Toyota India has been on a roll this year with the launch of the all-new Innova Crysta setting new benchmarks for the segment and the brand. Close on those footsteps comes the Innova’s corporate sibling – the all-new Fortuner. Sharing the TNGA underpinnings with the Crysta, the Fortuner comes with petrol and diesel engine options at launch itself. The Fortuner also gets three trim levels with the Sigma being the range topping trim. The prices for new new Fortuner range between Rs 25.92 lakh – 31.12 lakh, ex-Delhi
The diesel option comes with the 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel that produces 177PS of power and 420Nm/450Nm(AT) of torque. Toyota is offering this engine with the choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is a torque converter and comes with sequential shift mode and paddle shifters. It also gets cruise control. Also optional is a 4×4 drivetrain. The latter comes with 18-inch wheels, high and low range options (electrically controlled) and additional electronic assists like hill ascent and descent control and active traction control that can automatically apply the brakes to individual wheels when the situation demands it. Choice of trims for either of the mechanical options is limited, of course.
The Fortuner was launched today in Delhi amidst the dreaded smog situation. So if the authorities come cracking down on large capacity diesel engines yet again, the Fortuner is prepared with a petrol option as well. It is powered by the same 2.7-litre naturally aspirated four cylinder motor that we recently tested with the Innova Crysta. The engine is good for 166PS and 245Nm. This engine too comes with two transmission options – a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with sequential shift and paddle shifters.
New features to the Fortuner lineup include a powered tailgate which also comes with a memory function to set the maximum opening height for the tailgate as per the owner’s preference. Other exterior features include automated dual beam LED headlamps, LED DRLs and tail lamps. On the inside, you get a three row, 2+3+2 seven seater arrangement like the previous model, with individual A/C vents, 12V sockets and reading lamps for each. The second row is adjustable for reach and recline and comes with a 60:40 split for the seats. The Fortuner claims a larger cabin space now, with more comfortable seating. Notable safety features include up to seven airbags, vehicle stability control, safer seats and the better impact absorption capabilities of the new chassis.
The Fortuner is still based on a ladder frame chassis and is suspended by a double wishbone arrangement at the front and multi-link cool spring setup at the rear. In terms of design, the Toyota Fortuner adopts the brands new design direction which makes it appear leaner, sportier and more Land Cruiser-ish with its walrus-tooth like extensions around the headlights. In fact, Toyota’s aim was to make the new Fortuner as Land Cruiser-like as possible meaning it wanted the new SUV to be more plush and upmarket compared to the relatively more utilitarian approach of the previous one – thanks to its Hilux roots. Is it as luxurious as it promises to be then? Read our first drive review to find out.