Toyota SA axes V6-powered Fortuner (as well as all manual variants)…

By: CAR magazine

Toyota South Africa Motors has confirmed the removal of the flagship V6-powered variant from its locally built Fortuner range.

In our earlier story (with pricing) revealing the addition of new Epic and Epic Black derivatives to the local Fortuner line-up, we noted the absence of the 4,0-litre V6 petrol variant from the company’s price list. And now Toyota SA has confirmed the news.

The Fortuner 4,0 V6 4×4 had been priced at R752 300 before its discontinuation, with its naturally aspirated six-cylinder petrol unit directing 175 kW and 376 N.m to all four corners via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Interestingly, the Japanese firm’s local arm also announced the removal of all manual models from the Fortuner line-up. Previously, the 2,4-litre turbodiesel engine could be paired with a six-speed manual cog-swapper, a transmission also offered with the 2,8-litre oil-burner (in either rear- or four-wheel drive).

While the aforementioned Epic and Epic Black packages have been applied to the remaining (automatic) 2,8 GD-6 models, the self-shifting 2,7-litre petrol and 2,4-litre turbodiesel variants continue unchanged.

The rejigging of the range comes ahead of an expected facelift for the popular bakkie-based SUV.

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