2016 Toyota Fortuner has been fully revealed ahead of its global unveiling on July 17, 2015 in Thailand. The new-generation Fortuner flaunts a new exterior design, comes with a new chassis, interior cabin is updated and is powered by new set of diesel engines. The 2016 Toyota Fortuner, along with the new-generation Toyota Innova, would be launched in India by the mid of 2016.
As told earlier, the new Fortuner would be launched in 5 variants in Thailand. The five variants would be 2.4G 4×2 6MT, 2.4V 4×2 6AT, 2.8V 4×2 6AT, 2.8V 4×4 6AT and 2.7V 4×2 6AT (petrol). The petrol variant would not make it to India, and only diesel variants would be available in the Indian market. The variant nomenclature clearly suggests that the range-topping variant would come with a six-speed automatic gearbox and 4X4 drive system, while the base variant would have a six-speed manual transmission. Inside the cabin, the 2016 Fortuner would boast of a new center console with an integrated touch-screen system and air vents. As for safety features, it would get Smart Key System with Keyless Entry, push-button start, knee airbags, ABS+EBD, Brake Assist (BA), and Hill Assist Control as standard.
Mechanically, the new Toyota Fortuner would be powered by the company's newly-developed 'GD' series of diesel engines. The engine at helm would be a 2.8L, 4-cylinder unit with a maximum power of 177bhp and peeak torque of 420Nm. It is also being rumoured that a less powerful 2.4L, 4-cylinder diesel motor might also be offered with the entry-level variants of the new Fortuner. The engines would be paired with both 6-speed manual as well as auto transmissions, while similar to the Thai variants, 4X4 drive system would be available with top-end variant. The new SUV would be manufactured locally at Toyota's Bidadi plant in Karnataka from kits imported from Thailand.