The 2016 Toyota Fortuner continues to be tested on roads in the Indian sub-continent and other South East Asian countries. The luxury SUV, which is based on the latest, 8th generation Hilux pick up truck, will be launched in India next year, with the Indian Auto Expo the likely venue of this best selling vehicle’s unveil. Recently, the Fortuner was a part of a product presentation in a South East Asian country. The event has seen an official sketch of the SUV, the first ever such render, leak onto the interweb. The sketch depicts the shape and form that the 2016 Fortuner’s rear will take.
From the styling cues shown in the sketch, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner promise to be a ravishing looker, much at odds with what the initial set of renders have indicated. The rear-end of the new SUV from Toyota shows styling cues similar to the new Hyundai Santa Fe, and this is true especially of the tail lamps, which are expected to be LED units. The squarish lines of the current Fortuner will make way for more curves on the next generation model. The front of the Fortuner is expected to be inspired by the 8th generation Hilux pick up truck, due to make its debut shortly.
The 2016 Fortuner will be based on a heavily revised IMV platform, tweaked to accommodate the parts sharing demands that the Toyota’s New Generation Architecture (TNGA) makes of all-new cars and SUVs. However, the rugged ladder frame chassis layout will be retained. The 3 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, known for its reliability and longevity, is expected to be retained, along with five speed manual and automatic gearbox options. A full-time four wheel drive system with low and high ratios will be offered on top-end variants, while a rear wheel drive layout will be served up on cut price, entry versions.
The competition has moved forward, making significant strides in terms of interiors features and creature comforts. Two immediate examples that come to mind are the Hyundai Santa Fe and the upcoming Ford Endeavour. To compete with such SUVs on an even keel, the 2016 Fortuner is expected to be festooned with better interiors and a more comprehensive set of features. In terms of interior volume, the new SUV is likely to offer more room while the exterior dimensions are also said to grow larger. India’s best selling luxury SUV, the Fortuner, in its next-generation is expected to continue using the CKD assembly route. Also, expect to pay more for the new, big bruiser from Toyota.
Sketch courtesy Ohozaa
Spyshot courtesy CarScoops