New 2,4- and 2,8-litre diesels, new six-speed automatic transmissions are among the highlights of the new Fortuner, due to be launched in South Africa in the second quarter of 2016.

More luxury, convenience and refinement are hallmarks of the interior, which features soft-touch textures and chrome detailing. Model-dependent features include a tablet-inspired touch-screen infotainment display, a Smart Entry & Start system, an electronic 4WD switch and second-row seats with one-touch operation for ease of folding. The third-row seats are equipped with a fixed hook attachment that allows them to be stowed quickly and conveniently.

The chassis and body have been strengthened significantly to make the whole package much more rigid. Suspension is double wishbone in front and four-link suspension at the rear, redesigned for optimised comfort. There’s an additional rear stabiliser for for better ride comfort.

The newly developed 2.4- and 2.8-litre diesels supplement the petrol variants, details of which will be disclosed closer to launch. The diesels now have better low-speed torque, higher power and improved fuel efficiency. The latter, besides boosting cruising range, also cuts down on engine noise. On the new six-speed automatic transmissions, the gear ratios have been chosen to maximise engine performance. As with the new Hilux, manual-shift Fortuners are equipped with the Intelligent Manual Transmission system (i-MT), which is designed to smooth out gearchanges.