Toyota Fortuner sales have reached over one lakh units in total as the new gen model is hoped to continue the success story
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. today officially announced that the Japanese company has sold over one lakh units of its premium SUV, the highly-popular Fortuner in the Indian market. The big five-seater entered the domestic space in 2009 and since then it has been the unassailable leader in its segment.
Continuing the dominance of its predecessor, the second-gen Fortuner received over 6,000 bookings within the first few weeks of its launch. Toyota retailed close to 2,000 examples last month clocking a growth of over 80 percent growth when compared to the sales in the corresponding November month in 2015.
It has been revealed that the new Fortuner has close to 5,000 pending orders which that are expected to be delivered to the customers at the earliest. Toyota hopes to build the brand’s success story with the new Fortuner that features a brand new design language, improved cabin and features along with a new family of petrol and diesel engines.
The first-gen Fortuner was launched in India with a single AWD variant comprising of a 3.0-litre common-rail turbo diesel engine. As demands started to increase, Toyota decided to showcase a two-wheel drive configured manual and auto ‘box versions of the same engine at the 2012 Auto Expo before eventually entering them the market.
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In January 2015, the 3.0-litre 4×4 AT was introduced with a new 2.5-litre turbo-diesel 2WD mated to either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Observing the growing sales of the immensely capable new generation Ford Endeavour, launched in January this year, Toyota reacted swiftly and brought forth an all-new Fortuner in November.
As an instant impact, it reclaimed the top position as 1,924 units were sold in November as against Endeavour’s 562. Currently, the Fortuner gets powered by the new GD series 2.8-litre diesel engine making 177 bhp and 450 Nm while the 2.7-litre petrol develops 166 bhp and 245 Nm. Transmission duties are done by six-speed manual or auto with option of two and four-wheel drive systems.