One of Toyota India’s two major car launches for the remainder of 2019 will be the TRD Sportivo edition of the Fortuner luxury SUV. The TRD edition of the Fortuner will add some cosmetic enhancements to the exteriors and interiors of the vehicle, packaging it as a fresher variant for those who want their Fortuners to stand out from the crowd. There will be no mechanical changes, which means that the TRD Sportivo edition of the SUV is more of a visual refresh than a significant performance upgrade for the Fortuner. The SUV has already gone on sale in Indonesia, a market that resembles India in many ways. Check out the latest TVC that shows the Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo in all its glory.
As the TVC indicates, the Fortuner TRD gets 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 are additional sporty touches on the vehicle. On the inside, the SUV is more of less unchanged, save for changes in colour of the upholstery.
The SUV will continue to operate with petrol and turbocharged diesel engines in the Indian market. Considering the fact that the 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 will be standard on the TRD trim. The engine makes 174 Bhp-450 Nm, and is known for its bullet proof reliability.
The 2nd generation Toyota Fortuner has taken off from where the 1st generation model left off, to become an even bigger sales success. The luxury SUV seats 7 and rivals the likes of the Ford Endeavour, the Mahindra Alturas G4, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Isuzu MU-X in the Indian market. Toyota has been clocking a steady 1,200-1,500 monthly units of the 2nd gen Fortuner, and in some months outselling SUVs that are priced much lower. The continued success of the Fortuner in the Indian market has to do with multiple factors. Firstly, 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. All these factors make it a best seller that has never been dethroned in India.