REVIEW: Toyota Fortuner

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When it was first launched in 2009, the Toyota Fortuner was hailed as the king of SUVs and it remained at the top of the mountain for quite some. But as the years went by the Fortuner started to feel more and more outdated when compared to the fresh batch of releases by companies such as Ford. Now the revamped Fortuner is back in the running for the title.

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Price List

Variants



Price(EX SHOWROOM DELHI)



Fuel Type



Transmission



Mileage



2.7 4X2 MT



26.2 Lakhs



Petrol



Manual



10.01 kmpl



2.8 4X2 MT



27.8 Lakhs



Diesel



Manual



14.24 kmpl



2.7 4X2 AT



27.89 Lakhs



Petrol



Automatic



10.26 kmpl



2.8 4X2 AT



30.12 Lakhs



Diesel



Automatic



12.9 kmpl



2.8 4X4 MT



30.23 Lakhs



Diesel



Manual



14.24 kmpl



TRD Sportivo



31.61 Lakhs



Diesel



Automatic



12.9 kmpl



2.8 4X4 AT



31.99 Lakhs



Diesel



Automatic



12.9 kmpl



Exterior

Toyota Fortuner Exterior FrontThe Fortuner looks years ahead of the outgoing model and it should be as Toyota took a long time to release an update for the SUV. The front takes a more curvy approach as compared to the earlier model’s muscle and robustness.

Toyota Fortuner Exterior LED DRLsThe projector headlamps are sweptback, LED and bordered by DRLs. The chrome accents which have been used on the periphery of the fog lamps and on the grille give the SUV a more executive look. All in all the car looks more polished and refined while also maintaining the street presence of the original one.

Toyota Fortuner Exterior Rear ProfileComing to the rear profile the Fortuner features wrap around LED tail lamps with guide vanes. The sleeker tail lamps feature a chrome bar with Fortuner branding running between them. Overall the rear profile remains pretty similar counting out the major changes to the lights and the bumper being much higher than before.

Toyota Forutner Off RoadThe SUV rides on huge 17-18 inch rims with 225 mm of ground clearance. These two things combine to make the Fortuner an already very capable off roader without even taking into account the 4WD system and all the other electronic gadgetry on offer.

Interior

Toyota Fortuner Interior DashStepping inside the Fortuner is a bit of a mixed affair as the cabin does look up to date and luxurious thanks to the leather highlights but the plastic being used just feels a bit down on quality. The layout of the dash is contemporary and features a 7 inch infotainment touchscreen in the middle.

Toyota Fortuner Instrument CLusterThe instrument cluster features a multi information window flanked by a speedometer and a RPM gauge on either side. The automatic AC controls can be found below the infotainment touchscreen and feel nice and chunky. The Fortuner also features a lot of cubby holes and storage places in the front.

Toyota Fortuner Interior Middle RowMoving on to the middle row, there is enough legroom and the seats support the back perfectly with plenty of under thigh support as well. The back rest can also be reclined for additional comfort. At the press of a button these seats tumble down in a single motion making getting to the last row a simple and convenient process.

Toyota Fortuner Interior Last Row SeatsAs with most 7 seater SUVs there isn’t much room in the last row. Although there is enough head room for an adult, the taller ones among us might want to avoid getting in here completely. There is also a lack of under thigh support and you sit with your knees a bit high. The last row therefore still remains comfortable for kids only.

Toyota Fortuner Interior FeaturesThe new three spoke leather wrapped steering wheel comes with integrated audio and bluetooth controls. Other features available on the higher variants are downhill assist control, keyless entry, a powered tailgate and 18 inch highway tyres.

Toyota Fortuner Interior Safety7 SRS airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist and a vehicle stability control program all come together to make the Fortuner a very safe SUV

Performance & Capabilities

Toyota Fortuner Engine SpecsThe Fortuner comes with two engine options: a 2.7 litre petrol and a 2.8 litre diesel. The engines come mated to 6 speed manual & automatic. The AT version comes with paddle shifters which makes manual gear shifting available on your fingertips. iMT, Eco and Power are the three other driving modes available on the Fortuner other than normal.

Engine Displacement(cc)



Drivetrain



Fuel Type



Transmission



Power



Torque



2649



4X2



Petrol



Manual



164 BHP@5200 RPM



245 Nm@4000 RPM



2755



4X2



Diesel



Manual



174 BHP@3400 RPM



420 Nm@1600 RPM



2755



4X4



Diesel



Automatic



174 BHP@3400 RPM



450 Nm@1600 RPM



Toyota Fortuner Driving ModesIn Eco mode the car maximizes fuel efficiency and reduces the power delivery significantly. The Power mode is pretty self explanatory and the iMT stands for intelligent manual transmission which matches the revs every time you shift gears, this helps in making the engine last longer.

Toyota Fortuner Electronic Drive ControlUnlike the old Fortuner, the 4WD system in the new one is not engaged all the time. The driver has the option to choose when the power should be delivered to all the four wheels. The rest of the time the car works as a 2WD. This directly makes the fuel efficiency go up by quite a bit while the ride quality also sees its own share of improvement.

Toyota Fortuner Driver Assist & Stability SystemsGoing off road has never been easier in the Fortuner thanks to the various driver aids on board. There is a low range gearbox which helps deliver huge amounts of torque at slow speeds which make sure that the car doesn’t get stuck. The Downhill Assist Control (DAC) maintains a comfortable speed while descending at a steep gradient. There is also an active traction control system which avoids wheel skid and slip.

Final Views

The Fortuner has always been a very well rounded and now that a couple of very desperately needed changes have been applied to the car, it looks more ready than ever to be proclaimed as the premium SUV of the year.

Endeavour VS FortunerThe only thorn in its side is the slightly more competitively priced Ford Endeavour which comes with a bunch of features the Fortuner lacks. So does the new Fortuner live up to its name? Well yes, it does. But is it still the undisputed king of SUVs?

 

 

 

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