2020 Toyota Fortuner
You have to hand it to Toyota – they are not the kind of company to rest on their laurels. Despite the Toyota Fortuner comfortably outselling every single one of its competitors every single month, they have launched the new Fortuner Epic, an improved version that should bolster sales despite the challenging economy.
Firstly, there are no mechanical changes to the current Fortuner – they’re not really needed. Instead the Epic models offer added value for the consumer, with a number of exterior tweaks to set them apart.
From now on all 2.8 GD-6 Fortuners will be this Epic version, which features mild interior and exterior changes and also marks a revision of the offerings in the Fortuner line up.
Within the Epic range are two models, the standard Epic and the Epic Black, and the difference is that the Black models have a two-tone colour scheme with a black roof, black roof rails, black side mirrors and all-black 18-inch alloy rims that are unique to this model, which is only available in Glacier White for emphasised contrast.
The standard Epic models come in Glacier White, Chromium Silver, Graphite Grey Metallic or Avant-Garde Bronze Metallic, and are fitted with a branded nudge-bar and tow bar.
And the interior? It’s largely the same, the only additions being metal scuff plates and an Epic-branded carpet set. The usual Fortuner luxuries apply here, such as the leather interior and soft-touch dashboard trim. The interior layout remains the seven-seat format we’re familiar with, with a fold-up third row of seating.
Specification levels remain unchanged and so include dual-zone climate control, smart entry and push start, touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, reverse camera, TFT Multi-Information Display (MID), blue Optitron instrumentation, cruise control, steering switches, power-adjustable driver seat and power back door.
All Fortuner models are equipped with the full alphabet soup of driver assist technology: ABS, TRC, VSC, BAS, EBD and Hill Start Assist (HAC). The four-wheel drive models also feature Toyota’s A-TRAC off-road traction control logic and Downhill Assist Control (DAC), to make navigating obstacles a breeze. ‘On-the-fly’ selectable 2WD/4WD/4WD Low modes further add to overlanding convenience.
The unchanged 2.8 GD-6 engine produces maximum power of 130kW and 430Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
As we’ve said, the Epic upgrade and badge is limited to 2.8 GD-6 Fortuner models. Do the others stay the same? Well, yes and no. The automatic 2.4 GD-6 models and 2.7-VVTi models stay the same, but the 4.0 V6 model has disappeared altogether.
The Toyota Fortuner Epic is priced from R660 000 to R 739 100 and all models come standard with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 9-services/90 000 km service plan.
Tough and comfortable overland option
Aesthetic improvements to an already great vehicle
Great ride quality
Unsurpassed resale value
Reasonable running costs