Days ahead of its July 17th official unveil at Thailand, the inevitable has happened. The 2016 Toyota Fortuner luxury SUV has been caught without camouflage. The all-new Fortuner is headed to India next year, and this unveil comes as a pre-cursor to what we’ll get. As evidenced by the unmasked spyshots, the new SUV takes a substantial leap in design terms. The 2016 Fortuner looks much more sharper than the outgoing version, in line with what Toyota has promised us. Range Rover Evoque-like headlamps and a heavily chromed front end dominate proceedings, while the rear offers a fleeting glimpse the Hyundai Santa Fe, what with those wraparound tail lamps.
In terms of engines and transmissions, the 2016 Fortuner sold in India is likely to get the new GD range of turbo diesel motors, in 2.4 liter and 2.8 liter capacities. Both engines, although downsized, make more power and torque than the 2.5 liter and 3 liter motors. The GD series of turbo diesel engines are also said to be the most efficient ones that Toyota has built. 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic transmissions will be on offer, and so will rear wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts. The Fortuner sits on a brand new iteration of the IMV platform that is integrated to the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA).
The new Fortuner also features heavily revised interiors. Better appointed than before, with more features, the new SUV will be more attractive to buyers. While the exact dimensions and weights of the SUV are unknown for now, we’re leaning on the new T-Fort to weight lower than the outgoing variant while being larger and more aerodynamic. This should make for better fuel efficiency as well. Additional safety features that made an appearance on the new Hilux pick up truck will make it to the 2016 Fortuner too. On the whole, the best seller seems to have just gotten iutself another shot in the arm.
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