Fortuner Off Road Features and performance

Toyota Fortuner Legender
Fortuner off road capability cannot be ignored and also It is undoubtedly the best selling SUV in the segment because of its road presence, build quality, Toyota’s reliability and of course the Fortuner off road capability. It is equipped with several features that help tackle difficult terrains.

Hill descent and hill hold

Legender off road
This feature is very important for off roading. When the car is going down steep slopes this feature kicks in. It keeps the car in lower gears so that engine braking will reduce the speed of the car and starts crawling down the slope. 
The Hill hold control comes into play when you are climbing the hill. When the vehicle is stopped in between the climb it is tricky to drive it up without going backwards. The hill hold assist holds the vehicle in place and does not move until you press the acceleration.

Active Traction Control

Legender climbing
Active Traction Control is a very important feature when it comes to off-roading. It comes into action when driving on slippery surfaces like snow and mud. This system gives power to the wheels that actually need it. Imagine one wheel is in the air with zero traction. The traction control system cuts-off power from that wheel sending it to the other wheel that has traction.

Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

Suspension
The LSD is a necessary system for off-roading. It detects the slip on the wheels and applies brake and gives more torque on the opposite wheels. It is very helpful in low traction situations. It is also helpful in uneven elevation where not all wheels are on the ground. The Fortuner also gets a Limited Slip Differential.

Toyota Fortuner Gearbox

Gear lever
The Massive torque of the engine is fed to the gearbox. The Toyota Fortuner gets a low gear box which is offered only in some serious off roaders. It allows the driver to select gears in the transfer case that can vector torque for front or rear wheels.

Electronic Drive Control

Electronic drive control unit
The Toyota Fortuner gets a high and low range 4WD (transfer case) with Electronic Drive Control. It allows the driver to select a range of driving modes. It also automatically adjusts by sensing the terrain. The Fortuner gets Toyota’s Innovative Multi-purpose Vehicle platform and the suspension system also adjusts the damping to provide maximum comfort.

Fortuner Off-road Acceleration

Fortuner Acceleration on slush
As we know the Fortuner is equipped with the Traction control system. Well, putting out 420Nm torque without a lot of traction does not make any sense but the Fortuner puts down its 2610kg weight to gain traction. There are plenty of wheel spins but it manages to reach 30kmph in 7.83s and 33.32m.

Fortuner Off-road Braking

braking off road
In on road condition ABS comes in handy by not locking the wheels and reducing distance. In the slush and muddy situation ABS means even longer stopping distance and times. The Fortuner covered 3.58m to stop from 30kmph. In these conditions engine braking will play a significant role meaning its better to keep it in a lower gear.

Fortuner off road: Hill Descent

Hill descent
The Toyota Fortuner drive camp demonstrates some of its off road capabilities. When it is enabled  it only takes slight acceleration that will move the vehicle into the slope and after that all you need is light steering input. The hill Descent control will kick in with consistent braking input that will glide you down the hill.

Water wading

Toyota Fortuner water wading
The Fortuner has a water wading capacity of 700mm that is 100mm less than the Ford Endeavor. The Fortuner drive camp has a slush pit that tests the water wading capacity. The Toyota Fortuner interior remains clean even The Fortuner gets a LSD that is not as good as a locking differential and passes this obstacle at a relatively slower pace. The Fortuner has a patented Toyota Auto LSD which also engages and disengages brakes similar to electronically locked differential.

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