Prices slashed, added kit for seven-seat off-roader
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.
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.
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)
Premium paint (all grades) - $550
Premium interior (GXL) - $2500