The new Toyota Fortuner has been spotted testing in Bangalore for the first time in the country
The 2016 Toyota Fortuner was imported into the country for R&D purposes in October 2015. Now, it has been seen testing on Indian roads for the first time with heavy camouflage.
The SUV gets LED headlights, LED tail lamps, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, a large touchscreen system and a temperature controlled compartment. It also comes with a host of safety features, even in the base model. This has given it a 5-star safety rating by Latin NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme).
Powering the new Toyota Fortuner is a new range of GD diesel engines. A 2.4-litre unit produces 174 bhp and 400 Nm of torque, while a 2.8-litre unit produces 148 bhp and 450 Nm of torque. Transmission options will be a 6-speed manual and a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to the rear wheels or all four wheels. A 2.7-litre petrol engine is also available. Toyota could launch that to counter the diesel ban in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The launch of the new Toyota Fortuner was delayed due to various reasons, including the diesel ban and vendor development. It now looks like it is back on track and will be launched soon. A launch could happen by the end of the year or next year. The SUV is the best-selling vehicle in its segment and outsells others by a huge margin. It competes with the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Ford Endeavour, Isuzu MU-7 and the Chevrolet Trailblazer.
The next generation Fortuner is expected to be a little more expensive than the current car, which starts at INR 26.35 lakhs and goes up to INR 29.35 lakhs (prices are ex-showroom, Mumbai).
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