More and more people are seeing the value of driving an automatic. No more lumbering around, depressing the clutch and tiring yourself out before you even reach your destination. Tagging onto this momentum, Toyota has added an ‘entry-level’ auto to its ubiquitous Fortuner line-up. The new 2.5 D-4D auto slots in just above the 2.5 D-4D manual, which is the most affordable entry point for Fortuner ownership.
At the heart of the Fortuner 2.5 D-4D VNT Auto, lies a very sophisticated power plant that is able to deliver maximum performance from a frugal four-cylinder engine. Maximum power is an ample 106 kW and the torque figure is on par with the 3.0 D-4D, a meaty 343Nm. The four-speed auto is the same one used in the other diesel engine in the range, offering smooth power transfer from low down the rev range. Maximum torque is available from a very accessible 1600 rpm and peak power is reached at only 3400 rpm.
Fortuner has taken the local market by storm since its introduction in 2006, racking up sales to take top spot in the SUV segment. In fact it is the best-selling privately bought vehicle in the country according to NAAMSA statistics. It underwent a fairly radical cosmetic rework in 2011 that made it even more of a good-looking vehicle. However, great value-for money and legendary off-road ability remain the pillars of the Fortuner range. Add seven-seater versatility, a generous 80 litre fuel tank for when the journey ahead is long, and a five-year 90 000km service plan to the equation and you have an unbeatable, go-anywhere family package.
The addition of the automatic transmission is sure to make the 2.5 D-4D even more popular and give even more consumers the opportunity to enjoy the lifestyle that they’ve always wanted.
The new Fortuner 2.5 D-4D Raised Body Auto retails for R350 400 (incl. VAT).