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The Toyota Fortuner range has been updated this week, with prices slashed by at least $5000 despite the additional of new equipment across all variants.

Kicking off the range is the GX, which has seen a price reduction of $5400, bringing the price of entry down to $42,590 before on-road costs for the six-speed manual.

Despite the cut, the base model gets 17-inch alloy wheels (as shown below) in place of the previous model’s steelies. Rear parking sensors have also been added, complementing the already-included rear-view camera.


Note: GXL pictured with ‘premium interior’ option ($2500)

Other standard features for the GX include fabric trim, projector headlights, LED tail-lights, bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, three 12V outlets, a multi-function steering wheel, and an air-conditioned cool box.

Stepping up to the GXL will now set you back $47,490 plus ORCs – around $500 cheaper than the original price of the GX, representing a $5500 saving.

New features for the mid-tier Fortuner include satellite navigation, Toyota Link app compatibility and digital radio. This extra equipment is on top of the GXL’s existing keyless entry and start, fog-lights, privacy glass and hill descent control.

Finally, sitting atop the range is the Crusade (above), which gets a price reduction of $5000 – now asking for $56,990 before on-roads.

Compared to last year’s model, the flagship model adds an 11-speaker JBL audio system, heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats, and LED fog-lights. The Crusade is also now an automatic-only proposition.

Other equipment highlights include a leather-accented interior in ‘fawn’ or dark brown, power tailgate, climate control, bi-LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels including a full-size spare, and a 220V socket.

The Fortuner remains motivated by the 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel shared with the HiLux ute. Power and torque outputs are 130kW and 450Nm respectively (420Nm for the manual), with fuel use rated at 7.8L/100km with the six-speed manual and 8.6L/100km when fitted with the six-speed auto.

Meanwhile, maximum towing capacity is also unchanged at 3000kg for the manual and 2800kg for the automatic.

Toyota says the Fortuner “is the turbo-diesel alternative to the similar-size petrol-only Kluger and offers an affordable choice for those who aspire to own a LandCruiser“.

It’s been a slow sales year so far for the Fortuner, which shifted just 190 units in September, and is sitting at 1960 sold year-to-date (YTD) – down 19.8 and 40.4 per cent for the same periods in 2016 respectively.

By comparison, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport managed 735 sales last month and 4415 YTD, while the Isuzu MU-X is the ute-based SUV sales leader so far in 2017 at 712/5829 units (Sep/YTD).

2018 Toyota Fortuner pricing

GX (man/auto) – $42,590/$44,590 (-$5400)
GXL (man/auto) – $47,590/$49,490 (-$5500)
Crusade (auto) – $56,990 (-$5000)

Options

Premium paint (all grades) – $550
Premium interior (GXL) –  $2500

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