The latest generation Toyota Fortuner features host of cosmetic and interior changes overs its predecessor; gets powered by 2.8L diesel and 2.7L petrol engines
We uncovered at the beginning of 2016 that the new Toyota Fortuner was patented for India and as we predicted the launch of the all-new version of the highly-popular Fortuner SUV had happened in the month of November that year. Within two months of its market entry, over 10,000 orders were received and by the end of March 2017 a total of over 10,000 units were delivered.
In April 2017 though, the Fortuner outsold the flagship Mahindra XUV500 with sales of 2,226 units over the latter’s 1,999 units. The month of July 2017 saw Fortuner helping Toyota to register its best ever July month sales (43% growth) with its personal highest of over 3,400 units. It only underlines the enduring popularity of the premium SUV as it completed 2017 with a total of over 24,000 units. The latest model comes with raft of mechanical and design revisions whilst being built on a new ladder frame chassis. The upgrade was due since 2009 and it worth the wait.
The raise in sales of the latest-gen Ford Endeavour launched in January 2016 could have put some pressure on the Toyota strategists in hurrying the entry as Fortuner’s sale subsequently saw some dip since the American SUV’s arrival. Moreover, the new Fortuner was also expected to rumble up the market share of Toyota which enjoys success in the premium space with Innova Crysta.
As predicted, the new generation Toyota Fortuner has caused huge impact in the premium SUV space and now sits alongside Innova as the brand’s top-selling vehicles in India. The seven-seater SUV has dynamic new approach to the exterior design which are topped off by the premium interiors alongside a fresh line-up of engines as its people-carrier sibling, the Innova Crysta. Here’s a lowdown of all the vital information you need to know about the Fortuner:
The Fortuner comprises of seven variants, with four two-wheel drive variants and three four-wheel drive variants. They are 4×2 MT (p), 4×2 AT (p), 4×2 MT (d), 4×2 AT (d), 4×4 MT (d) and 4×4 AT (d). They are accompanied by a TRD Sportivo edition with exterior enhancements.
Toyota Fortuner Prices
|Toyota Fortuner Prices:||Ex-showroom Price|
|Toyota Fortuner 2.8 Ltr MT Diesel 4×2||Rs. 27.27 Lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner 2.8 Ltr MT Diesel 4×4||Rs. 29.71 Lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner 2.8 Ltr AT Diesel 4×2||Rs. 29.53 Lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner 2.8 Ltr AT Diesel 4×4||Rs. 31.48 Lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner 2.7 Ltr MT Petrol 4×2||Rs. 25.71 Lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner 2.7 Ltr AT Petrol 4×2||Rs. 27.35 Lakh|
|Toyota Fortuner 2.8 Ltr AT Diesel TRD||Rs. 31.02 Lakh|
Toyota Fortuner Engine, Performance and Mileage
|Engine||2.8-litre diesel / 2.7-litre petrol|
|Power||174 bhp / 166 bhp|
|Torque||420 Nm or 450 Nm / 245 Nm|
|Transmission||six-speed manual or six-speed AT / five-speed manual or six-speed AT|
|Mileage||14.24 kmpl (MT) & 12.9 kmpl (AT) / 10.01 kmpl (MT) & 10.26 kmpl (AT)|
The GD series 2.8 litre diesel engine replaced the old KD series unit. The diesel motor returns mileage of 14.24 kmpl (MT) & 12.9 kmpl (AT) as the GD series is said to be 10% more frugal courtesy of Superior Thermal Efficient Combustion (ESTEC) and variable geometric turbocharger techs. The 2.8L motor also power the Innova Crysta MPV.
The 2.8-litre diesel mill has the capacity to churn out 177 PS of power at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm whereas the manual versions will have 30 Nm less torque with the same power output. A six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters will be employed in the top-spec models while a six-speed manual is offered as standard. Both 2WD and 4WD options are sold in diesel variants.
The Innova Crysta derived 2.7-litre four-cylinder Dual VVTi petrol develops 166 bhp at 5,200 rpm of maximum power and 245 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Mileage: 10.01 kmpl (MT) & 10.26 kmpl (AT). The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic (with paddle shift) transmission options and is available only in the 2WD version.
Toyota Fortuner Colours
The all-new Toyota Fortuner comes in seven colour options: White Pearl, Silver, Gray, Attitude Black, Nebula Blue, Phantom Brown and Avant-grade Bronze.
Toyota Fortuner Exterior
The latest Toyota Fortuner is based on the Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform that underpins Innova and Hilux Revo pickup truck. The new architecture will aid in improving off-road credentials of the SUV. The exterior largely resembles the styling of Australian-spec SUV with quirky pillar cuts and a slightly sloped roof.
The sleek front fascia features V-shaped triple-slat grille with chrome touches, Bi Beam LED projector headlamps with Daytime Running Lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, powered back lift gate, integrated turn indicators on electrically adjustable ORVMs, shark fin antenna, redesigned fog lamps, muscular wheel arches, rear spoiler and sloping roofline. Looking at it, the new model adds more premiumness over the erstwhile Fortuner as it’s sharp and sturdy in appearance.
On the inside, the Fortuner has the T Connect eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, three-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls, new instrument cluster with large colour TFT LCD display, automatic climate control, cabin lamps, rear automatic AC, wooden cabin trims on higher variants, multi-adjustable electric driver seat, cruise control, different off-road modes and engine start/stop button.
Toyota Fortuner Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||225 mm|
It measure about 4,795 mm in length which is 90 mm longer than the predecessor. The new Fortuner is 1,855 mm wide (15 mm wider than the existing Fortuner) and 1,835 mm tall (15 mm shorter than the present model) with 2,750 mm wheelbase as identical to the previous Fortuner SUV.
The fuel tank capacity stands at 80 litres while the SUV features a ground clearance of 225 mm. The comfortable ride will be ensured by double wishbone with stabiliser bar up front and five-link, coil springs with stabiliser bar at the rear.
Toyota Fortuner Safety Features
The list of safety features the Fortuner comprises are engine immobilizer, seven airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Emergency Brake Signal, Hill Assist Control, Reverse parking camera and sensors, Stability Control and Active Traction Control system among others. The bullet-proof reliability is ensured courtesy of the vehicle passing through the stringent Latin NCAP crash tests rated with five stars.
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Toyota Fortuner Key Rivals
The Toyota Fortuner rival against usual nemesis in the premium SUV segment like Ford Endeavour and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport as well as latest entrants Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq.