Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 17 Nov 2016
How do you change a winning formula? This is a question Toyota set out to answer with the refreshed Fortuner and Hilux models. Part of a select group invited to sample the updates, I attended two days of action filled adventure around George and Knysna to find out what changes have been made to these two vehicles.
If you watch my video review in which I recently drove the new Toyota, I spoke at some length about how I feel it is more “Lexus,” than Toyota in feel. What I mean by this is that the Fortuner is now more luxurious in its current state than ever before. To improve things further, the countries best selling 7-seater suv now comes with leather as standard even within its lowest spec variant.
The Fortuner now offers even more luxury with the upgrade from 17″ to 18″ alloys as standard, as well as a full leather interior even on the most entry model.
The revised Fortuner also comes with bold new wheels, which help further distinguish its already classy and attractive appearance.
More than just a pretty face
Throughout the day, I was able to push the Fortuner through some rough and very rough rural passes towards Knysna. Despite its large body, the Fortuner remains easy to handle and exceptionally well composed.
With its high-riding body, you have no amount of confidence lacking on the rough stuff. I said it before and I’ll say it again, there is a reason Toyota sell so many Fortuners within our market, it represents darn good value, comfort, luxury and an overall package that’s hard to resist.
As South African’s it is no secret that we love a good Bakkie. The Toyota Hilux has been a firm favourite in this space for quite a while now. Other players have come along fighting within this space including Ford’s latest generation Ranger.
While it may come down to personal preference, there is simply no denying that if you are looking for the most in-demand luxury double cab within South Africa, the Hilux double easily take your fancy.
What’s Been Changed
The new Hilux recently came to market bringing with it a whole new face and wealth of features and standard specifications. Available in several popular engine variants, I was able to sample the SRX edition which has been updated to now include a wider body, new alloy wheels to replace the previous steel wheels and door mirror indicators.
The most significant change comes in the form of the change from the previous ‘narrow- body’ design to the new ‘wide-body’ construction which gives the Hilux SRX an even more angular, planted feel on the road than its predecessor.
With more than 30,000 examples of the Hilux SRX sold since introduction in February of this year, the success of the Hilux SRX really does speak for itself.
It was a real treat spending time driving both exceptionally capable vehicles both on and off the tarmac along part of the Western Cape garden route.
With the substantial changes made, prices of the both Toyota vehicles have remained virtually unchanged. You really are getting more here for your buck than ever before!
Hilux SA Model Pricing
2.7 VVTi RB SRX MT – From R385 800
2.4 GD-6 RB SRX MT (As Tested) – From R442 700
2.4 GD-6 4X4 SR – From R462 500
2.4 GD-6 4×4 SRX MT – From R468 800
2.8 GD-6 RB Raider MT – From R490 700
2.8 GD6 RB Raider AT – From R508 500
4.0 V6 RB RAIDER AT – From R527 400
2.8 GD6 4×4 Raider MT – From R508 500
4.0 V6 4X4 RAIDER AT – From R621 600
Fortuner SA Model Pricing
2.7 VVTi AT 4×2 – was R438 000, still R438 000
2.4 GD-6 4×2 – was R454 000, still R454 000
2.4 GD-6 AT 4×2 – was R471 800, still R471 800
2.8 GD-6 4×2 – was R534 200, now R535 800
2.8 GD-6 AT 4×2 – was R552 800, now R554 400
2.8 GD-6 4×4 – was R594 500, now R596 100
2.8 GD-6 AT 4×4 – was R613 200, now R614 800
4.0 V6 AT 4×4 – was R659 000, now R660 600
Having had the chance to experience the changes and sample some fun in the sun, the only thing left is to share some of the experience.
Click on the below video see the action packed adventure: