PRICE CHOP FOR FOR­TUNER

TOY­OTA ADDS STAN­DARD FEA­TURES AND TRIMS PRIC­ING OF ITS FOR­TUNER LINE-UP.

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PRICE cuts across Toy­ota’s For­tuner line-up now sees en­try into the range be­gin­ning at $42,590 for the base model GX man­ual. It’s now cheaper than ever be­fore to sit your der­riere in one of the For­tuner’s seven seats, with price drops of be­tween $5000 and $5500 across the board.

In ad­di­tion to the price drops, each vari­ant within the For­tuner line-up has been im­proved with ad­di­tional fea­tures. On GX mod­els, rear park­ing sen­sors are now stan­dard and 17-inch al­loy wheels re­place the out­go­ing steel­ies; the mid-range GXL re­ceives the op­tion of sat-nav and Toy­ota Link con­nec­tiv­ity; and, de­spite a $5K price cut, the range-top­ping Crusade gets an 11-speaker JBL au­dio sys­tem as well as heated, eight-way power-ad­justable driver and front-pas­sen­ger seats. LEDS re­place the halo­gen fog lamps.

Tony Cramb, Toy­ota Australia’s ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing, said the changes would meet the de­sires of con­sumers who seek an off-roader but still de­sire the niceties and com­forts of an SUV.

“For­tuner’s up­dates are based on spe­cific feed­back from our deal­ers and our guests, re­flect­ing Toy­ota’s com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment,” Cramb said. “The added fea­tures fur­ther boost the ap­peal of For­tuner, which is recog­nised for of­fer­ing the space,

com­fort, con­ve­nience and qual­ity of an SUV while de­light­ing own­ers with its prodi­gious of­froad abil­ity,” he said.

The changes will hope­fully spark sales for Toy­ota’s seven-seater, with the September VFACTS re­port in­di­cat­ing sales of the For­tuner are down 40.4 per cent YTD when com­pared to this time last year.

VFACTS re­ports that 190 For­tuners left the show­room floor in September and 1960 For­tuners have been sold so far in 2017.

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