The hold-up is finally done with as Toyota has launched the much-anticipated all-new Fortuner that has been completely redesigned in the Indian market.
The new Fortuner will be offered in six new variants depending on whether the car is milled by petrol or a diesel engine, if it has automatic or manual transmission and if the drive is a rear-wheel or an all-wheel drive-type. The redesigned SUV was first launched in Thailand and has now arrived in India. The premium SUV which has been completely overhauled in comparison to its previous version marks the second major launch in India from the Japanese automaker after it had launched the Innova Crysta.
The all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner has been revamped, steering clear of the aged versions of its predecessors, which has been underpinned by the latest TNGA platform. The brand-new architecture has helped the SUV to shed some weight, which enables better handling of the model, apart from improving the drive. The structuring of the new Toyota Fortuner has moved away from the hoydenish appeal to give a more urban styling.
The second generation Toyota Fortuner arrives with a refreshed and a compelling design which though is practical is still tough. The new SUV gets a large sloping grille which is accompanied by a thick chrome frame on the sides which extends up to the LED projector headlamps that are all-new, aggressive, and sleek which come along with LED daytime running lamps. The new bumper comes with deeply caved-in fog lamps apart from the chrome highlights that accentuate the overall presence of the premium SUV. The fearless character of the new Fortuner carries on across the complete length of the automobile with chrome interlopes that run along its entire belt-line. At the back side, the new Fortuner comes with analogous LED tail lamps that are sleek with a valorous chrome strip in between them.
Coming to the insides of the SUV, the interiors have been completely overhauled as well. Toyota has treated the new Fortuner, just like the Innova Crysta that was launched recently, with features that include the leather upholstery, the infotainment system which comes with a touch-screen display apart from the navigation techniques and automatic climate control to list out a few.
The Powerhouse Details
Under the hood, the new Toyota Fortuner is power driven by the same engines which also run the new Innova Crysta. The engine variants include a 2.8-litre diesel motor and a 2.7-litre petrol power train. Toyota has pulled up the engine so that its suits the characteristics of the SUV in a better way. The diesel motor produces a power of 177PS and generates a peak torque of 450Nm for the automatic version that is available in between 1600 – 2400 rpm, whereas it generates a 420 Nm for the manual version. The diesel engine comes mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, for both 2WD and 4WD types. Whereas, the petrol motor, on the other hand, is capable of producing a maximum power of 166PS at 5200 rpm and generates a peak torque of 245Nm at 4000 rpm, and it is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission or with a 6-speed automatic transmission, that is available only in the 2-wheel drive type.
The Other Features
Apart from the top-notch engine variants and amazing interiors, the new Toyota Fortuner comes loaded with tech-savvy infotainment systems, apart from the seven airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Control, and much more. The Downhill Assist Control is available only for the four-wheel drive types.
The Pricing Details
With the new Fortuner now available in both the petrol and diesel engine options, the price of the base 2.7-litre petrol variant ranges from around Rs 25.92 lakh (ex-showroom price in Delhi) to the Rs. 27.61 lakh for the high-end model (ex-showroom price in Delhi). For the 2.8-litre diesel version, the price ranges from about Rs 27.52 lakh (ex-showroom price in Delhi) up to Rs 31.12 lakh (ex-showroom price in Delhi) for the top-spec diesel variant.
When it comes to the competition front, the brand-new, redesigned Toyota Fortuner escalates up against the suites of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Ford Endeavour.