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Toyota Fortuner Goes Hybrid: Now more Powerful and Frugal!

Toyota has introduced mild-hybrid tech to the Fortuner. Ever since we saw the Hilux get hybrid tech in Europe last year, we were eager to see it make its way to the Fortuner as well. This has finally happened, and the first country to get it is South Africa. This will slowly trickle down to all the international markets as well. Let’s see what is new with this hybrid Fortuner.

New Hybrid Tech

The Fortuner and the Hilux, as we know, share the same platform and powertrains. This fact makes changes to the Hilux easily implementable in the Fortuner and vice versa. The mild-hybrid tech has followed the same pattern. A 2.8L diesel engine powers the Fortuner and will now be supported by a 48V mild-hybrid system. This system boosts 16hp power and 42Nm torque, bringing the total output of the unit to 201 hp and 500 Nm torque. This power is delivered to the engine through a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission, either through a 2WD or a 4WD system.

The bump in performance does not seem to be the focus for Toyota when it comes to adding hybrid tech to the Fortuner. The real advantage is in the increased fuel efficiency. Toyota claims this system makes it 5 per cent more efficient than earlier. Toyota also claims that hybrid tech leads to a more robust throttle response and a smooth engine restart due to its new idle start-stop feature.  

Other New Features

There are more additions to the Fortuner in the version launched in South Africa. These include safety features like the Toyota Safety Sense ADAS suite and a 360-degree camera. The ADAS suite has features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitor, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and more. Some convenience features like an 11-speaker audio system, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto add to the comfort. The interior also looks slightly refreshed. Its outer design resembles the Legender version of the model sold in India. 

India Launch

As of now, there is no information on the entry of hybrid tech into the Indian version of the Fortuner. You can buy three Toyota cars with hybrid tech in India: Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Innova Hycross and Camry. They also plan to launch their first EV for the Indian market in the coming year, which might be a rebadge version of the upcoming Maruti eVX SUV.

TopGear Magazine May 2024