2015 Toyota Fortuner range: Crusade (right), GXL and GX (rear)
2015 Toyota Fortuner Australian range – Crusade (right), GXL and GX (rear)

Having debut in Thailand earlier this year, the second-generation Fortuner is set to go on sale in Australia. We get a first look of the specs of the Fortuner Down Under. Over in that part of the world, three variants are available for customers to choose from; the GX, GXL and Crusade.

All three are powered by a 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV turbodiesel engine that makes 174 hp. Torque figures however, varies; those who opt for the six-speed manual will get 420 Nm of torque. As for the six-speed auto, a higher torque output of 450 Nm is available. All variants also receive Power and Eco drive modes.

As a refresher, the Fortuner now measures 4,795 mm long, 1,855 wide, and 1,790 high and a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. The Fortuner now possesses a towing capacity of 3,000 kg for the manual variants and 2,800 kg for the automatic transmissions. The Hilux-based Fortuner continues on with a double wishbone front suspension but now with a five-link rear suspension.

Standard items on all three variants include; rear differential lock, cruise control, reverse camera, alarm air-conditioned cooler box, a seven-inch touchscreen display audio with Toyota Link, Bluetooth, voice-recognition, with six-speakers, three 12-volt sockets, a soft-touch instrument panel. Steering wheel controls with tilt and telescopic function and three top tether anchors along with two ISOFIX points.

Outside, standard exterior items consists of automatic headlamp with levelling function, body colour retractable exterior mirrors, sidesteps, LED rear tail lamps, front and rear mudflaps. Standard safety-tech includes; seven airbags, vehicle stability, active traction and active traction control, hill-start assist, ABS with brake assist and electronic brake distribution.

The entry-level GX features all standard items listed, it further receives a urethane steering wheel and gear shift knob. A six-way adjustable seat for the driver and four-way adjustable seat for passenger, dot-type multi-information display (MID).

Brown fabric seat trim, chrome interior handles, power windows with auto up and down function for driver’s side. Outside the GX gets projector halogen headlamps, body coloured door handles and it sits on 17-inch steel wheels wrapped with all-terrain tyres.

Sitting one level above the GX is the mid-specced GXL variant that receives all the standard items, as well as items that the GX features. It receives downhill assist control and an intelligent manual transmission (iMT) which allows for smoother shifting. Inside, the GXL gets paddle shifters, a 4.2-inch coloured MID, keyless smart entry and start.

Furthermore, it comes with meter illumination control and power windows with auto up and down function on all four. Exterior features of the GXL includes, privacy glass, front fog lamps, chrome door handles, rear-door garnish, roof rails along with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tyres. A steel spare wheel comes standard for the GXL variant.

As for the top-specced Fortuner, called the Crusade; customers can expect to find auto-air conditioning, satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio. Additionally, the Crusade gets an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather seats and door trim with a choice of dark brown or fawn brown colours.

Furthermore, the Crusade gets woodgrain accents, a soft touch console box lid and a 220V accessory socket. Outside, it comes with 18-inch alloys wrapped in highway tyres, automatic LED projector headlamps with auto levelling and LED DRLs and a power tailgate with memory function; where the opening height can be set.

Prices of the new Fortuner starts at AUD$47,990 (RM148,473) for the entry-level GX variant, while the GXL costs AUD$52,990 (RM163,932) and the top-specced Crusade is priced at AUD$59,990 (RM185,888). Toyota Australia expects the GX to account for half of the sales of the Fortuner.