Toyota is planning to launch two of their new models in India this year. One of the them is the Luxury MPV Vellfire which will be placed above the Innova Crysta and the other model will be the sportier version of the Luxury SUV Fortuner. It will be known by the name Toyota Fortuner TRD. Toyota is now planning to launch the TRD version of Fortuner on the 12th of September.
TRD of Toyota Racing Department is basically subsidiary of Toyota which concentrates on enhancing the performance and modifying Toyota cars. There are news that the new Fortuner TRD has been already showcased to dealers in an event in Bengaluru last month. Unlike other TRD’s the Fortuner TRD will not be getting any performance enhancement in the engine department.
It will receive some aesthetic updates like revised front and rear bumpers, revised front grille, refreshed alloy wheels, rain visors, TRD badging in red and also faux skid plates at the front and rear. Red and black accents on the doors. On the inside the Fortuner TRD will have same interiors expect for a change in colour of the upholstery.
TRD trim of the Fortuner will be based on the top-end variant. The 2.8 liter-4 cylinder GD turbocharged diesel engine is expected to be standard with 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes on offer. A four wheel drive transfer case with a low range is likely to be standard on the TRD trim. The engine makes 174 Bhp-450 Nm, and is known for its bullet proof reliability.
The SUV has already gone on sale in International markets like Indonesia. There is a possibility that the Indian version of TRD Fortuner might be a slightly different than the Indonesian one. It will be sold in pearl white colour with black roof. This is not the first time that Toyota has launched a TRD version of their normal car in India. In the past Toyota had launched TRD Sportivo versions of both Etios and Etios Liva.
Fortuner has been one of the successful models for Toyota in India. The reason behind it is that the SUV has tremendous brand value, and commands respect on the road. The street presence is massive, and the vehicle is utterly reliable. Long term maintainance costs are low and resale value is excellent. It lasts very long as well. It competes with the likes of Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4, Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. The price of the TRD Variant of the Fortuner is expected to be somewhere around Rs 33 lakh ex-showroom.