Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The $47,490 (before on-road costs) Fortuner GXL is the beneficiary of a recent $5500 price cut. In a highly competitive market segment, this is a big reduction from the original price. In fact, it’s now as cheap as the entry level GX used to be.
Toyota has even added extra kit… well, it’s added a new multimedia touchscreen system that incorporates satellite navigation.
Seven seats, LED tail-lights, air conditioning, cloth interior, a chilled centre console bin, the aforementioned 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system with sat nav and Bluetooth are standard on the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel powered GXL, which comes stock with a six-speed manual gearbox.
It also has push-button start and keyless entry, a colour TFT display for the dash, hill descent control, roof rails and fog lights over and above the spec level of the entry-level GX.
You’ll need to find $2000 more to spec it with a six-speed auto, while an all-leather interior with powered front seats is available for an additional $2500.
A half-leather wrapped steering wheel and old-fashioned rubber mats round out the spec.
It goes up against rivals like the Ford Everest Trend at $58,990 (Ford will suggest its seven-seater competes against the Prado, but given its origins as a Ranger, we don’t necessarily agree), the $53,000 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Exceed seven-seater and Isuzu’s MU-X LS-U ($50,300).