After what seemed like too much of uncertainty due to the diesel ban, Toyota willlaunch the new Fortuner in India this year. The all-new Toyota Fortuner will be launched in India in the first week of November.
Based on the all-new TNGA platform, the Fortuner shares most of its mechanicals with the Innova Crysta as well as the Hilux pick-up. The new platform, Toyota says, makes its cars lighter yet stiffer. This in turn improves high-speed handling, stability as well as crash worthiness.
Toyota has also thoroughly re-engineered the Fortuner. This includes a new face with projector headlamps, DRLs and an imposing face. The 19-inch wheels and those imposing arches too look muscular. Inside, there is a hi-res touchscreen infotainment system and seven comfortable seats.
Under the hood, the Fortuner shares its engines with the Innova - a 148PS 2.4-litre and a 177PS 2.8-litre diesel engine. Both these engines will be available with the choice of a 6-speed manual and auto transmission.
Toyota will also offer the new Fortuner with a 4x4 option. It is likely that there will also be a petrol engine in the mix.
When Toyota first introduced the Fortuner in India, it was a runaway success. Butch looks, decent interiors, an efficient diesel engine and 4x4 option was hard to ignore in a segment which had the ageing Endeavour and CR-V as its main rivals. It still sells in decent numbers;however, the all-new Endeavour is now our pick in the segment. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the new Fortuner and a comparison test will help us determine which one is better.