Johannesburg - Toyota South Africa has expanded its Fortuner and Hilux line-ups, the former getting a lower-priced 4x4 derivative and the latter gaining more automatic options, while both receive various specification enhancements.

Previously, Fortuner buyers who wanted to go off-roading had to opt for a range-topping 2.8-litre GD-6 derivative, but now the 2.4 GD-6 is also available as a 4x4, paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. As with the 2.8 models, the part-time four-wheel-drive system has low-range gearing for tackling steep obstacles.

Engine outputs across the range remain as before, with the 2.4 GD-6 turbodiesel pushing 110kW and 400Nm and the 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesel producing 130kW and 420Nm (manual) or 450Nm (auto), while the normally aspirated 2.7-litre petrol model is rated at 122kW and 245Nm and the 4.0 V6 at 175kW/376Nm.

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Toyota has upped the safety standard on the 2.4 GD-6 and 2.7 derivatives, which gain side and curtain airbags.

Furthermore, the electrically-operated tailgate, which was previously only fitted to the 4.0 V6 model, is now also a standard feature on the 2.8 GD-6, and both also gain a 220V accessory connector and LED foglights. As before, the 2.8 and 4.0 Fortuners come with leather seats, auto climate control and LED headlights.

Fortuner prices

2.7 VVTi RB 6ATR444 500
2.4 GD-6 RB 6MTR462 900
2.4 GD-6 RB 6ATR480 900
2.4 GD-6 4x4 6AT (NEW)R506 000
2.8 GD-6 RB 6MTR552 900
2.8 GD-6 4x4 6MTR614 400
2.8 GD-6 RB 6ATR571 800
2.8 GD-6 4x4 6ATR633 500
4.0 V6 4x4 6ATR675 600

Automatic for the Hilux people

Toyota is responding to the growing demand for automatic gearboxes in bakkies with an expanded range of Hilux derivatives fitted with the company’s six-speed autobox.

The double cab range sees the addition of a 2.4 GD-6 SRX 4x4 auto model, while the Xtra cab line-up gains an auto-gearbox 2.8 GD-6 Raider option in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations.

Single cab customers can now choose auto versions of the 2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX and 2.8 GD-6 (4x2 or 4x4) Raider.

In addition, various spec enhancements have been made across the Hilux range.

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Raider models get new ‘tri-spoke’ 18” alloy wheels as well as LED headlights and foglights, while double cab versions receive a 220V power outlet.

SRX single cab and Xtra-Cab derivatives get a safety boost with the addition of Vehicle Stability Control, with Hill Assist and Trailer Sway Control.

As before, all Hilux and Fortuner models are sold with a five-year/90 000km service plan and three-year/100 000km warranty.

Hilux prices

Single Cab

2.0 VVTi 5MTR243 200
2.0 VVTi 5MT A/CR251 100
2.7 VVTi RB SRXR344 600
2.4 GD 5MTR276 200
2.4 GD 5MT A/CR284 100
2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6MTR355 300
2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX 6MTR419 200
2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX 6AT (NEW)R436 800
2.4 GD-6 4x4 SR 6MTR407 300
2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MTR418 100
2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6MTR479 800
2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6AT (NEW)R497 400
2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT (NEW)R435 700

X-Tra Cab

2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6MTR365 300
2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MTR444 700
2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT (NEW)R462 200
2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6MTR508 200
2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6AT (NEW)R525 800

Double Cab

2.7 VVTi RB SRX 5MTR394 700
2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6MTR442 700
2.4 GD-6 4x4 SR 6MTR465 400
2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX 6MTR478 100
2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX 6AT (NEW)R495 700
2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MTR506 200
2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6ATR524 100
2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6MTR570 700
2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6ATR589 800
4.0 V6 4x4 RAIDER AT 6ATR638 700

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