2021 Toyota Fortuner: 5 Things to know
One of the biggest, most important, and very-first launches of the year is the 2021 Fortuner that arrived in Malaysia along with the new Innova MPV. The Fortuner is without a doubt one of the most popular SUVs around and it has grabbed high sales figures for Toyota. Now, with the arrival of the all-new model, we expect SUVs legacy to continue longer and stronger.
Toyota Malaysia announced the arrival of the new Fortuner in the beginning of the year and a day or two later the automaker revealed the SUVs details, including specs, variants, and price. The automaker has also begun taking orders of the facelifted model.
We have already discussed the difference between the ongoing and upcoming Fortuner, informing whether or not the 2021 model is an improvement. Today, we’ll be discussing the 2021 Fortuner’s top five things which a buyer or enthusiast should know. So, let’s get started -
Fortuner variants on offer
The Fortuner facelift is offered in two locally-assembled CKD variants, including a 2.7 SRZ AT 4X4 petrol-powered trim priced at RM 172,244 and a 2.8 VRZ AT 4X4 diesel-powered model that retails for RM 203,183. Now there is one more model, 2.4 AT 4X4 trim (RM 167,357.40) but it's limited to Sabha, Sarawak, and Labuan region.
Compared to the previous generation Fortuner line-up, the carry forward 2.7 SRZ trim is now RM 279 cheaper. The range-topping 2.8 VRZ replaces the 2.4 VRZ AT 4X4, and carries a higher price tag, which is fully justifiable.
Note, the prices mentioned above exclude insurance, but factor in sales tax exemption which in effect until 30th June 2021. Also included in the price is a 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty.
2021 Fortuner’s new engine
The new Fortuner brings along a new mill, the larger 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that makes a maximum power of 204 PS and a peak torque of 500 Nm. The same engine also powers the latest Hilux Rogue.
This new engine features an optimised head gasket and cylinder block structure along with a black shaft for better NVH. Ensuring optimal pressure delivery is the two-stage operational oil pump. Also, the water-cooled double-pipe-type pre-EGR cooler ensures optimum recirculated exhaust gas temperature.
Variable Flow Control (VFC) steering
Part of the range-topping 2021 Fortuner kit is a VFC power steering that helps improve mileage by reducing the power steering pump torque usage. When the vehicle is not in use or not steered, it switches to standby mode. The driver can also adjust the steering responsiveness through the dedicated sport mode.
Stronger safety shield
One of the most significant inclusions in the 2021 Fortuner comes in the form of the Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety features that include Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Pre-Collision System (PCS).
- LDA alerts the driver when the car starts to stray from the lane through audio and visual cues
- DRCC is an active cruise control system that is available for use from 30 kmph
- PCS is nothing but a form of autonomous emergency braking system that operates from 10 kmph to 180 kmph
Sportier Legender face & Smart features
In Malaysia, the 2021 Fortuner is nothing but Fortuner Legender which was recently launched in the Indian and Thai market. Compared to the standard Fortuner facelift (we didn’t receive it) the Legender model is more aggressive and is packed with better features. For instance, it features a large mouth & slim grille with mesh pattern, quad-element LED headlamps with segmented DRLs, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The all-new Fortuner is loaded with several features that offer both comfort and convenience. Like Vehicle Telematics System, Wireless charger, infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto support, ambient illumination, kick-sensor tailgate. Also, part of the kit is an automatic air-con system, LED interior lamps, rear AC vents, electrochromic rear-view mirror, side controls for the front-seat passenger.
So, what are your thoughts on the all-new 2021 Toyota Fortuner? Impressive, isn’t it. Do tell us if you think otherwise.
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