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TOYOTA FORTUNER D4D
When launched in 2007, Fortuner brought with it some good news and some better news. The good news was that is had no traction control, no on-board navigation system, no hill-descent control, no fancy 17” mag rims and no associated high price tag. The better news was that the Fortuner had permanent four-wheel drive with lockable centre differential, locked four-wheel drive, it had good old 16” wheel rims, good ground clearance and petrol and diesel models are both powerful and lively and not thirsty: All the ingredients that make up an effective off-road family wagon.
The Fortuner’s front end looks like a stylised Hilux and that is exactly what it is. As part of their IMV (International Multi-purpose Vehicle) project it is, to put it crudely, a Hilux station-wagon. But this statement could be misleading, for I assure you, this is no pick-up. While the Fortuner uses the Hilux’s front end, the rear end, including the chassis and suspension is completely different. On-road both petrol and diesel models ride well, The moment I passed 120kph, I realised that this is no remodelled pick-up. It’s sure-footed, comfortable, has a firmish ride but handles corrugations with exemplary manners. Off-road the Fortuner has a gearbox and transfer box that are among the smoothest in the business and the auto-version even has a low-gear lockup. This is a function of the auto transmission that prevents it from moving into a higher gear when going down steep slopes.
Clearance is quite good, and quite adequate for some fairly challenging off-road driving. The suspension is on the firm side, which means off-road occupants are not thrown about overly much, unlike the Hilux. It will bottom its front suspension reasonably easily so an aggressive off-road driving style will be quickly felt. The only other criticism is the small fuel tank. There is nowhere to fit a larger one unless the spare wheel is relocated by replacing the rear bumper with a bumper wheel carrier, all expensive and weighty.
It might look like a trendy street-car, but Fortuner has low range gearing, good clearance and very good off road performance.
Since that test in 2008 there have been one mechanical and two cosmetic upgrades, including a larger fuel tank and 17″ wheel rims. At that time I rated the Fortuner the best-value 4×4 wagon available. But now in 2014, things may have changed. I am about to retest the Fortuner to see if it has lost any of its appeal, given six years has passed and there are newer and perhaps better SUVs out there. All will be revealed in Four-Wheel Drive, Season-4 due for broadcast October 2014. View the video below. (Only available in YouTube in standard-def)
PRODUCT REVIEW – TAKMAT SOUND INSULATION FLOOR MATS
My idea was to take Takla’s already successful waterproof and indestructible floor mats (TakMats) and add a unique feature. It occurred to me that some of the more rugged four-wheel drives, such as Land Cruiser 70-series, Land Rover Defenders and Jeep Wranglers, have one thing in common in that they are quite noisy inside. My question was, could this problem be solved? More . . .