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    Toyota reveals HiLux-based Fortuner SUV

    http://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/t...16-gidoxl.html

    This will make it interesting in the market place....depending on the price of this.

    Toyota reveals HiLux-based Fortuner SUV


    New model combines diesel power, four-wheel-drive and seats for seven.
    July 16 2015 - 2:35PM

    David McCowen

    Toyota has confirmed that its HiLux-based Fortuner SUV will arrive in October.

    The four-wheel-drive wagon shares hardware with the new Toyota HiLux ute, and will be fitted as standard with a diesel engine, four-wheel-drive and seven seats.

    Tony Cramb, executive director of sales and marketing for Toyota Australia, says the Fortuner is "a vehicle that is equally at home on the school run as it is in the toughest conditions in Australia".



    "It is incredibly tough. It has the underpinnings of the unbreakable HiLux... yet its styling is sleek and advanced," he says.

    "It offers a refined, car-like drive and the opportunity for adventures on the weekend."

    Toyota says the model will fill a hole in its line-up for a diesel wagon sitting between the RAV4 and LandCruiser Prado machines, while giving an alternative to the larger and more road-biased petrol-only Kluger SUV.



    Like its HiLux cousin, the Fortuner has a rugged body-on-frame design powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine linked to a part-time four-wheel-drive system.

    The main mechanical difference between the two is that the wagon uses a five-link coil spring suspension setup in place of the pick-up's leaf spring arrangement.

    Toyota says the Fortuner has a 3000-kilogram towing capacity in six-speed manual form, with a 300 kilogram town-ball rating that should cope with heavy-duty towing. Six-speed automatic models are set to offer a 2.8 tonne towing peak.

    Australian engineers had a strong role developing the machine, which has 225 millimetres of ground clearance 25 millimetres more than the Kluger along with steep approach and departure angles and a mechanical rear differential lock that should come in handy when the going gets rough.

    Toyota will offer the machine in three model grades dubbed GX, GXL and Crusade.

    All models will be fitted as standard with seven airbags including curtain coverage for all three rows, as well as front and rear air conditioning, a touch screen stereo and disc brakes with stability control.



    Mid-range models will add parking sensors, smart keys and hill descent assistance, along with all-terrain tyres shared with the entry-level model.

    The top-end Crusade is loaded extras such as LED headlamps, a powered tailgate and 18-inch wheels with highway-based tyres.

    The wagon will be built in Thailand, where it will take advantage of low labour costs and a car-friendly free trade agreement.

    It enters a growing segment that has received plenty of attention lately, with Ford on the cusp of launching its own ute-based SUV in the upcoming Everest and Isuzu's relatively new MU-X kicking goals alongside its cousin in Holden's Colorado 7.

    Mitsubishi has also hinted at a next-generation Challenger that will add a dash of refinement to its ageing SUV.

    Toyota says the Fortuner will be priced between the RAV4 and Prado, and that it does not need to modify its range to accommodate the new SUV. Full pricing and specifications - as well as details surrounding its interior - will be revealed closer to the model's local launch.

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    how many SUV's do they need
    Kluga
    Prado
    Cruiser
    and now this
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    how many SUV's do they need
    Rav4
    Kluga
    Prado
    LC
    and now this

    So they cover every level.
    This is their volume ball game - damn boring, some really fugly but damn they are good at it.
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    This will be like when we have questions similar to: "I've been looking at the Isuzu D-Max, can you match pricing with a Ranger?"

    Total different thing, it isn't comparable with Everest, it is with Prado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TS50 View Post
    how many SUV's do they need
    Kluga
    Prado
    Cruiser
    and now this
    You forgot RAV4 and FJ. This SUV market is going gangbusters so I suspect they like many others are making hay while the sun is shining......
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    how many SUV's do they need

    Rav4 -
    Kluga -
    Prado -
    FJ
    LC


    Flappist, yep I forgot to add in FJ.
    Pacific, can you list next to the above toy SUV's the Ford equiv's from a dealers perspective please ?
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    Rav4 - Kuga
    Kluga - Territory
    Prado - Everest
    FJ - NA
    LC- NA

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    Quote Originally Posted by flappist View Post
    You forgot RAV4 and FJ. This SUV market is going gangbusters so I suspect they like many others are making hay while the sun is shining......
    The car makers believe that the SUV market will make up 50% of purchases. So This is why they're pumping out so many different variants.

    Look at Nissans range. They have many SUV's....all let down by one thing or another.

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    Thank you Toyota.



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    I'd remove that in 3 seconds. Thought the 3rd row in the Terri and Everest were shit.

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