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Since being first released in 2016, the second-generation Toyota Fortuner has been one of the most popular cars in the UAE. Utilizing the same platform as the popular Hilux pickup truck, the Fortuner has carved a reputation for being a highly versatile SUV that offers a lot of value for buyers.
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With a refreshed exterior design for 2016, the 2017 Fortuner carries little design changes from the previous year’s model. Slightly smaller and narrower compared to the Land Cruiser, the Fortuner still occupies a lot of space, plus it looks larger than it really is. Ground clearance is slightly lower for this model, presumably to improve its stance and its on-road handling capabilities.
The Fortuner boasts a high-quality interior that you come to expect with an automobile built by Toyota. High-quality materials are used for the trim and that premium-looking fit and finish. The amount of space in the cabin is remarkable. It can provide comfortable seating for 5 full-sized adults, 7 if the third-row seats are used. Luggage space is also abundant. With the third-row seats folded, cargo space climbs up to more than 700 liters, matching that of larger SUVs.
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The 2017 Fortuner comes loaded with all kinds of amenities. It features air conditioning vents in all 3 rows, ensuring that everyone rides in full comfort even in the intense heat of the UAE. There are also interesting features such as drink compartments and a trio of 12-volt outlets. The 225mm ride height, combined with a high approach and departure angle, give the Fortuner enough clearance to overcome most obstacles.
The Fortuner utilizes a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with a maximum output of 160 horsepower and 245 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. A more powerful 4.0-liter V6 engine is also available. Using the underpinnings of the Hilux certainly has its advantages. It features the 4-wheel drive system of the Hilux, giving it superior off-road capabilities. Combine that with an upgraded suspension featuring coil springs in the rear, and you have comfortable yet very capable all-terrain weapon.
Combining great performance and remarkable refinement at a stellar price, the 2017 Toyota Fortuner provides a great option for those looking for an affordably-priced SUV. With prices starting at AED 110,000, this workhorse from Toyota provides a lot of bang for the buck.