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by Brett Davis

The new, 2012 Toyota Fortuner has just debuted in Asia. The HiLux-based seven-seat SUV features the new front end of the facelifted Toyota HiLux, which is planned for an Australian debut in August.

From the front, the new Toyota Fortuner showcases the fresh three-tier chrome grille layout as well as a revised bumper bar design including new spotlights. There’s also new projector headlights with twin elements and a new bonnet and front guards.

The Toyota Fortuner also gets a newly designed rear end, wheels and a spruced up interior with higher quality materials compared with the previous model. A new instrument cluster and uprated equipment options also heighten the attractiveness. An automatic gearbox will be available for the first time.

Under the bonnet, the 2012 Toyota Fortuner will come with two diesel engine options and a petrol variant. Making up the entry-level model will be a 2.5-litre turbo diesel unit producing 107kW. Next in the range will be a 3.0-litre turbo diesel producing 122kW, and lastly a 2.7-litre petrol producing 119kW.

The previous model Toyota Fortuner reportedly didn’t sell too well in areas like Thailand, but Toyota hopes to turn it around with this more refined model. The option of the automatic transmission is said to be one of the main concerns for buyers in the market.

What do you think of the Fortuner? Do you think there is a market for it in Australia, or does Toyota already have the 4WD/SUV market covered with the RAV4, Kluger, HiLux, Prado, FJ Cruiser and LandCruiser?




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