The market for coupe SUVs is rather small as not a lot of people are willing to pay top money for a Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe or the BMW X6 as these are premium products with a price to match the status. But what about a similarly styled vehicle from a non-prestige marque such as Toyota? Independent artist Theophilus Chin decided to digitally envision a coupe-ified version of the new Fortuner and dare we say it is an interesting result that is unlikely to materialize.
The Fortuner is popular thanks basically to its impressive off-road capabilities and now the new version adds a more upscale design into the mix. A coupe derivative is unlikely to see the light of production day, but nevertheless it’s still an interesting design exercise to see a more sloped roofline applied on a big SUV such as the Fortuner.
The new body style certainly suits the fresh design implemented by Toyota in its latest generation of the model, but don’t hold your breath for a production car as such a product doesn’t represent a viable business case. The Fortuner is bought by people who want a capable off-roader with plenty of space inside the cabin and in the trunk while such a derivative would axe some of the rear headroom as well as decrease the trunk’s capacity.
Nevertheless, it’s a recipe that both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have applied already and Audi is also cooking up a similar car, but it’s a different story with the German trio as these are prestige automakers and have lots of customers that buy many of their models only as a symbol status which the X6, GLE Coupe and the upcoming Audi model certainly offer. That wouldn’t be the case with this hypothetical Toyota Fortuner Coupe so the chances of seeing this car in dealerships are rather slim.
Source: Theophilus Chin