, along with some additional engine developments.

An Aisin six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the part-time four-wheel-drive system, with low-range and a rear differential lock providing extra traction when off-road.

Despite the bump in power, fuel consumption has actually improved by 11.6 per cent on the combined economy figure, and a 17.3 per cent improvement on the official urban cycle.

Based on the official combined fuel consumption figure of 7.6-litres per 100 kilometres, the Fortuner can theoretically travel more than 1000km on a single 80L tank of diesel.

Suspension refinements have increased the Fortuner’s braked towing capacity by 300 kilograms to a maximum of 3100kg.

Toyota says the upgraded Fortuner is now easier to park thanks to a new steering system that increases the power assistance at low speeds, but reduces the level of assistance at highway speed – providing a more direct steering feel for drivers.

New front parking sensors now join rear parking sensors as standard equipment.

The Fortuner also benefits from Advanced Toyota Safety Sense tech, which includes pedestrians and cyclists detection (the latter in daylight only), pre-collision warning, lane alert with steering assist, and high-speed radar cruise control.

Fortuner GX and GXL models get bi-LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the flagship Crusade gets slightly different headlights, tail-lights, and 18-inch alloys. Premium paint can be optioned for an additional $600.

Inside, the new 8.0-inch infotainment screen with voice control has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Satellite navigation and digital radio are standard on the GXL and Crusade, but can be optioned on the GX for $1000.

The GXL also gets keyless entry and start, automatic climate control, LED fog lamps, privacy window tint, and downhill assist control.

Those who want to take their Fortuner off-road also get a 4.2-inch information display integrated into the instrument cluster, which can show the front tyre angle, helping in particularly muddy circumstances, as well as displaying the diesel particulate filter (DPF) status.

Fortuner GX and GXL models get a dark grey fabric interior, while the Crusade gets a black- or fawn-coloured leather-accented interior. All models come with seven seats.

A leather-accented interior can be optioned on the GXL for $2500, but misses out on the auto-dimming rear-view mirror, darker woodgrain trim, JBL sound system, and power tailgate – all of which come standard on the Crusade.

The 2021 Toyota Fortuner will be available in showrooms from 27 August 2020.

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