Toyota Fortuner is one of the most popular SUV in the Indian market. It has been in the market for over a decade and competes with SUVs like Ford Endeavour and recently launched MG Gloster in the segment. Chevrolet Cruze was one of the best looking premium sedan that was sold in the country. It is not sold in the market anymore as Chevrolet has left Indian market. Both Toyota Fortuner and Chevrolet Cruze come with a diesel engine option. The Cruze diesel was even known as a diesel rocket when it was available in the market. Here we have a video that shows a drag between a Toyota Fortuner 4×4 AT diesel and a Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan.
The video has been uploaded by HEAT 17 on their youtube channel. The video starts with the vlogger introducing both the contenders. Both Cruze and Fortuner are diesel powered and the Fortuner is a 2.8 litre 4×4 automatic and the Cruze is powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine. The vlogger was driving the Chevrolet Cruze and even though, Fortuner produced more power and torque than Cruze, the vlogger was pretty confident that Cruze will win the race.
The race was conducted in three rounds and an empty stretch of road was chosen for this. The race starts and both Cruze and Fortuner move off the line at almost the same time. The Fortuner takes the lead within seconds and it started looking like the Cruze will be left behind. After a few more seconds, things started to change. Chevrolet Cruze started gaining and took the and maintained it till the end of the first 300 meter long race.
In the second round, the distance was the same. The race starts and the vlogger was a bit late to respond and the Fortuner took advantage of this and takes the lead. Because of that small mistake that vlogger made at the start, he had lost the second round. In the third round, the distance was increased by 100 meter to 400 meters. Both the vehicles lined up and the race starts. Like the other two rounds, Fortuner initially takes the and Chevrolet overtakes it after few seconds. Cruze maintained the lead and won two rounds from the three. Cruze was announced the winner of this race.
Chevrolet Cruze won this race but, this does not mean that Fortuner is not a good vehicle. The main factor that helped Cruze win this race even after having a smaller and less powerful engine is its shape and weight. In comparison to the Fortuner, Cruze is a lot more lighter. The Fortuner 4×4 is heavier than the regular 2WD Fortuner. The lightweight body of the Cruze meant that even with less power, it had a better power to weight ratio and it won the race. Toyota Fortuner used in this race is the pre-facelift model diesel version which generates 174 Bhp and 450 Nm of peak torque. The 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine in the Chevrolet Cruze generates a maximum of 164 Bhp and 360 Nm of peak torque.