Toyota has introduced a limited edition of its evergreen and ever popular Fortuner SUV, called Fortuner Epic.
Kerry Roodt, General Manager of Marketing Communications for Toyota SA Motors explains about the crowd-pleasing FOrtuner in general, â€œItâ€™s the consummate all-rounder, suitable for use in a number of different conditions, from urban highways and rocky mountain passes to sand dunes and the bushveld. This â€˜Go Anywhere, Do Anythingâ€¦ and Do it in Styleâ€™ character of the Fortuner perfectly complements the lifestyle of outdoor-loving South Africans who need the dual-purpose capability of a â€˜bush and boulevardâ€™ cruiser. If ever there was an apt tag line then the Fortunerâ€™s got it â€“ â€œFreedom is indeed beautifulâ€™.â€
Changes to the Fortuner Epic are essentially cosmetic including a redesigned front-end with new headlights and black-out detail. Other surface changes are the teardrop-shaped chromed bezels surrounding the front fog lights. Poudly on deiplay up front is the unique edition chromed nudge bar with â€œEpicâ€ branding All outer mirrors are now chromed as opposed to colour-coded. Bringing up the rear are new tail lamps, once again with black-out detail, mirroring the front units. Additionally â€œEpicâ€ models get a towbar as well as a rear sill protector. Dark grey 17-inch alloy wheels provide further visual differentiation.
In 4×4 guise, the Fortuner features full-time 4WD with low range and a Torsen Limited Slip Centre Differential (LSD) with lock. 4×2 versions are likewise well equipped to go bundu bashing courtesy of a rear differential lock. They also share the same heavy-duty yet sophisticated suspension system with their 4×4 brethren comprising a double wishbone, high-mount set-up up front and a four-link, lateral control rod system at the rear.
Standard on all Fortunerâ€™s is a 30 degree approach angle and 25 degree departure angle, 220 mm ground clearance and a 700 mm wading depth.
Donâ€™t expect very exclusive club of Epic owners. Toyota SA reckon the Epic makeover will be applied to 50% of all Fortuner D4-D and V6 derivative over a two month period.
Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4×2 Epic R461 800
Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4×2 auto Epic R474 700
Fortuner 4.0 V6 4×2 auto Epic R493 100
Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4×4 Epic R513 400
Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4×4 auto Epic R526 500
Fortuner 4.0 V6 4×4 auto Epic R544 500
Toyota SA press release