Toyota Fortuner 2017 & Toyota Fortuner 2018

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(added 27 Apr 2018)

This time we took Toyota Fortuner 2017 & Toyota Fortuner 2018 for a comparison to see what the differences between the two are.

History

Fortuner is Toyota’s smaller sized SUV compared to Prado & Land Cruiser however this one comes right next to Toyota Surf / 4Runner where Surf is offered as a 5 seats SUV while Fortuner is offered with 7 seats. Fortuner is being assembled locally in Pakistan since 2012 and the second generation was launched in 2017 while the same generation recently received an upgrade.

Specifications

Since the launch of Fortuner in Pakistan this SUV was offered with one engine type which is Toyota’s 2.7 liter Dual VVTi Petrol 2TR engine however in 2018 they have added Toyota’s 2.8 liter 1GD diesel engine in the lineup. Top of the line variant now only comes in Diesel however the option getting the same 2TR petrol engine is still available however that is a lowered spec car with 4x2 options only.

The new engine produces 174hp with 420nm torque while the old 2TR produced 160hp with 246nm Torque.

Equipment

The 2018 diesel fortuner definitely offers all of what was offered in 2017 and a lot more however the only difference that I didn’t like in the new one was that borders of side steps have been painted silver compared to the all black side steps in the old one, the 2.7 petrol 2018 also offers same all black side steps which in my opinion are more durable compared to the painted ones considering this is a part constantly getting rubbed with feet, I fear the constant wear n tear of paint.

With that out of the way I feel the lack of traction control in the old car wasn’t something missing and you don’t feel a lot of difference with the new one offering that traction control because this isn’t a light tail car, the car being a 7 seater has a heavy tail which doesn’t let the car skid from behind. The new one having that traction control is a good thing but it wasn’t a deal breaker in the old car.

The new one does offer a few cool things like remote control key, push start, downhill assist but the coolest of them all is the power tailgate, that is the first Pakistan assembled car that offers this and it works flawlessly and feels just right. Apart from that you also get LED fog lights compared to the regular ones in the 2017.

Let’s talk about the few nice things which are carried from 2017. First thing would be the dark tan leather color of the interior, it looks really good, I had 2017 in white and 2018 in black but the leather interior looked good in both the colors, also for the safety of driver the car also comes with a driver knee airbag which is again something offered for the first time in Fortuner, other things include the paddle shifters, I was skeptical that may be with engine change they will remove the paddle shifters but them being available in it were a pleasant surprise. Few more things which I would like the mention are refrigerator in the car which can also be used as secondary gloves compartment if you want you can simply turn off the refrigeration. Cruise control is standard in both the vehicles and I really like the cockpit view from driver’s seat which remains the same.

Talking about rear of the car, you also get rear movable & reclining seats along with dual air-condition with independent controls for the passengers sitting at rear which makes the journey for rear passengers very comfortable. Another thing which I would like to mention in the rear would be the 220w power socket which is just like a home power outlet. If you’re going on a long journey & wish to charge your laptop or anything else that otherwise you cannot charge due to lack of car charger, you can make use of the 220w power socket at the back of front center console.

To summarize it all here’s a detailed comparison sheet among all the options of Fortuner available.

Option

2017 Petrol

2018 Petrol

2018 Diesel

Engine

2TR-FE

2TR-FE

1GD-FTV

Intercooler

x

x

O

Transmission

6 Speed Sequential with Pedal shifters

6 Speed Sequential with Pedal shifters

6 Speed Sequential with Pedal shifters

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

4x4

O

x

O

Brakes

EBD

EBD

EBD

Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Tyres & Wheels

265/60/R18 with Alloy

265/60/R18 with Alloy

265/60/R18 with Alloy

Power Back Door

x

x

o

Head light

LED

LED

LED

Daytime Running Lights

o

o

o

Front Grill

Chrome

Chrome

Chrome

FogLamps

Lamps

LED

LED

Rearview Mirrors

Electric / Power

Electric / Power

Electric / Power with Welcome lamp

Side-Step

Black

Black

Silver

Seat Material

Leather

Leather

Leather

Push Start

x

o

o

Key

Jack Knife

Smart key

Smart key

Poor Door (Rear)

x

x

o

Climate Control

O

O

o

Cool / Hot Box

o

o

o

Driver Power Seat

o

o

o

DVD / Navigation

8” Capacitive Display Smart device

8” Capacitive Display Smart device

8” Capacitive Display Smart device

Speakers

6

6

6

Front Camera

Ready

Ready

Ready

Rear Camera

Installed

Installed

Installed

Vehicle Stability Control

x

O

o

Emergency Brake Signal

x

o

o

Light Reminder

x

o

o

Engine Oil Level Reminder

x

x

o

Downhill Assist

x

x

o

Knee Airbag

o

O

o

Door Courtesy

Reflector

Reflector

Lamp

 

Turn offs

The only turn off I find in the new one is the Diesel Engine which is something not very common anymore. People prefer petrol SUVs now and I am not sure how that would play for Toyota, there was a significant sound difference between the Diesel & Petrol Fortuners when you sit inside the cabin.

Fuel Economy

During our tests both the diesel & petrol gave around similar fuel efficiency which is around 7.5 km / liter

Test Drive

Overall the driving position is very nice considering you’re sitting at a higher position so the road visibility is very good. I personally like these narrow body SUVs because they have the capability of being able to go anywhere when taking it for a road trip because of the narrow body the car doesn’t need wide roads. The car offers good visibility but the ride was bumpy due to the height of the car.

2018 – The only complain I would have from a diesel SUV would be of sound, other than that the car is front heavy, the diesel engine is high torque so you could feel a lot of power while driving the car.

2017 – Petrol fortuner was quiet for sure but the engine lagged compared to the diesel one; the car definitely felt slower. The lack of traction control didn’t make a lot of difference because the car has a heavy rear so the difference was negligible.

Price

At the time of submission of this article Toyota Fortuner is priced at:

Petrol 2.7 4x2 – PKRs.5,849,000/-

Diesel 2.8 4x4 – PKRs.6,199,000/-

Withholding tax is to be added on top which for a income tax filer is Rs.200,000/- and for a non filer is Rs.400,000/-

Verdict

Considering that Toyota Fortuner is the only 7 Seater SUV assembled in Pakistan the car definitely fills a void in the local market. The price of this car is also at an edge, in Pakistani market if you wish to buy a brand new car in this range then the options are very limited. You have a lot of options below 4.0 million & then you get an unregistered Prado (5 seater to start) in middle 7 million range. Between the range of 4-7 million you don’t get much. The only two brand new Japanese options are Toyota Revo & Toyota Fortuner, you can also get a few German options in this range offered by all 3 BMW, Audi & Mercedes Benz but a lot of people are hesitant to go for them considering the high maintenance costs involved.

Looks & styling – 8/10 (both 2017 & 2018)

Since both 2017 & 2018 share the same exterior & interior I would give them both 8 out of 10 considering the front of these cars is very new age which appeals to many but isn’t loved by all.

Features – 6/10 (2017) – 7/10 (2018)

Toyota has added more features in 2018 fortuner compared to 2017 but the score still cannot go higher than 7 considering these cars lack a lot of toys available in cars internationally.

Practicality – 7/10 (both 2017 & 2018)

Practicality is a strong suit here, even the 4x2 petrol variant recently offers is highly practical considering there are many people in our country who will use this car as a 7 seater and won’t take it off road.

Value for money – 7/10 (both 2017 & 2018)

The car offers a lot of car in the price specially considering the fact that there aren’t any other options available to compare this car with.

Easy to maintain – 9/10 (2017) – 8/10 (2018)

It’s a local Toyota so everything is easily available everywhere which makes it very easy to maintain however since the diesel engine has its few things that need to be taken care of the diesel variant doesn’t score as high has petrol variant.

Resale – 7/10 (both 2017 & 2018)

Being a local Toyota the car enjoys good resale value but considering the fact that when you sell a used car there will be other options in this price segment the car doesn’t score over 7 / 10

Fun to drive – 4/10 (2017) – 6/10 (2018)

The petrol engine is a slow boring engine thus the car isn’t a lot of fun to drive however the high torque of diesel engine gives this car that much needed fun

Comfort – 7/10 (both 2017 & 2018)

The overall car is very comfortable but the tall body and higher ground clearance doesn’t make this car the most comfortable car like a luxury Sedan in similar price or an old but bigger SUV in same price range.

Quality – 7/10 (both 2017 & 2018)

Quality of product is a high suit when you are talking about a Toyota and that is seen in this one as well however the items used aren’t of premium quality that Toyota uses in their much expensive cars.

Total –

2017 – 62/90

2018 – 64/90

To watch the comparison video please check below

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