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Al-Markazia Announces the Arrival of the All-new Fortuner Refined Style for an Exceptional Driving Experience to the Kingdom

 

Amman, Jordan May 2016: Al-Markazia, the sole distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Hino trucks in

Jordan, announced the launch of the 2016 Fortuner in the Jordanian market. This second

generation model builds on its heritage of being a durable sport utility vehicle (SUV) with

impressive off-road capabilities. With the new Fortuner, Toyota has focused on creating a more

distinctive, sleek and powerful design while improving performance and adding a wide variety

of features to increase convenience, safety and ride comfort.

While commenting on this launch, the Sales and Marketing Director and Deputy General

Manager at Al-Markazia Nadim Haddad said, “The all-new Fortuner is the outcome of Toyota’s

continuous efforts to redefine toughness while offering sports-car lovers powerful vehicles with

drastically improved off-road capabilities. This model has a new stronger frame which enables

the vehicle to withstand rough road conditions, in addition to an improved four-link suspension

system for a more comfortable drive. We are pleased to offer this new model to our customers

in the Kingdom, because we want nothing more than to have them drive the latest vehicle and

enjoy all its new features which are characterized by innovation, premium utility and safety.”

Toyota has created a new “Solid Fluidity” design language for the Fortuner which expresses

toughness and wideness through the high body axis, the bulging wheel arch flares as well as the

chunky trapezoidal front bumper.

The large, slanted upper grille is framed by thick chrome plating that extends around the sleek,

aggressive headlamps, while the prominent trapezoidal front bumper creates a sense of depth.

Sophistication and refinement on the other hand is reflected in the detailing – slender headlight

clusters that are fused with the front fenders, the three lines that score the sculpted roof line

and flanks, as well as the sleek rear combination lamps and license plate garnish that blend with

the complex surfaces of the rear body.

The Fortuner has a tough yet smart rear design that defies the typical unrefined image of an

SUV. The rounded upper body is highlighted by chrome-plated moulding that wraps around

from the sides to the back glass and is in contrast to the shape of the rear bumper, which has

protruding corners. The sleek, thin rear combination lamps and license plate garnish blend

gracefully with the rear body.

There are 8 exterior colours: Phantom Brown ME, Nebula Blue ME, Super White 2, White Pearl

CS, Silver ME, Attitude Black MC, Gray ME and Avant-Garde Bronze ME. Phantom Brown has

been newly developed to offer appeal to the new Fortuner, with highlights that glimmer in the

light. Luxury is expressed in two shades of brown. One offers richness and depth, while the

other glimmers with high material quality regardless of being in the city or off-road.

The Fortuner’s ample cabin space is complemented by superb convenience features,

culminating in a sublime driving experience. The interior exhibits the toughness of an SUV,

tempered with the elegance of a premium sedan. A focal point of the dashboard architecture is

the vertical centre cluster flanked by columns of soft simulated leather upholstery that offer leg

support from both sides. In fact, soft-touch textures and exquisite chrome detailing liberally

pepper the cabin; all beautifully harmonising with the clear blue interior illumination.

The interior has stylish white ambient lighting which is easy on the eyes and is used throughout

the interior of the vehicle, creating a warm atmosphere that passengers enjoy. The air

conditioner not only maintains a comfortable cabin temperature, but it can also be used to

warm or chill drinks. It has a high-efficiency compressor which decreases engine load and

enhances cooling performance, contributing to excellent fuel economy performance.

Other innovative touches (model dependent) include a 7-inch tablet-inspired multimedia

touchscreen display that allows easy operation of both the audio and navigation systems, 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

for simple and convenient stowage. There are no fewer than 15 storage areas in the new

Fortuner.

In terms of seats, two sophisticated colours, Brown and Chamois, further enhance the sense of

material quality available for the luxurious genuine leather seats. The front seats are given a

sporty seat shape that flares out at the shoulders on both sides. A comfortable length for the

front seat cushions has been ensured, while the cushioning has been optimised to enhance

support. The cushion shape for the second-row seat has been optimised to provide better

support, enhancing ride comfort. The folding process for the second-row seat (as passengers

enter or exit the third-row seats) has been simplified.

With a full-colour display, the Rear View Monitor System ensures peace of mind when reverse

parking. Drag and flick (similar to that of smartphones and tablet devices) operation is also

supported. The Auxiliary (AUX) and Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports have been equipped near

the console tray, where small items can be stored. Smartphones and portable media devices

can be used freely. The Fortuner also has a 6 speaker specialised audio equalizer to achieve

low-distortion playback at low range and a clear playback at middle to high range.

The Fortuner has a 4.2-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) type Multi-information Display which is

flanked by strips of blue ambient light on each side. It is located on the dashboard in between

the speedometer and the RPM gauge. It shows driving information, navigation display function,

Eco Drive Indicator (Eco Judge/Eco Wallet), idling-stop time and also has an audio operation

function. An entertainment display function is also provided.

 

The vehicle is also equipped with a power back door system that can be opened and closed

electronically with a switch. With the memory function, users have the option of storing an

automatic stop position for each time the back door opens.

The Fortuner is available with a wide range of petrol and diesel engine options to choose from.

The available petrol engines include a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine which produces 164hp and

25.0 Kg-m of torque and the 4.0-litre V6 engine, which churns out 235hp and 38.3 Kg-m of

torque. The diesel engine features a 2.4-litre turbo, which produces 147hp and 40.8Kg-m of

torque.

 

The Fortuner has a 6-speed automatic transmission which maximises engine potential and

multi-stage gears optimised to improve drive force in the low-speed range. Optimised gear

ratios have been set to provide an acceleration feel with powerful torque. A 5-speed manual

transmission is also available.

 

The Fortuner has a newly developed frame structure with rigidity increased to the limit,

delivering exceptional toughness in the harshest environments while preventing torsion and

distortion to provide a stable driving experience. More spot welding points have been used and

body rigidity has been increased, thereby improving steering response. As a result, the feeling

of steering input and rear end grip are enhanced.

 

On the ride and handling front, an all-new frame has been bolstered by strengthened cross

members, side rails and suspension towers, enhancing the torsional and bending rigidity of the

frame. This not only improves durability, but also enhances quality and safety.

The Fortuner’s suspension comfortably absorbs the vibration to provide a ride that you would

expect from a luxury SUV. The suspension uses a double wishbone (front) and a four-link

suspension (rear) combination that has been redesigned for optimised comfort. An additional

rear stabiliser has been installed to aid on-the- road smoothness and stability.

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There is a Drive Mode Switch which offers a choice of ECO or POWER driving, while an easy-to-

use 4WD Switch is also equipped. The Drive Mode Switch allows the driver to select a preferred

drive mode – Eco for optimum economy or Power for enhanced acceleration. The Eco Mode

reduces power consumption in relation to acceleration and cooling in consideration of the

environment. Fuel economy is further improved. The Power Mode provides sharper

acceleration response, ensuring a more agile drive. A dial type 4WD switch is equipped with a

sleek design and is easier to operate compared to the previous lever type switch.

The steering wheel has a Tilt & Telescopic steering column and features a bold shape, a

substantial pad and thick chrome ornamentation which combine in harmony with the

instrument panel. A paddle shift allows gear changes without releasing the wheel for a sporty

drive.

 

The Fortuner is fitted with newly developed 17-inch all-terrain tires, which boast high running

performance both on and off-road. Newly developed 18-inch highway-terrain tyres have also

been designed for the road. The new tread pattern takes into consideration noise reduction on

paved roads and fuel economy performance, in addition to contributing to stable driving.

The Fortuner is equipped with comprehensive safety systems to protect its occupants. These

include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). In

addition to ABS, which prevents the tyres from locking during braking, EBD is equipped to

perform measured brake force distribution between the front and rear wheels according to the

vehicle condition. As a result, the force required to operate the brake pedal is reduced,

ensuring strong braking performance.

The Fortuner comes with the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) for the front seats along

with a knee airbag for the driver. In terms of seatbelts, a three-point Emergency Locking

Retractor (ELR) seatbelt is equipped on all seats. When impact is suddenly applied during a

collision, the seatbelt locks to restrain the passenger. A pretensioner and force limiter function

are also provided for the front seat belts. When a strong impact is received, the seat belt

instantly retracts to prevent load exceeding a specified amount from being applied to the seat

belt, reducing impact to the chest of the passenger during a collision. A top tether anchor

compatible with the Child Restraint System (CRS) is present for the second-row seat.