Just days ago, a heavily camouflaged 2016 Toyota Innova MPV was spotted testing at Bangalore, the city that hosts the Japanese automaker’s Indian factory. Today, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner luxury SUV has been spotted testing at Thailand. Toyota’s research wing at Australia has been instrumental in the development of the 2016 Fortuner. Like the 2016 Innova, the next-generation Fortuner will use the IMV-II platform, the second generation of the ultra successful Toyota IMV car platform that is meant for emerging markets.
The IMV-II platform will use inputs from Toyota’s New Generation Archutecture (TNGA), which has parts sharing as weight reduction as its two key focus areas. The 2016 Fortuner will share its underpinnings with the 2015 Hilux pick up truck, which also means that the luxury SUV will continue to be a rugged, go-anywhere offering from Toyota. A ladder frame chassis and a four wheel drive system with low ratio will be two major features that will give the 2015 Fortuner its off-road cred. In terms of styling, expect bucket loads of chrome and a butch front end. The SUV will wear a completely new top hat.
Expect the ladder frame to undergo significant weight reduction in the interests of better fuel efficiency and meeting the TNGA goals. In India, the 2015 Fortuner is expected to retain its 2.5 liter and 3 liter D-4D turbo diesel engine with four cylinder layouts, albeit with improvements. Other markets will also get petrol engines on the 2016 Fortuner. The current Fortuner’s interiors have been a sore point with buyers and the new model is expected to make significant strides in terms of interior quality and the features on offer. The Fortuner is India’s best selling luxury SUV, outselling its competitors many times over. In other words, the new model will have large shoes to fill.
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