October 21, 2015: Toyota has launched the second generation Fortuner in Australia at a price tag of $47,990 Australian Dollars ( Rs 22 Lacs in Indian Currency). In Australia, the second generation Fortuner is only available with the new 2.8-litre diesel. The four cylinder direct-injected turbodiesel generates 174.3 bhp and peak torque of 450 Nm when coupled with a 6-Speed automatic transmission and 420 Nm when paired to a 6-Speed manual. In terms of efficiency, Toyota Australia says that the 2.8-litre motor requires 7.8 litres to 100 km (nearly 12 kmpl) while with automatic it requires 8.6 litres to 100 km (nearly 11 kmpl). And it comes with a fuel tank capacity of 80 litres. It is expected that Toyota might display this Fortuner in Indian Auto Expo next year in 2016 February. The launch is expected to happen somewhere in 2016 or early 2017. This SUV will compete with the recently launched Chevrolet Trailblazer, upcoming 2016 Ford Endeavour along with new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
|Variants||Ex-Showroom Price||Select to Compare|
| 4x2 Manual
2982 cc, Manual, Diesel, 13.0 kmpl
| 2.5 4x2 MT TRD Sportivo
2494 cc, Manual, Diesel, 13.0 kmpl
| 4x2 AT
2982 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 12.55 kmpl
| 2.5 4x2 AT TRD Sportivo
2494 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 12.55 kmpl
| 4x4 MT
2982 cc, Manual, Diesel, 12.55 kmpl
| 4x4 AT
2982 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 12.55 kmpl
2982 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 12.55 kmpl
| `27.0 Lac* |
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
||9.25||13.0||168.9bhp @ 3600rpm|
|2.5 4x2 MT TRD Sportivo||Manual||2494cc
||9.25||13.0||142.1bhp @ 3400rpm|
||7.8||12.55||168.9bhp @ 3600rpm|
|2.5 4x2 AT TRD Sportivo||Automatic||2494cc
||7.8||12.55||142.1bhp @ 3400rpm|
||9.25||12.55||168.9bhp @ 3600rpm|
||9.25||12.55||168.9bhp @ 3600rpm|
This company is one of the most reputed automobile manufacturers in the country, which has been established itself with a brilliant fleet of cars. One of its famous sports utility vehicle model is Toyota Fortuner , which has a masculine body structure and power packed engines. This SUV is available in quite a few trim levels with two diesel engine options. Recently, the car maker has introduced two variants of TRD Sportivo version with both manual and automatic transmission gear box. It comes with a set of cosmetic features like exclusively designed bumpers, black radiator grille with TRD (Toyota Racing Package) emblem and side body stripes, which gives the vehicle a sporty appeal. These variants are equipped with a 2.5-litre engine, which has a displacement capacity of 2494cc. It can churn out a maximum power and torque output of 142bhp in combination with 343Nm of peak torque output. At the same time, other trims are fitted with a 3.0-litre, D-4D engine under the hood. This engine has the ability to unleash a maximum power of 168.6bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 360Nm, which is quite good. This vehicle is also available with an automatic transmission options in which, the torque output goes up to a maximum of 360Nm, which is quite good. However, one of the most important aspect of this stylish sports utility vehicle is its super select 4WD system, which enables the driver to switch between four wheel and two wheel drive option very easily. It is extremely spacious from inside and can host seating for at least seven passengers with ease. Its seats are very comfortable with sliding as well as reclining function and are covered with good quality leather upholstery. At the same time, its driver's seat can be adjusted in six different ways using electric function, which further adds to the convenience. The company has designed its cockpit with an attractive design and it comes in dual tone color scheme. The dashboard is equipped with a few aspects like an AC unit, stylish center fascia, a four spoke steering wheel and an advanced instrument panel. On the other hand, it gets several innovative comfort features including multi-information display that is incorporated with an Optitron combimeter with illumination control along with several other notification. The main highlight of this vehicle is its GOA body structure that includes impact protection beams and crumple zones, which safeguards the occupants inside in case of an accident. At the same time, its 4WD version is blessed with vehicle stability control, which helps the vehicle to deal with terrains and uneven roads. It has a robust external appearance with intimidating front facade and masculine side profile, which makes it look captivating on roads. This SUV is competing against the likes of Isuzu MU-7, Honda CR-V, Skoda Yeti, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton, Renault Koleos, Chevrolet Captiva, Ford Endeavour and others in this segment. On the other hand, the company is offering it with a standard warranty of three years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. The buyers can also extend the warranty period for one or two years at an additional cost paid to authorized dealer.
The designers have done a brilliant job with the exteriors of this stylish model series. The overall body structure is quite masculine and its frontage looks bold and aggressive. To begin with the side profile, it is designed with body colored door handles and external rear view mirrors. These ORVMs are electrically adjustable as well as retractable and integrated with side turn blinkers. The flared up wheel arches are fitted with a set of 12-spoke alloy wheels, which enhances the look of its side profile. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres that ensures a superior grip on any road conditions. It also has black colored styling tape on the B-Pillar that adds to the classiness of this sports utility vehicle. Coming to its front fascia, it is designed with a bonnet scoop and a bold radiator grille. It is fitted with a few chrome plated slats and embossed with a prominent company logo in the center that highlights the frontage. This radiator grille is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster. Its top end variant is powered by automatic HID headlamps with a washer. While other trims get halogen projector lamps and side turn indicator. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper with silver plated cladding. It houses a wide air dam for cooling the powerful engine quickly and is flanked by a pair of radiant fog lamps, which further helps in enhancing the visibility of its driver. The large windscreen is made of toughened laminated glass and is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. The rear end is designed with a body colored bumper, which houses a couple of reflectors. The expressive boot lid is designed with chrome strip and variant badging. Its windshield is integrated with a defogger and it also has a wash and wipe function as well. It has a sporty rear spoiler, which is fitted with a centrally located high mounted stop lamp, which adds to the safety aspect. There is a dual tone radiator grille, body stripe, two tone bumpers spoilers along with 'TRD Sportivo' emblem at the rear and TRD muffler cutter.
The company has given this stylish sports utility vehicle a standard overall dimensions and it can accommodate seven passengers with ease. The total length is about 4705mm along with a decent height of 1850mm and a total width of 1840mm, which also includes both external rear view mirrors. It has a minimum ground clearance of 220mm that is rather good to take this vehicle over any terrain. The large wheelbase measure 2750mm that offers a spacious cabin inside. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.9 meters for four wheel drive versions, while its 2WD variants supports 5.6 meters, which is rather good for this segment.
Editor's take : The space in the first rows of the Fortuner is good, however it is the third row that is tight on space. The quality of materials is good, it however the feel that doesn’t feel upmarket.
The interiors of this model series are quite attractive and equipped with a lot of utility based aspects. Its top end variant is designed in elegant black color, while other variants come in sand beige color scheme. The smooth dashboard is equipped with quite a few features including an advanced instrument cluster with many functions, a 4-spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches, AC vents and a large glove box with sun glass holder. In terms of seating, it is incorporated with well cushioned seats that offers ample leg space and shoulder space for all occupants. The are covered with leather upholstery and are integrated with adjustable head restraints that adds to the convenience. The 2nd and 3rd row seats have sliding and reclining function, which helps in increasing boot volume. The driver seat comes with 6-way power adjustable function and proper lumbar support for added comfort. Then it also has a leather wrapped steering wheel, gear shift knob and parking lever along with black wood finished door panels gives the cabin a classy look. Its advanced instrument cluster has optitron combi-meter with illumination control function. It is equipped with a number of notifications like low fuel warning light, digital tripmeter, outside temperature display, door ajar warning and several other notifications for keeping the driver updated. It has a couple of 12V power socket in front and middle row for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. The tilt adjustable steering wheel makes handling quite comfortable even in heavy traffic conditions. The company has given this SUV a lot of utility based aspects for convenience of its occupants. The list of features include cup and bottle holders in center console, front seat back pockets, remote fuel lid opener, all four power windows with driver side auto down functions and several other aspects.
The internal section of this sports utility vehicle has been fitted with a number of highly developed comfort features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. The company has given it a dual automatic air conditioner unit, which comes with rear AC switch and ceiling vents. It is bestowed with an advanced 2-DIN audio system with LCD touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity. It supports CD/MP3 player, USB interface, Aux-in port and four speakers, which further enhances the ambiance of its cabin. It also has a printed glass antenna for better reception of FM radio. It is also equipped with cruise control function, which maintains a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. The multi-functional steering wheel is mounted with audio, cruise and call control buttons for convenience. This stylish sports utility vehicle also has a rear view camera along with a display that adds to the convenience of driver. In addition to these, it is equipped with a number of comfort features like power steering with tilt adjustable function, follow me home headlamps, puddle lamps on front doors, cargo area light, illuminated ignition key slot and window winding switches. All these features put together will ensure a memorable driving experience for all the passengers
This SUV series has a huge cabin space owing to its wheelbase of 2750mm, which is quite large. The passengers are also offered enough leg room along with ample head and shoulder space, which offers additional comfort. In addition to this, it comes with a boot compartment of 296 litres, which is rather impressive. For planning a longer drive, the company has given it a reasonably good fuel tank, which can store about 80 litres of diesel in it.
Editor's take : The torquey 3.0-litre oil burner has good acceleration graph and it is one of the quickest SUVs around.
The 2.5-litre power plant with a five speed manual and automatic gear box can attain a top speed of 170 and 180 Kmph respectively. At the same time, it can accelerate from 0-100 Kmph in close to 13-15 seconds. Whereas its slightly powerful 3.0-litre power plant enables the vehicle to zoom towards a top speed of 176 Kmph. Its four wheel drive version takes about 9.61 seconds for crossing the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from a standstill. While two wheel drive variants can cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph in close to 14.5 seconds.
Editor's take : The performance of the engine is good as it produces enough thrust at most of the engine speeds.
It is a stunning SUV, which is available in the automobile market with two diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its powerful 3.0-litre, in-line, D-4D diesel motor that has the displacement capacity of 2982cc. It comes with four cylinders, sixteen valves and is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It can produce a maximum power of 168.6bhp at 3600rpm and yields a peak torque output of 360Nm in the range of 1400 to 3400rpm. On the other hand, its 2.5-litre motor has the ability to displace 2494cc. It can churn out a power output of 142bhp at 3400rpm in combination with a commanding torque of 343Nm between 1600 to 2800rpm, which is rather good for this segment. These engines are mated with a five speed manual or automatic transmission gear box. It sends the engine power to its two or four wheels, depending on the variants. It enables the vehicle to deliver an excellent acceleration and fuel efficiency. This mill is integrated with a common rail direct injection system that helps in giving a decent fuel economy.
Editor's take : The mileage of the Fortuner is decent, especially on the manual version.
That on the automatic is alright, though we would have been happier if it was similar to the manual. But how many Fortuner buyers do actually worry about the fuel economy.
Both the engines are incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the SUV to deliver a decent fuel economy. Its 3.0-litre engine has the ability to generate 9.25 Kmpl on the city roads. While under standard traffic conditions on the highways, it gives close to 13 Kmpl that is rather good in this segment. On the other hand, its 2.5-litre engine with manual gear box can return 15.5 Kmpl and 13 Kmpl approximately on the city and bigger roads. At the same time, it automatic version can produce about 16 Kmpl.
Editor's take : The 170bhp produced by the Fortuner is good enough for its size. It is the high torque of 343Nm that does most of the job and is mostly available throughout the rev band.
This SUV is fitted with a 2982cc diesel engine, which comes with intercooled turbocharger. This four cylinder based mill can produce 168.6bhp at 3600rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 360Nm between 1400 to 3400rpm that is quite good. While its newly developed 2494cc diesel power plant can churn out a maximum power of 142bhp at 3400rpm along with a commanding torque output of 343Nm at just 1600 to 2800rpm.
Editor's take : The touchscreen music system with Bluetooth and navigation; leather seats are some of the features on the Fortuner.
This impressive vehicle is blessed with an advanced infotainment system that keeps all its occupants entertained through their journey. It has a 2-DIN audio unit that features a CD, MP3 player and radio with AM/FM tuner. It also has six speakers that offers better sound experience. The controls of this audio unit are mounted on the leather wrapped steering wheel, which makes it quite convenient for the driver. The music system with additional information display console updates time, direction of driving, external temperature and a few other functions. Apart from these, the owners can customize the vehicle with various exterior and interior accessories.
Editor's take : The handling of the Fortuner is decent for its size, more focus has been laid in better ride quality.
This model series is blessed with an efficient braking as well as suspension system that gives a trouble free and comfortable driving experience. The front wheels are fitted with ventilated disc brakes while the rear ones are equipped with leading-trailing drum brakes. It is further assisted by anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution that avoids the vehicle from skidding in case of emergency braking. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with a double wishbone, while the rear axle gets a four link type of system along with lateral rod. This suspension mechanism helps in minimizing the jerks caused on uneven roads and keeps it well balanced. This SUV is incorporated with a power assisted steering system that has tilt adjustment function. It makes handling quite convenient even in peak traffic conditions.
Editor's take : The Fortuner comes loaded with all the bells and whistles that one can expect in a SUV in this segment.
The company has bestowed this robust sports utility vehicle with several important safety features. It has supplemental restraint system (SRS) based airbags for driver and co-passenger that minimizes the chances of injury in case of a crash. The anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution further reinforces this mechanism. The front wheels are equipped with a set of ventilated disc brakes that de-accelerates the vehicle instantly. It comes with GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) body structure that reduces the impact on its passengers in case of collision. Its automatic HID headlamps enhances the road safety by providing a clear view to the driver. The engine immobilizer is quite useful, which helps in preventing unauthorized entry into the vehicle. Additionally, this SUV comes with high mount stop lamp, vehicle stability control, shift lock system and a pair of front fog lamps that adds in improving the visibility ahead. All these aspects put together makes it one of the safest vehicle in its segment.
The car maker has fitted its neatly carved wheel arches with a stylish set of 12 spoke based 17-inch alloy wheels. These are covered with puncture resistant tubeless tyres of size 265/65 R17 that results in a comfortable off-road driving. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature across all the variants.
1. It is packed with a lot of comfort features.
2. The safety level is enhanced by its GOA body structure.
3. Engine performance is quite impressive with good acceleration and pick up.
4. Decent ground clearance makes it perfect for off-roading.
5. Plush internal section with comfortable seating arrangement.
1. External appearance can still be made better.
2. Fuel economy is not up to the mark.
3. Many more comfort and safety features can be added.
4. Cost of ownership and maintenance is too high.
5. Price tag can be more competitive.
|4x2 Manual |
|2.5 4x2 MT TRD Sportivo |
|4x2 AT |
|2.5 4x2 AT TRD Sportivo |
|4x4 MT |
|4x4 AT |