Did you know that what we today know as a leading car manufacturer, started out way back in 1890, when Sakich Toyoda invented the wooden handloom? His son, Kiichiro Toyoda went on to create the non-stop shuttle automatic Toyoda loom. With Kiichiro Toyoda, pursuing his passion for automobiles, travelled through Europe and USA, his research led to the establishment of the Automobile Department within Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd, in 1933. The rest, as they say, is history. The company, today known as Toyota Motor Corp, has yet again proven its mettle with the launch of the completely revamped 2016 Fortuner car.
The SUV not only maintains its aggressive and solid look, but also boasts impressive off road credentials. The off-road abilities are staggering, thanks to the four-wheel drive, with low-range gearing. The Fortuner Saudi specs include two engine options, the 2.7 L with 4 cylinders and the 4 L V6 engine. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Most markets offer the four-wheel drive as a standard, but the Saudi markets offer a two-wheel version as well. The basic features include power windows, driver airbag, driver knee airbag, front passenger airbag, 4 rear parking sensors, remote censor door locking, ABS, Engine Mobilizer and Remote Central Locking, among others.
Fortuner GX2 4*4
This Fortunercar has a 2.7 L 4- cylinder, Dual VVT-I petrol engine that offers 164 HP and 245 nm of torque. The 7-seat vehicle includes comfortable fabric upholstery, manual air conditioning, and a 6-speaker stereo FM and AM Radio with CD Player, AUX Port, USB Port and Bluetooth. This model stands tall on its 17-inch alloy wheels. The diesel variant, GX1 4*4, is available with a 2.4L engine.
Fortuner VX3 4*4
This automobile is much more powerful than the GX2, with a 4.0 L, 6-cylinder, VVT-I, petrol engine with 235 hp and 376 nm of torque on offer. Again, a 7 seater with 18-inch alloy wheels, this vehicle includes a rear differential lock, automatic climate control, and interior floor illumination. The interiors have been carefully crafted for comfort and luxury, with leather seats, leather trimmed shift lever and leather trimmed steering wheel with a wood grain effect. It has a 7-inch touch screen to add to the 6-speaker FM radio/CD player with AUX, USB port and Bluetooth. This variant of the Fortuner car is not available in diesel.
Whichever version of the SUV you choose, one thing you can be sure of is that it comes with Toyota’s guarantee of quality and elegance.