Toyota Fortuner mild-hybrid debuts in South Africa

Updated Apr 22, 2024 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It boasts more fuel efficiency without sacrificing power. 

Toyota has officially debuted the Fortuner 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) model in South Africa in two variants - a 4x2 and a 4x4 version. It is still based on the current second-generation AN160 model but its 2.8-liter turbodiesel mill is now paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

Toyota Fortuner mild-hybrid for the South African market

Toyota Fortuner mild-hybrid for the South African market

In total, this new Fortuner MHEV for the South African market still outputs 201 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. But Toyota claims that it is 10 percent more fuel efficient compared to the non-hybrid version. For context, the brand says that the VX 4x4 mild-hybrid trim, in particular, can return up to 13.15 km/l on average. 

Like the regular non-hybrid Fortuner, the new Fortuner MHEV uses a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. It also features a 4x2 (rear-wheel-drive) drivetrain or a part-time 4x4 drivetrain with a locking differential. 

Appearance-wise, there isn’t much on the Fortuner MHEV that sets it apart from the locally Available Fortuner LTD. It still gets LED exterior lighting, blacked-out exterior pieces, and the same eye-catching front fascia. 

Inside the Fortuner mild-hybrid

Inside the Fortuner mild-hybrid

The interior likewise remains unchanged and is filled with a wealth of comfort features. Like the locally available top-spec Fortuner trims, it likewise boasts the Toyota Safety Sense advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) comprising of adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning, among others. 

Of note, the Toyota Fortuner MHEV features the same powertrain as the Toyota Hilux mild-hybrid. The latter debuted in Australia back in February 2024 after a rigorous demo run at the 2023 World Rally Championship in Kenya. 

This new electrified version of the Fortuner sounds promising, so we’re hoping that it’ll reach our shores soon. We’re quite optimistic about this since it is apparent that Toyota’s global push for hybridization is going strong. This is shown by the recent launch of the refreshed Toyota Corolla Cross which came into the market with an all-hybrid variant lineup. 

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Know more about Toyota Fortuner 2024

Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner 2023 sold in our market spans six five trim levels and 11 variants. Toyota Fortuner prices in the Philippines range from PHP 1,633,000 for the Fortuner G 2.4 M/T to PHP 2,509,000 for the flagship GR Sport 2.8 A/T. This midsize SUV spans two turbodiesel options, with most of the range equipped with a 6-speed automatic gearbox (6-speed manual for the base variant) as well as a 4x2 drivetrain (4x4 is available on the LTD trim and is standard on the GR Sport). The Fortuner brings a length of 4,795mm, a width of 1,855mm, and a height of 1,835mm on a 2,745mm wheelbase. 

The lowest monthly installment starts at Php 19,683 for the G 2.4 4x2, with 60-month payment terms on a 50 percent downpayment. As a contender in the midsize SUV segment, the Toyota Fortuner faces off against a slew of rivals including the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Nissan Terra, Ford Everest, Isuzu mu-X, and Foton Toplander

₱ 1,736,000 - ₱ 2,595,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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