The new 2016 Toyota Fortuner is creating a lot of ripples in the automobile market not only in India, but also abroad. While it was recently shot completely undisguised standing in some parking lot, the SUV has been once again caught running on the roads of Thailand ahead of its global unveiling in Thailand on the coming 17th July, 2015.
The Hilux based SUV is further detailed in the spy shots. The front looks completely new with the massively changed front fascia. The three horizontal slats, nicely integrated in the V-shaped big chrome strips gives it a distinctive look. The LED headlights are inspired from the new Corolla while there are inverted D shaped chrome enclosure for the fog lamps.
Coming on to the side profile, the Fortuner will get 2 spoke 18 inch alloy wheels, while the rear houses extended tail lights that go all the way to the side panels, making it look like the Land Cruiser Prado. Overall, one of the most popular SUV of India is about to get a complete makeover that makes it look upmarket and sporty.
As much as the Toyota has redesigned the exteriors, they will also change the cabin design, which has become obsolete. The 2016 Fortuner will get a new center console with an integrated touch-screen system and air vents. Also, features like the Smart Key System with Keyless Entry, push-button start, knee airbags, ABS+EBD, Brake Assist (BA), and Hill Assist Control will come as standard.
Mechanically, the new Fortuner will come powered by the Toyota's newly-developed 'GD' series of diesel engines. The first engine is the 2.8-litre 4-cylinder unit that churns out a maximum power of 177 bhp and a peak torque of 420 Nm. There's also a probability of less powerful 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that might come in the entry-level Fortuner.
Toyota Fortuner Fortuner will come in 5 variants in Thailand, namely - 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. The nomenclature clearly suggests that there would be two gearboxes on offer - a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic gearbox, while top of the line variant will come equipped with 4*4 configuration.
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. It is clear that the petrol variant will not be offered in India and only the diesel variants would be available in the Indian market.
The 2016 Fortuner will be manufactured at the Toyota's Bidadi plant in Karnataka from kits imported from Thailand.
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