Toyota South Africa Motors has added two “Epic” and two “Epic Black” derivatives to its seven-seater Fortuner range, offering the packages in conjunction with the flagship 2,8-litre turbodiesel powertrain.
As with the Legend 50 variants in the Hilux line-up, the Epic packages have been applied to existing models, (temporarily) replacing these standard derivatives. Interestingly, Toyota SA’s website suggests the 4,0-litre V6 petrol derivative is no longer part of the Fortuner range.
The rear-driven Fortuner 2,8 GD-6 Epic AT will cost you R660 000, while the Epic Black version of this powertrain starts at R670 100. The Fortuner 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Epic, meanwhile, kicks off at R729 000, with the flagship Epic Black option of the four-wheel-drive model taking the price to R739 100.
The familiar 2,8-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine offers an unchanged 130 kW and 450 N.m, with all four Epic-branded variants shipping standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.
So, what exactly do the Fortuner Epic kits entail? Well, exterior updates include the adoption of “Epic” branding at the rear and a nudge bar up front, along with door scuff plates and a standard tow bar.
The Epic Black variants furthermore boast two-tone exterior treatment (combining a Glacier White body with a gloss-black roof), along with black roof rails, model-specific black 18-inch alloy wheels and black side-mirror caps. Epic derivatives, meanwhile, are available in a choice of four paint colours: Glacier White, Chromium Silver, Graphite Grey Metallic and Avant-garde Bronze Metallic.
Inside, these special models feature “Epic” branding on the floor mats and a powered tailgate that can be operated from the driver’s seat or with the key.
The Epic nameplate, which Toyota SA Motors has used before on the Fortuner, returns ahead of an upcoming facelift for the popular bakkie-based SUV.
Toyota Fortuner 2,7 AT: R510 700
Toyota Fortuner 2,4 GD-6: R530 000
Toyota Fortuner 2,4 GD-6 AT: R550 800
Toyota Fortuner 2,4 GD-6 4x4 AT: R578 900
Toyota Fortuner 2,8 GD-6 Epic AT: R660 000
Toyota Fortuner 2,8 GD-6 Epic Black AT: R670 100
Toyota Fortuner 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Epic AT: R729 000
Toyota Fortuner 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Epic Black AT: R739 100
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