Toyota Fortuner Limousine is built in Guwahati by DC Design; estimated to totally cost around Rs. 70 lakh
Toyota Fortuner is serving the purpose of being the most desired premium SUV from the Japanese manufacturer for many years in India. The capable off-roader has had a worthy contender in the new generation Ford Endeavour since the start of this year and therefore Toyota decided to give its potent SUV a major upgrade with a new version.
However, what you are seeing here is more than just an upgrade and in fact diverging from what Toyota has made the Fortuner for in the first place. What you are seeing here is an old generation Fortner being treated with a lot of effort and turned into a limousine. Some of the design elements do identify the limo as the old generation Fortuner.
Created by the world-renowned DC Design, the production time for the limo is just three months. Built at Guwahati, the customisation alone costs Rs. 40 lakh as the total cost including purchase of the standard Fortuner would lead to an estimated value of Rs. 70 lakh.
Up front, you could see the signature headlamps being slightly reworked with projector units while the muscular hood scoop has been retained along with inclining bonnet lines. It features hexagonal grille mesh, aggressive front bumper and an F1 badge replacing the traditional Toyota’s.
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The side profile receives the wheelbase extension that highlights the lengthier nature of limousine. But the original profile behind the B-pillar in the regular model looks identical from the C-pillar of the Fortuner limo, suggesting a carefully manipulated customisation job from chassis to other mechanical components. The roof-mounted spoiler has been kept in place and thankfully there is no roof rail spoiling the limousine’s look.
The rear-end gains reworked tail lamps and single exhaust pipes on either side. DC concentrated on making the interior as plush as possible as it would always do with its custom-made vehicles. In the middle, the modifications have caused an executive cabin appeal with seating capacity for four persons.
There’s provision for phone and the seats can be multi-way adjusted. Besides a big TV, the door panels and other elements have been adorned with wood touches as well for adding premium feel. It could be powered by the same 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre common rail turbo diesel engine of the older-gen Fortuner connected to a five-speed manual transmission.