Fortuner 2011-2016 2.5 4x2 AT TRD Sportivo Review
Toyota Fortuner is a classy SUV model series available in the car bazaar and it is doing quite well for the company. It is available in both manual and transmission gear box options for the buyers to choose from. Recently, the company has added two new variants in its model line up and one of them is Toyota Fortuner 2.5 4x2 AT TRD Sportivo. It is offered with all the safety and comfort features that are necessary for a stress free driving experience. It is extremely spacious from inside and can accommodate seven passengers comfortably. The seats are very comfy and comes with sliding and reclining function. At the same time, its driver's seat can be adjusted in six different ways electrically. The cockpit of this variant has an attractive design with a dual tone color scheme. It is further equipped with aspects like a proficient air conditioning unit with heater, stylish center fascia and several other storage spaces. The manufacturer has given it a GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) body structure that includes impact protection beams and crumple zones and safeguards the occupants inside in case of any accident. It has a robust external appearance with aggressive front facade and masculine side profile. It is fitted with a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) body package, which includes dual tone radiator grille, body stripe, two tone bumpers spoilers along with 'TRD Sportivo' emblem at the rear and TRD muffler cutter.
The designers have done a brilliant job with the exteriors of this variant and gives it a sporty appearance. The overall body structure is robust and its frontage looks quite aggressive. To begin with the side profile, it comes with body colored door handles and external rear view mirrors. These ORVMs are electrically adjustable as well as retractable and integrated with side turn blinker. Its wheel arches are fitted with a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 265/65 R17. It also has black colored styling tape on the B-Pillar. Its frontage has a bold radiator grille, which is fitted with a few chrome plated slats. This grille is embossed with prominent company logo in the center and flanked by a well designed headlight cluster. It is incorporated with a projector headlamps and a washer. The dual colored bumper is accompanied by cladding for preventing it from minor damages. It houses a wide air dam for cooling the powerful engine and it flanked by a pair of radiant fog lamps. The windscreen is made of toughened glass and is integrated with a set of intermittent wipers. Coming to its rear end, it is designed with an expressive boot lid that has chrome strip and variant badging. Its sporty rear spoiler is fitted with centrally located high mounted stop lamp. Apart from these, it has a radiant tail light cluster and a large windscreen with defogger.
The interiors of this Toyota Fortuner 2.5 4x2 AT TRD Sportivo are quite attractive and it is fitted with a number of aspects. The smooth dashboard features an advanced instrument cluster, a 4-spoke steering wheel, AC vents and a large glove box, which also has sun glass holder. Its steering wheel, gear shift knob and parking lever are wrapped with leather and it also has black wood finished door panels that gives the cabin a classy look. Its instrument cluster has optitron combi-meter with illumination control function. It houses 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 gadgets. It is equipped with several utility aspects like puddle lamps, mood lamps, automatic headlamp leveling device, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, anti glare inside rear view mirror, a pair of rain sensing wipers and smart key with push button start.
Engine and Performance:
Under the bonnet, this variant is fitted with a powerful 2.5-litre, in-line, D-4D diesel motor that has the displacement capacity of 2494cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves, which is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection system that helps in giving a decent fuel economy 15.5 Kmpl on the bigger roads and 13 Kmpl in city traffic conditions. The automaker has skillfully coupled it with a five speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It enables the vehicle to attain a top speed in the range of 180 Kmph approximately. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 13-15 seconds from a standstill. It can produce a maximum power of 142bhp at 3400rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 343Nm between 1600 to 2800rpm.
Braking and Handling:
The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes while the rear ones are equipped with leading-trailing drum brakes. This mechanism is further assisted by anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution that avoids it 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. It is incorporated with a power assisted steering system that has tilt adjustment function. It makes handling quite convenient even in peak traffic conditions.
This Toyota Fortuner 2.5 4x2 AT TRD Sportivo variant is incorporated with highly developed features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It has a dual automatic air conditioner unit, which comes with rear AC switch and ceiling vents. It is bestowed with a 2-DIN audio system with LCD touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity. It is equipped with 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. The cruise control function 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. 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 vehicle comes with a GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) body structure with crumple zones and impact beams that reduces the impact on its passengers in case of collision. 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 engine immobilizer helps in preventing it from unauthorized entry. Additionally, it also has a high mount stop lamp, central locking system and a pair of front fog lamps.
1. Decent ground clearance makes it capable for off-roading.
2. Lavish interiors with numerous comfort aspects.
1. Safety features needs to improve.
2. Exterior appearance can still be made better.