The all-new Toyota Fortuner is finally here. The SUV was the undisputed best-seller in its segment before the Ford Endeavour dethroned it. Now, the big Toyota is back to reclaim its crown. The all-new Fortuner looks nothing like outgoing model and comes with some major upgrades that make it more capable and comfortable. Prices start at Rs. 25.92 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi.
The Toyota Fortuner was always a butch looking vehicle. The new model adds sleek to the equation. The new SUV features modern design with curvy lines all around the body. The upcoming Fortuner sits on the next-gen IMV platform (with TNGA inputs). This platform also underpins the Innova Crysta MPV and the Hilux pick-up.
The all-new Fortuner gets a large chrome grille with sleek headlamp housings that consists of Bi-Xenon LED projector lamps with daytime running lamps. From the side, the Fortuner gets squarish wheel arches and a bump in the windowpane that announces its unique identity.
The wheels are 18 inches and they somehow make the car look more elegant than butch. At the rear, the new Fortuner gets sharp tail lamps that mimic the design of the headlamps. There is a thick chrome bar that connects both the tail lamps and there a large roof mounted spoiler.
The new Fortuner starts from Rs. 25,92,000 and goes up to Rs. 31,12,000. Here is a variant-wise price breakup. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. This makes the new SUV about 10 % pricier than the outgoing model.
4X2 Manual: 25,92,000
4X2 Automatic: 27,61,000
4X2 Manual: 27,52,000
4X2 Automatic: 29,14,000
4X4 Manual: 30,05,000
4X4 Automatic: 31,12,000
The new Fortuner’s interiors are shrouded in luxury! The interiors are all-new with 7-inch capacitive-based touchscreen infotainment system, which is also present in the Innova Crysta. The system will be able to connect to various devices through Toyota’s, T-Connect feature. Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in are few standard features. The screen also becomes the display for the rear camera while reversing. The infotainment system gets 6-speakers.
The multiple information display has become larger and now shows more information about the SUV. In the top-end variant, the seats are covered in leather upholstery with 60:40 split of middle row seat and 50:50 split for the last row seat. All the rows get individual air condition vents, while the second row passengers will be able to set different temperature through the climate control. The car also gets keyless start-stop feature for added convenience.
The all-new Fortuner will get similar engine options like the Innova Crysta minus the 2.4-litre diesel engine. The SUV will be offered with 2.8-litre diesel and 2.7-litre petrol engines. The 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine generates a maximum of 174.5 BHP of maximum power and 420 Nm of maximum torque with the manual, and 450 Nm of maximum torque with the automatic. The petrol engine generates a maximum of 164 BHP of maximum power and 245 Nm of maximum torque. The petrol engine is only offered with 4X2 option.
Both the engine options will be available with automatic and manual transmission. The diesel engine will get an options of 6 speed automatic or 6 speed manual transmission. The petrol version will a 5-speed manual, while the automatic will be 6-speed. Both the automatic transmissions are sequential transmissions and will come with paddle shifters and shift lock feature.
The all-new Fortuner will come with Vehicle Stability Control with Brake Assist, which will be missing on the 2WD MT option. The car will also get Hill assist control and downhill assist control. There will be as many as 7 SRS airbags. The car will also get pedestrian protection support and impact absorbing structure. The diesel powered variants will also get pitch and bounce control.
There are total 6 version of the car on offer. Here are the following:
Petrol engine: 4X2 Manual, 4X2 Automatic
Diesel engine: 4X4 Manual, 4X2, Automatic, 4X4 Manual, 4X4 Automatic.
Fortuner or Endeavour?
The Ford Endeavour is offered with two variants of diesel engines, 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre. There is no petrol option on offer. The 2.2-litre diesel engine of the Endeavour churns out a maximum of 158 BHP of maximum power and 385 Nm of maximum torque. The 3.2-litre engine is rated at 197 BHP – 470 Nm. In comparison, the Fortuner’s 2.8 liter diesel engine produces 174.5 BHP-420/450 Nm.
The Endeavour 3.2-litre version is not available with manual transmission. The Automatic Endeavour carries a price tag of Rs. 29.77 lakh while the similar variant of the Fortuner is priced at Rs. 31.12 lakh. The Endeavour is much more powerful than the Fortuner and in SUV terms, looks more butch and intimidating on the road too. The only things that may swing it in Fortuner’s favour are the Toyota badge and the vehicle’s off-road capabilities, something the old Fortuner was known for. Overall, the Endeavour seems more value-for-money.
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