2016 Toyota Fortuner Review: First drive
Fortuner launches Toyota in Thailand exclusively for Asia and Africa. As a rule, in the markets of Asian countries, Fortuner is positioned as the most affordable SUV with classic all-wheel drive without any claims for luxury. The car is designed on the basis of a pickup Toyota Hilux Vigo.
Appearance Fortuner fresh and truly dzhiperskaya. Short readiness of front and rear overhangs, high ground clearance and high profile tires clearly indicate the readiness of a 7-seater car to overcome off-road. Optics: large and plays, perhaps, a major role in the design of the body. Chrome is also used: on the door handles, side mirrors and a strip at the top of the grille. In general, the appearance of the car is fit and quite corresponds to the positioning of the Fortuner as a sporty and practical SUV for an active lifestyle.
The interior is spacious. Seat adjustments are mechanical, and the range of settings is quite wide. Sit comfortably. Visibility from the driver's seat is excellent. High landing allows you to see the road situation well, for several cars the edge of the hood is not hidden from view, which is convenient in the parking lot, and thanks to the large glass area (not tinted glass) and mirrors with a large working surface, it is convenient and safe to maneuver in reverse.
Plastic steering wheel, four-spoke, good profile and diameter. The dashboard consists of three deep wells, in which there are gray-black dials of devices. The middle well is edged with chrome. The largest, central dial - speedometer, graduated in kilometers. An electronic odometer display was placed in the central well.
The center console is made so that it seems suspended in the air. An electronic clock, a Toyota stereo with an MP3 player and an air conditioning control panel are located on the console. Just below are a 12-volt power outlet, cigarette lighter, ashtray and a pair of cup holders.
In the second row it will be comfortable even for three tall passengers, but on the condition that the driver and the front passenger will not move their seats back to the stop. The inclination of the separate seat back is regulated by a special lever in its end. In the third row of seats it will be more convenient not for two, but for one passenger, ideally, for a child. Nevertheless, for passengers, the gallery provided for its own, separate control of the air conditioner, holders and seat belts.
The trunk of the Toyota Fortuner is roomy and easily transformed. Its loading height is 700 mm. The third row of seats can be folded and raised vertically by placing the seats under the sides of the car. The back of the second row of seats is also easy to fold, and the seat itself tilts forward (position for the passage of passengers to the third row). The Toyota car tool and the warning triangle are included in the package. The hydraulic jack is located in the boot niche, on the left. A full-size 16-inch spare wheel is suspended under the body.
Do not pass the off-road Toyota Fortuner allow such technical features as a frame structure, permanent all-wheel drive TOP (Toyota Outstanding Performance), transfer case (demultiplicator), as well as locking center differential, responsible for the distribution of torque between the axles. In normal driving mode, the division of torque occurs in the ratio of 40% to the front axle, 60% - to the rear. When locking the center differential, such as off-road, this ratio reaches the distribution in the ratio of 50:50. Powerful versions of the Fortuner are additionally equipped with a mechanical locking rear cross-axle differential.
The safety of the car in emergency situations is designed to provide the ABS system (only on the 4.0-liter version), LSPV (Load Sensing Proportioning Valve) - a system that distributes the braking forces between the axles depending on the vehicle load, as well as a folding safety steering column and two front airbags (supplied already in the basic version).
The front of the Toyota Fortuner applied independent spring suspension on double wishbone with anti-roll bar. Rear mounted dependent spring five-link suspension with Panhard bollard. The car is built on a new Toyota platform, which in the future will serve as the basis for creating a whole range of off-road vehicles of this brand.
For Toyota Fortuner three engines are offered: 3.0-liter D4-D turbodiesel with a capacity of 163 liters. with., a 2.7-liter gasoline engine (158 hp, the system VVT-I) and a 4.0-liter gasoline engine, developing a capacity of 250 liters. with. (VVT-I), known by model Toyota Prado.
The most powerful power unit (4.0 l) is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission, and all the rest - 4-speed. There is also a manual 5-speed gearbox.