Earlier, we informed that Toyota is working over the launch of the next generation Toyota Fortuner, where a test mule was even spotted doing some test rounds on the Indian streets. The 2016 Toyota Fortuner will make its launch in November first week. The car is already on sale in other international market such as Thailand, South Africa, Australia and Middle East.
The new Toyota Fortuner is based on the all new TNGA platform and shares some of its mechanical cues from the Innova Crysta and the Hilux pick-up. According to Toyota, with this new platform, the car will be lighter and stiff, improving stability as well as handling during high speed. The exterior of the new model gets a bold appearance and dimensionally, it is 90mm longer and 15mm lighter, but sits shorter by 15mm from its predecessor and sits on a wheelbase of 2,750mm. The top of the line variant will come loaded with LED projector headlights and LED daytime running lights, extensive use of chrome accent has been kept in mind, whereas, the brand has also focused over the design so as to eradicate that boxy feel of its predecessor.
The interior cabin will welcome with a new touch of dash and boasting features like a 7inch T-Connect infotainment system with satellite navigation, push button start-stop, cruise control, Down Hill Assist Control (DAC) system, A-TRC Traction Control (TRC) system, electric tailgate, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and reverse parking sensors.
Mechanically, the new Toyota Fotuner shares its engine with the Innova Crysta and will come to India in the choices two diesel units. The diesel version will feature a 2.4-litre four cylinder turbodiesel GD unit that is capable to crank out 148 bhp of power with 200 Nm of topspin and a 2.8-litre four cylinder turbodiesel GD mill the produces a maximum power of 175 bhp and 450 of Nm of peak torque. Both the power units will come connected with the options of both manual gearbox and automatic transmission, while the company will also offer an all-wheel drive as optional.
In international market, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner is also offered with a petrol variant - a 2.7-litre VVT-i four cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. But this variant is not going to make its touch down on the Indian shores.