The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to The Toyota Fortuner
The Toyota Fortuner has been a go-to for families and outdoorsmen who require a dependable and rugged mode of transport that is equally at home among the city lights as it is on mountain passes and rocky nature trails. This popular powerhouse of an SUV has gone through its fair share of changes over the years and has seen quite a few more for its most recent rendition. In this Wrong Fuel Rescue guide, we take a look at everything there is to know about the new Toyota Fortuner. Keep reading to learn more about this adaptive vehicle as well as what to do should you accidentally misfuel your Toyota Foruner.
Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the History of The Toyota Fortuner
Toyota is renowned for building a brand around reliability, performance, and value for money; and few other vehicle models illustrate this as much as the Fortuner does. Though the Fortuner has only had two generations, the model has seen many more facelifts, upgrades, and updates throughout the years – with Australian designers playing a big role in the first facelift and the second-gen design.
The first-generation Fortuner was introduced in 2004 for the 2005 year and was built on the Hilux ute’s base and ladder frame. The first versions were available in both rear-wheel (G) or all-wheel (V) drive configurations and had the options of two engines in petrol and three in diesel.
The Fortuner went through a minor redesign in 2008 – featuring a new grille, new projector headlamps, and new rear lights that were subtly different from the previous version and resembled the Land Cruiser 200 series. The bulk of the changes was in the interior though, and for the first time, the model featured Bluetooth connectivity, an electronic adjustable driver’s seat in 4×4 in V models, and rear air conditioning from the ceiling for the second and third row. In some models, an Electronic Brake Force Distribution with Brake Assist replaced LSPV.
In July 2011 the Toyota Fortuner got its second facelift with an entirely revised front fascia that featured a redesigned fender, hood, headlamps, tail lamps, bumper, and fog light housings. The rear bumper and garnish palate also got alterations that gave the model a rounded and more sophisticated look. This time around, the changes on the inside were minor and included upgrades to the centre console, steering wheel, and audio/video system.
The Second-Generation Toyota Fortuner
16 July 2015 saw the unveiling of the second-generation Toyota Fortuner. Along with its ute sibling, the Hilux, the new-gen Fortuner featured the “Keen Look” design language. Even though the Hilux and the Fortuner still shared a chassis, amongst other things, the Fortuner’s exterior and interior got unique alterations, paving the way for the vehicle to establish its own unique character.
The exterior was streamlined to be more “slim-looking” and featured much slimmer headlights and the so-called “blacked-out D-pillars” that resulted in a floating roof appearance. The quality of the interior was notably improved with an upright dashboard covered in synthetic leather that featured high-grade stitching. A modernised cluster and a large TFT LCD multi-info display were also introduced.
Toyota expanded their GD-series engines for the second-gen Fortuner and the newly-developed engines featured common-rail direct-injection and variable nozzle turbocharging. In some markets, the 2.8L featured auto start-stop technology for the first time.
The second-generation Toyota Fortuner got its facelift in June of 2020 and featured numerous changes and expansive updates all around that brought the model up to speed with the trends in the market. Visually, the facelift was evident with a larger and blacked-out grille that introduced the mesh pattern. Bi-LED headlights with daytime running lights were introduced and the LED indicators have been moved to the lower bumper. At the rear, it got fitted with a spoiler and redesigned tail lamps to elevate the sporty appearance.
The engine and performance got a boost as well. Toyota engineers fitted a larger turbocharger and incorporated a new common-rail injection system, new head gasket, revised cylinder block, new exhaust manifold, and additional cooling, all of which, according to the manufacturer, enhance performance and fuel economy. We take a look at the numbers down below.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to The 2022 Toyota Fortuner
Considering all the Fortuner’s success in other countries, it’s rather perplexing that the model has been playing second, third, and fourth fiddle to many of its competitors in Australia. Although that is slowly changing, the Isuzu MU-X, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, and even the Ford Everest have consistently outdone the Fortuner in terms of sales. However, on paper, the 2022 Toyota Fortuner is just as good as any other 7-seater out there. Is it the same in reality? An 18% increase in new sales last year would suggest so, but let’s find out!
New Toyota Fortuner Trims and Pricing on the Australian Market
Toyota isn’t known for overcomplicating things, and this reflects in the three trim options that they have made available to buyers. They are the “entry-level” GX, the in-between GXL, and the top-of-the-range Crusade. Before any on-road costs, the pricing starts at $49 715 for the GX, $55 085 for the GXL and $62 945 for the Crusade which can be considered competitive when compared to other models in the segment.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Take on The Fortuner’s Updates
Just like in previous years, the exterior of the new Toyota Fortuner has once again undergone only slight changes in terms of bodywork. It seems to be clear that the manufacturer is saving the big changes for the much-anticipated third-generation version of the vehicle.
Keeping to the simplicity, the Fortuner retains the same exterior design as its 2020 facelift – sporty and modern with a touch of ruggedness that truly says “bred for adventure”. It has a big, bold grille, and sleek head and rear lamps that all create the powerful appearance that the Fortuner is known for. The body is aerodynamic with sharp lines and curves, which creates a muscular yet sophisticated look.
Furthermore, the vehicle is accompanied by large and functional (for off-roading) alloy wheels and comes with roof rails and a rear spoiler, adding to its adventurous appearance. Overall, the Toyota Fortuner’s exterior exudes strength, capability, and sophistication – whether you’re going off-road, to the office or on a road trip around the country.
The inside of the Fortuner is where you’ll find most of the new updates, though. The cabin remains well-furnished, spacious, and comfortable with quality leather in most of the touch points. The other formalities include an 8-inch infotainment display, keyless entry, and a 4.2-inch multi-function cluster display. The updates (for the Crusade) include a 360-degree camera system, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control, rear-cross traffic alert, and electric heated front seats.
The infotainment has been updated with all the important bits, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, native navigation, and digital radio, while it also features buttons and knobs on the sides for easier operation while driving. The front row has access to a USB and 12V outlet as well as two cupholders in the centre cabin, and two more on the dash, one on each side strategically placed right under the aircon vent to keep drinks cool.
The rest of the interior is where the Fortuner stands out from its competitors quite substantially. The second row features a heap of comfort for the passengers who would frequent it thanks to ample space for legs and feet, a dent-like scallop in the ceiling for more headspace, as well as sliding seats (unique to the Fortuner) complete with a flip-down centre console that features two cup holders of its own.
The third row is one of the best in the segment when in terms of space. And while larger and taller adults will still feel somewhat cramped, the sliding feature of the second row pays its dividends while there is still enough room for a small suitcase or two in the boot. Both the second and third rows also feature their own air vents that are worth much more than their weight on hot and sunny days.
Overall, the interior is worthy and functional for what it is supposed to be, however, it is starting to show its age once compared to the competitors in the market segment – hopefully, something that will also be rectified with the next-generation release.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to The Toyota Fortuner Engine, Driving and Safety
Under the bonnet, the Fortuner boasts an upgraded version of the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine that can now get 150kM at 3400rpm and 500Nm of torque at 1600-2800rpm – an increase of 50Nm that will always be welcomed. The engine is accompanied by a six-speed automatic transmission and a “shift-on-the-fly” four-wheel drive system that includes low range and a locking rear differential.
While the engine is quite refined for 4WD, the ride and handling can feel “rugged” when compared to other seven-seaters, but it is somewhat to be expected when considering the off-road capability of the Fortuner. The ride remains a comfortable one even though the Fortuner still uses an “older” hydraulic steering assistance over an electric one – it can just take some getting used to if you come from another manufacturer.
In terms of safety, the Fortuner has come leaps and bounds from the somewhat questionable safety reputation it once had. However, buyers can travel in serenity knowing that from 2019 onwards the model has received a five-star ANCAP Safety rating, thanks to the additions of safety features such as dual frontal, side chest-protecting, and side head-protecting airbags as standard, along with autonomous emergency braking, as well as lane keep assist with lane departure warning and an advanced speed assistance system.
Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue for Your Toyota Fortuner?
As much as the Fortuner – and Toyota as a whole – is known for reliability, this reliability hinges on the correct fuel pumping through the engine. Even the most rugged vehicles aren’t immune to misfuelling and that goes for the sturdy Fortuner, too. The good news is that through Wrong Fuel Rescue, your Fortuner’s misfuelling mishap is easily fixable without any long-term damage to your vehicle. If you suspect that you have put the wrong fuel in your Toyota Fortuner, there’s no need to worry; simply give us a call and we’ll come and assist you.
Here are some telltale signs that you may have misfuelled your petrol Toyota Fortuner with diesel:
● A loss of power, acceleration, and performance
● Loud knocking sounds from the engine
● A large amount of smoke coming from the exhaust
● Sudden cutting out of the engine
● Stuttering movements from the vehicle when driving
Alternatively, here are some signs that you may have misfuelled your diesel Toyota Fortuner with petrol:
● Loud knocking noise from the engine
● Excessive smoke from your exhaust
● Slower than usual acceleration
● The engine warning light is illuminated
● The engine stops altogether
● The vehicle struggles to restart
At Wrong Fuel Rescue, we have rescued countless Toyota drivers over the years. So, whether you put diesel in your earlier petrol Toyota Fortuner or petrol in your diesel Toyota Fortuner, you can rest assured that we will be able to help you in either scenario.
We send out a mobile, qualified technician, geared with state-of-the-art equipment to get you back on the road and to your destination in no time. This limits any costs and risk to the engine that may occur in trying to drive to a repair shop – it’s always best to stop driving or turning the ignition if you suspect that misfuelling has occurred. If this is a situation you are finding yourself currently in, get in contact with Wrong Fuel Rescue so that our friendly staff can assist you right away.