Based on well established platform of Toyota Hilux, Toyota Fortuner is a medium-sized SUV revealed for the first time in 2005. It is also referred to as Toyota SW4. Initially, Toyota Fortuner was only assembled in Thailand, but over time, it has now been assembled in Indonesia along with many other countries. The initial design of the Fortuner was designed by Thai and Japanese engineers. All the three, the Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Hilux and Kijang Innova are the part of Toyota’s IMV project in Thailand. This three row seater is offered as rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Depending on the country of sale, number of engines may vary. In general, it is offered with a 2.7-L 2TR-FE and 4.0-L 1GR-FE V6 petrol with Variable Valve Timing and 2.5 2KD-FTV and 3.0 1KD-FTV common rail variable geometry turbocharger Diesel models.
Rear-wheel drive diesel and gasoline version receives two trim levels including G and G Luxury, while four-wheel drive diesel and gasoline versions receive a V trim level.
The four-wheel drive gasoline model was discontinued by Toyota Thai in 2007 and two-wheel drive gasoline version took its place.
Interestingly, Fortuner is not offered for sale in Japan, Europe, North America and China. In Japan and North America, the Hilux Surf and the 4Runner serve the purpose of medium-sized pickup based SUV respectively.
The Toyota Fortuner has a huge market base and is offered for sale in several countries.
In Argentina, it is marketed under the name of Toyota SW4.
In Colombia, the Fortuner was revealed in 2005, followed by its sales in 2007.
In Ecuador, the Fortuner is imported from Thailand and Venzuela since 2007. The 4×4 and 4×2 models are offered with 4.0-L V6 engine.
After it was first exhibited in 2005, it was formally introduced in South Africa in 2006 with a range of different models.
In 2009, the Fortuner was introduced in Pakistan.
In India, the Fortuner was introduced in 2009. The Indian models are assembled at the Bidadi, Karnataka plant.
Only one version of Fortuner model is marketed in India that is, the 3000 cc Common Rail Turbo Diesel engine. Leather upholstery and climatronic are available as standard.
In Indonesia, the Fortuner was launched at the Jakarta International Motor Show in 2005. In the beginning, the two trim levels were offered such as 2.7G offered with rear-wheel drive models and 2.7V offered with all-wheel drive luxury model. 2.7G version featured a 4-speed automatic transmission and the 2.7V also comes with automatic transmission. Later, the 2.5G diesel engine was added to the lineup paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.
2.5G and 2.7V trim levels are offered in Malaysia, where 2.5G comes with DOHC Turbo diesel engine mated to 5-speed manual transmission and 2.7V has a 4-cylinder, inline 16-valve, DOHC VVT-i petrol engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Three different variants are offered in Philippines including 2.7G, 2.5G and 3.0V diesel. The 2.7G is powered by a 2.7-L 2TR-FE engine equipped with VVT-i technology. The 2.5G receives 2.5-L 2KD-FTV engine with common rail diesel (D-4D) technology. The 3.0V gets 1KD-FTV engine with D-4D technology.
In 2005, Fortuner was launched in Singapore. It immediately became popular among the SUV consumers. The only issue it has is of its height, 1.85 meters that often creates parking problems.
In Middle East, Fortuner is offered with two engine variants: the 2.7-L and the 4.0-L.
In August 2008, the company launched the facelift model of Fortuner as 2009 model year. This all-wheel drive model offers new projector headlamps and grille, new rear lights, Bluetooth Connectivity, new light sand interior, electronic adjustable driver seat in 4x4V trim, rear cool air conditioning from ceiling. Some models also feature Electronic Brake Force Distribution, with Brake Assist replacing LSPV.