Toyota has just revealed the Fortuner TRD Sportivo 2. This essentially means that the sporty TRD makeover for the current-generation Fortuner SUV is in its second generation/version 2.0. There are a few key changes in the TRD Sportivo 2 kit.
The front bumper design has changed. The air dam is now wider and gets contrast red highlights. The fog lamp housings have also been redesigned. The front bumper and grille get brushed metal finish while the lower part of the grille dumps the blacked out finish for a body coloured paint scheme.
At the rear, the Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo 2 gets a new rear bumper, a new diffuser and brushed metal finish between the tail lamps. New 20 inch alloy wheels have been added to the kit. The roof and wing mirrors continue to get a contrast finish.
On the inside, the colour scheme of the previous TRD Sportivo kit is carried over with red higlights breaking the monotony of the black interiors and adding a hint of sportiness. As for mechanical changes, the suspension has received changes for sportier ride and handling.
The engines remain unchanged though. The previous Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo was offered only with the 2.8 liter-4 cylinder GD turbocharged diesel engine, and the same is likely with the current version. Toyota is yet to announce a launch timeline for the Sportivo 2 version of the Fortuner in India, and neither do we have any clues into the potential pricing.
India’s best selling luxury SUV, the Toyota Fortuner finds about 2,000 homes every month on an average. To put things into perspective, these sales numbers are higher than those clocked by the likes of the Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Hexa. And the Fortuner is at least Rs. 10 lakhs pricier.
The main reasons why the Toyota Fortuner is so popular in India has to do with the SUV’s bomb proof reliability, macho image and low maintenance costs. Resale value is terrific and most Toyota dealers are doing a great job at after sales service.
All these factors are coming together to give the Fortuner an edge at the marketplace, and for nearly 8 years, the SUV has been on top of sales charts across generations.
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