Toyota India has just launched the all-new Fortuner at a starting price of Rs 25.92 lakh. The new Toyota Fortuner is available in three trims with the top Sigma trim priced at Rs 31.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Fortuner is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture which is shared with the Innova Crysta and the Hilux. The 2017 Toyota Fortuner gets an aggressive design and looks sharper than its predecessor. In India, the all-new Fortuner will compete with the Ford Endeavour and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Here's a look at how all three rivals stack up against one another on paper.
The new Toyota Fortuner is being offered with a petrol as well as a diesel engine options. It gets the same 2.7-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine thatalso does duty in the Innova Crysta. In the Fortuner, this petrol engine makes 166PS and 245Nm of torque. It is being offered with the choice of a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. It is the only SUV in this trio which offers buyers the choice of a petrol engine.
The Fortuner diesel is powered by a 2.8-litre 4-cylinder engine which generates 177PS and 420Nm of torque. The diesel engine is being offered with the choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The automatic version makes a higher 450Nm of torque.
In comparison, the Ford Endeavour is available with the choice of two diesel engines. There's a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder engine which makes 160PS and 385Nm of torque. This engine offers buyers the choice of a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The bigger, more powerful 3.2-litre 5-cylinder unit produces 200PS and 470Nm of torque. It is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Santa Fe is the only SUV in this bunch which is being offered with one diesel engine. It is powered by a 2.2-litre motor which generates 197PS and 420Nm of torque. Buyers get the choice of a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Fortuner petrol is available only with two-wheel drive. However, the Fortuner diesel is being offered in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants. The Ford Endeavour 2.2-litre diesel is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive variants. In comparison, the Endeavour 3.2-litre diesel is being offered only in the four-wheel drive variant. Hyundai is offering the Santa Fe in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive variants.
The new Toyota Fortuner measures 4,795mm in length, 1,855 mm in width and 1,835mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,745mm and a ground clearance of 225mm.
The Ford Endeavour has a length of 4,892mm, a width of 1,860mm and a height of 1,837mm. It is longer than the Fortuner by 97mm and is slightly wider and taller too. It has a wheelbase of 2,850mm which is 105mm more than the Endeavour but gets an identical ground clearance.
In comparison, the Hyundai Santa Fe measures 4,690mm in length, 1,880mm in width and 1,690mm in height. However, it is shorter than the Fortuner and the Endeavour by 105mm and 202mm respectively. At 2,700mm it has the smallest wheelbase in this trio.
All Toyota Fortuner trims come equipped with ABS and airbags as standard. The top trim gets seven airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, hill assist control and downhill assist control as standard. There's also a powered tailgate with memory function, LED headlamps and tail lamps, and the second row is adjustable for reach and recline. It even gets cruise control, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, eight-way electrically adjustable drivers' seat while the four-wheel drive variants offer high and low range. The new Fortuner also has two drive modes - Eco and Power.
The top Endeavour trim too gets an eight-way electrically adjustable driver's seat with LED headlamps and tail lamps. In terms of safety features, it gets seven airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability programme, traction control system, hill launch assist and hill descent control.
The Hyundai Santa Fe comes equipped with cruise control, four airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill start assist, downhill brake control and brake assist. It's the only one in this bunch that gets a 12-way electrically adjustable driver's seat.
On paper, the Ford Endeavour 3.2 4WD AT appears to be the most promising package. It is the most powerful and has the longest wheelbase which suggests that it will offer a good amount of cabin space. Also, it costs Rs 1.35 lakh less than the Fortuner 2.8-litre 4WD AT and a substantial Rs 4.04 lakh less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.