2007 Toyota Fortuner | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

Though the Fortuner mid-size sport utility vehicle was produced initially for some Asian, African and Latin American markets, the Japanese manufacturer extended its marketing to this side of the world too. Launched in the Middle East only last year, the Fortuner is the second newest nameplate in the line-up after the Yaris.

Assembled in Asia and South America, the Fortuner is built on the well-established platform of the Toyota Hilux pickup truck. It features three rows of seats with fulltime four-wheel drive among its many features. The Fortuner is part of Toyota’s IMV project which include the Hilux and Innova.

Although the car is based on a pick-up its styling is pure SUV with hints at the Lexus RX300. It mates true go-anywhere ability with space for seven, in a value-packed price The Fortuner is available here with a four-cylinder 2.7-litre unit as well as a 4.0-litre V6 engine. The Fortuner can be had with either a two-wheel-drive or a four-wheel-drive system.

At 1.85m tall the Fortuner is lankier than most supermodels and doesn’t lack for style. With a well-proportioned body, bulging wheel-arches and chunky tyres, Toyota designers have given the Fortuner a cool rugged appearance. The quality is hard to fault, with the narrow panel gaps and high-grade interior plastics.

Since the SUV is quite tall as compared to the competition, passengers will have to climb up into the cabin rather than walk straight into it. Three rows of seating take the Fortuner into the legions of a full-size SUV at the price of a mid-size SUV. Legroom in the third row is actually pretty decent, but the high floor forces an awkward seating posture. If extra boot space is required, the rearmost seats fold away to the side, rather than into the boot floor as is the norm for seven-seaters.

Body Type4X4
Price (in AED)89,000-108,000
Engine (litre)2.74.0
Power (bhp)158235
Torque (Nm)241383

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