In foreign markets Toyota has announced the latest Fortuner Epic and Epic White. The updated Fortuner models, available in South Africa, do come with a 2.8-liter diesel engine and offer extra technical updates to the Fortuner model. The Epic versions effectively substitute the regular 2.8-liter diesel Fortuner which was previously on offer.
Outside, the Epic versions have a nudge bar attached to the front with ‘Epic’ marking and a tow bar at the back. Within, more subtler improvements are made to the room, such as metallic scuff plates and floor mats painted with ‘Epic.’ In top of this, the Fortuner Epic Black features a black-out windshield, wing mirrors, nudge bar and modern aluminum wheels.
On the front of the vehicles, all the Awesome models get all the gear from the outgoing 2.8 diesel series, such as LED headlamps, auto climate control, electric driver seat, speed control, rear view camera and infotainment touchscreen interface.
As described above, the Epic and Epic Black versions are available only with the sending power to either two or all four wheels of the 177hp, 2.8 liter diesel engine. An automatic six-speed gearbox is standard, and no manual gearbox alternative is required.
In comparison to India-spec Fortuner, the variant on sale in South Africa gets two diesel engines to choose from. The smaller 2.4-liter model – used in India’s Innova Crysta – comes in the lower models. A 2.7 liter petrol engine option is also available. Toyota’s upgraded the Fortuner here during the past few months to follow the latest BS6 pollution requirements.