The Toyota Fortuner range has been expanded to include two new diesel-powered variants – 2.4 VRZ 4×4 and 2.4 VRZ 4×2. The new additions slot in between the new base 2.4 4×4 (previously known as the 2.4 VRZ) and the range-topping, petrol-powered 2.7 SRZ 4×4.

The new variants (and the existing 2.4 4×4) are powered by a 2GD-FTV 2.4 litre turbodiesel engine with 150 PS at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,000 rpm. The mill, like the 2TR-FE 2.7 litre petrol unit, is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode and paddle shifters (not fitted on the base variant).

As their names suggest, the 2.4 VRZ 4×4 gets a four-wheel drive system with an automatic disconnecting differential (ADD) as well as a rear differential lock. The 2.4 VRZ 4×2 being the only two-wheel drive variant here, has none of those, with drive going exclusively to the rear wheels.

In terms of equipment, the new variants share much in common with the 2.7 SRZ 4×4, and come with 18-inch alloy wheels (wrapped with 265/60 tyres), Bi-LED projector headlamps with daytime running lights and LED rear combination taillights.

Moving inside, you’ll find an Optitron instrument panel with a 4.2-inch colour TFT-LCD multi-info display, automatic climate control (front and rear), leather upholstery, eight-way powered driver’s seat (manual adjustment for front passenger), cruise control and a leather-wrapped, four-spoke steering wheel (with wood and silver trim). A DVD-AVX infotainment system is fitted on the new variants, with an eight-inch touchscreen, various media inputs and a reverse camera to go along with it.

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Safety kit includes seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee), VSC, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), ABS with EBD, brake assist, Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Active Traction Control (A-TRC). The last two are reserved for the 2.7 SRZ 4×4 and 2.4 VRZ 4×4 only.

Similar to the Innova, the Fortuner range also gets a number of updates, the first of which sees the addition of rear disc brakes to all variants. The fog lamps are also the LED type on all variants except the 2.4 4×4, which continues to use bulb type units along with halogen projector headlights. All variants also get a new USB port at the front of the cabin.

New optional accessories also join the fray in the form a TRD Sportivo body kit (RM4,982), which includes an aerokit, black front grille, emblem, body stripes, specific floors mats and scuff plate. There’s also a panoramic view monitor (RM2,650) and blind spot monitor (RM1,855) as well, and all these prices are inclusive of GST.

On the mention of prices, the Fortuner range also sees some revision, with the 2.4 4×4 now retailing for RM169,800 on-the-road without insurance (previously RM170,400). The 2.7 SRZ 4×4 on the other hand, now goes for RM181,800 (previously RM178,600). Pricing for the 2.4 VRZ 4×4 and 2.4 VRZ 4×2 will be revealed soon.

For more information and specs of the Toyota Fortuner range, head on over to CarBase.my.