Toyota Fortuner is the most popular SUV in its segment. It is quite capable while off-roading too. It competes against the Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and MG Gloster. Despite being in a competitive segment, the Fortuner usually sells in the most numbers. Here, is a video in which we can see Toyota Fortuner on a beach that rolls over. The driver of the Fortuner escaped without major injuries.
In the video, it looks like the Fortuner’s driver is trying to power slide. The SUV is quite close to the water and after a couple of tries while power sliding the left side of the SUV hits the water and topples and rolls over. A water wave came just when the Fortuner turned right. Also, the Fortuner’s driver was driving quite close to the ocean which increased the chances of the SUV entering the water. The water wave essentially acted as a small wall that breaks the momentum of the Fortuner. Due to this, it rolled over.
Another, thing to note is that Fortuner is a SUV which means high ground clearance. This leads to a high centre of gravity and makes the vehicle top-heavy. It increases the body roll of the vehicle and also these vehicles do not handle well especially around the corners.
Do not go too fast in a corner
If you are driving a hatchback or any vehicle with decent ground clearance then you should not take a corner too fast. This is because it can make your vehicle rollover, even if you brake, it would have been too late because the car won’t be able to make the turn. So, it is better to brake hard before the corner if you are going at a high speed.
It is important that the vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system, Electronic brake distribution and stability control. All this electronic equipment can help in avoiding accidents because it can detect slip and if traction breaks. Also, all the occupants should always wear seatbelts which is very important as seatbelts help in avoiding the human body’s contact with the interior.
Toyota updated the Fortuner in early 2021. They made some cosmetic upgrades, added some features and upgraded the engine to a higher state of tune. Toyota also added a new Legender variant of the Fortuner to the line-up. The prices of the Fortuner starts at Rs. 30.34 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 38.30 lakhs ex-showroom.
The engines are the same as the previous one. So, there is a 2.7-litre petrol engine and a 2.8-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine puts out 166 PS of max power and 245 Nm of peak torque whereas the diesel engine puts out 204 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 500 Nm. The diesel engine puts out class-leading torque output. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. You can get the Fortuner as a rear-wheel-drive and a four-wheel-drive system.