Posted by: JOEL VAZ on Nov 30 2016
Another awesome product from the house of Toyota’s is the new and robust Fortuner which is by far the most capable and great vehicle with toughness and technology to take on any route you’re about to conquer. Now, it’s much more improved, much more sophisticated from the previous models being Built on the highly modular Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) platform the car is made way lighter yet stiffer, thereby improving Design, interiors, its Engine and all other things which are affected by these parameters. The interiors too are improved giving rise to more space and convenience. Upfront the headlights have gotten sleeker with LED DRL’s and a lot of chrome treatment for the grille and a prominent Toyota emblem right at the center. The vehicle has quite good ground clearance which gives it the edge over other SUV’s. The huge wheel arches with plastic cladding giving it a rugged look lay over massive 12 inch alloys which steal the show.
Towards the sides, Roof rails, chrome lining in the middle, chrome handles, turn ORVM’s with LED’s provide a more aesthetic look to the car and improve the overall side design. At the rear the Fortuner stays true to its rugged character with the return of chrome and even more sleek tail lamps with a rear roof spoiler and a shark fin antenna. A quite decent and clutter free design indeed.
The interiors are even more demanding when it comes to an SUV which has been a leader for a long time when it comes to dependability and toughness. Unlike the previous model, the new Fortuner doesn’t borrow the dashboard from the company’s own Innova Crysta, and therefore brings a new life in the cabin space. It’s beautiful and charming inside with luxury at its peak. Even the console has been added with leather accents making it look grand. The drive feels really smooth with the company boasting of an advanced damping technology that reduces vehicle pitch behavior making every drive pleasurable. Also, a peek into the product website leads you in thinking that Toyota is expecting the prospective customer to decide on his own what he thinks of the car with minimal description and maximum snapshots. Plenty of storage spaces have been added to ensure everything falls in its place without creating clutter in the cabin, a clean move indeed. Everything feels like breeze! The rear seat folds up in an instant to facilitate ingress for the third row passengers. On the flipside, the passengers are treated with a great exterior view due to the vehicle’s high stance. Space is also not a constraint along with the quietness of the cabin and that is what the company is known for. It’s a bigger and fluidic picture inside with all the essentials in the right places. Furthermore, the car also gets an electric tailgate to facilitate easy movement of goods in and outside the car boot.
The all new Fortuner shares its engines with the Innova Crysta, the 8 litre, DOHC engine with four cylinders that churns out 174.5bhp at 3400rpm and 420Nm of torque between 1600 to 2400rpm and the 2.7 litre, four cylinder in-line petrol mill which is good for 164bhp at 5200rpm and 245Nm at 4000rpm. The petrol mill returns 10.01 km/l(AT) and 10.24 km/l (MT), the diesel is good enough for 14.24km/l (MT) and 12.9 km/l (AT). Coming to transmission options, the diesel motor is available with a choice of 6-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. Petrol engine is linked to a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic unit with paddle shift and shift-lock. The 2WD drivetrain is standard and there is also an option for a 4WD system on select diesel variants. The company is also known to be planning on assembling its diesel engines at its Bidadi, facility in Karnataka hence increasing localization which in a way brings down the cost. The car has also been added with two drive modes, the eco mode for normal everyday driving and the power mode to kick in some extra torque when you most need it.
As can be seen in the above descriptions, the car also plays it cool in the safety check with an indestructible tough new frame clubbed with a host of features like Vehicle Stability Control, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS, EBD and BA, hill start assist, Isofix Child Seat Mount and Tether Anchor and other safety features included in the all new Fortuner which not only give you the safety and ride comfort, it makes the Fortuner an unrelenting performance juggernaut.
Well if you’re searching for an SUV (or a crossover) with all the safety enhancements and luxury then you surely have to go for this one with the tough competents being Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, and Hyundai Santa Fe apart from Ford Endeavour, and Chevrolet Trailblazer. The car is also known to face a tough fight against the yet to launch Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan. The only drawback is that the cabin gets a bit noisy at high speeds. Airbags and all other safety features make the car an ideal one to own and go places.