First came the powered-up HiLux, now we’ve got the powered-up Fortuner.

    Toyota has updated its seven-seat, ute-based off-roader for the second half of 2020, with more power than before and a higher starting price to boot.

    It’ll will arrive in showrooms on August 27, at which point it will go head-to-head with the Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X, and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

    This is the second generation of the HiLux-based Fortuner four-wheel drive, but the first to be sold in Australia.

    Externally, the new Fortuner is distinguished by refreshed styling described as “a more premium look”, which Toyota says reflects “the vehicle’s dual role as a comfortable urban transporter and rugged off-road explorer”.

    The front griller is larger and finished in black, both the front and rear bumpers have been revised with a new ‘skid plate’ design, there are new fog-light bezels, and slimmer headlight clusters with LED internals across the range.

    LED tail lights are also standard on the flagship Fortuner Crusade specification.


    • Fortuner GX: $49,080
    • Fortuner GXL: $54,350
    • Fortuner Crusade: $61,410

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    The 2020 Toyota Fortuner is only available with a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque.

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly quoted the Fortuner’s torque at 450Nm. It’s been amended to the correct 500Nm.

    It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and switchable four-wheel drive.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2020 Toyota Fortuner uses 7.6L/100km on the ADR combined city and highway cycle, improved by more than 11 per cent compared to the less powerful engine used in the pre-facelift Fortuner.


    The Fortuner measures 4795mm long, 1835mm tall and 1855mm wide, with a 2745mm wheelbase.

    The kerb weight of the Fortuner ranges from 2125kg to 2155kg depending on trim.

    With its extra muscle, the Fortuner’s braked-towing capacity has also been increased by 300 kilograms, now rated at 3100kg.


    The 2020 Toyota Fortuner has an ANCAP safety rating of five stars, with scores of 95 per cent in adult occupant protection, 84 per cent in child occupant protection, 88 per cent in vulnerable road user protection, and 78 per cent in safety assist.

    The range comes standard with autonomous emergency braking featuring pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, and trailer sway control.

    Standard Equipment

    The Fortuner GX comes standard with the following features:

    • Side steps
    • 60/40 split tumble-folding second-row seats
    • 50/50 split side-folding third row
    • Front, rear air conditioning
    • Air-conditioned cooler box
    • Rear differential lock
    • 4.2-inch multi-information display
    • Three 12V power sockets
    • Automatic headlamps
    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Six-speaker sound system
    • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian/cyclist detection
    • Lane departure warning
    • Road sign recognition
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Reversing camera
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Hill start assist
    • Trailer sway control

    The GX can be had with DAB radio and satellite navigation ($1000).

    Moving up to the Fortuner GXL you gain:

    • Privacy glass
    • Fog lights
    • Chrome exterior trim
    • Roof rails
    • Leatherette steering wheel
    • Paddle shifters
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Adjustable instrumentation lighting
    • Climate control
    • Satellite navigation
    • DAB+ digital radio
    • Hill-descent control
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Roof rails
    • LED fog lamps
    • Privacy glass

    The GXL can be optioned with leather-accented, powered front seats for $2500.

    Stepping into the range-topping Fortuner Crusade brings:

    • Alloy spare wheel
    • Powered tailgate
    • LED headlights
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Door courtesy lights
    • Faux woodgrain trim
    • Leather-accented interior
    • Eight-way powered driver’s seat
    • Soft-touch console box lid
    • 220V accessory port
    • Climate control
    • Self-levelling headlamps
    • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror


    Maintenance in the 2020 Toyota Fortuner is required every six months or 10,000km – whichever comes first.

    The Fortuner is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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