Fortuner 2011-2016 4x4 AT Review
One of the well known sports utility vehicle series, Toyota Fortuner comes with a perfect combination of macho features and power packed engine options. The company is selling this vehicle in quite a few variants, out of which, Toyota Fortuner 4x4 AT is the top end trim in its model lineup. In terms of technical specifications, it is fitted with a 3.0-litre diesel engine under the bonnet. It is coupled with a five speed automatic transmission gear box. It helps in delivering an incredible off-roading performance. The company has given it a robust external appearance with an intimidating front facade and a masculine side profile. The company has designed this SUV with a set of exterior features like exclusively designed body colored bumpers, radiator grille with quite a few chrome plated slats, side body stripes, which gives it a sporty appeal, an elegant set of alloy wheels and several other aspects. At the same time, it is extremely spacious from inside and can host seating for at least seven passengers and provides ample leg space. The seats are ergonomically designed and offers proper lumbar support. These are covered with good quality leather upholstery that gives a luxurious feel, while traveling. It has GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) body structure that includes impact protection beams and crumple zones, which safeguards the occupants inside in case of any collision. Apart from these, it is also equipped with vehicle stability control, which helps it to deal with terrains and uneven roads. On the other hand, the company is offering this sports utility vehicle with a standard warranty of three years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. At the same time, the customers can also extend this period by one or two years at an additional cost paid to authorized dealers.
This top end variant is designed with a stylish body structure and fitted with a number of striking features. To begin with the side profile, it has body colored door handles and external rear view mirrors. These outside rear view mirrors comes with electrically adjustment as well as retractable function and integrated with side turn blinkers. Its flared up wheel arches are fitted with a brand new set of 12-spoke, 17-inch dark grey alloy wheels, which gives the side profile an elegant look. These rims are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 265/65 R17 that ensures a superior grip on any road conditions. It is designed with black colored styling tape on the B-Pillar that adds to the classiness of this utility vehicle. Coming to its front fascia, it has a bonnet scoop and a muscular radiator grille, which is fitted with a few chrome plated slats. It is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center that highlights the frontage. This grille is flanked by a a well designed headlight cluster that is incorporated with high intensity HID headlamps and a washer. Below this is the body colored bumper, which is accompanied by cladding and it houses a wide air dam for cooling the powerful engine quickly. This air intake section is surrounded by a couple of bright fog lamps with silver bezel. The large windscreen is made of toughened laminated glass and it accompanied by a pair of wipers. The rear end has an expressive boot lid with chrome strip and variant badging. Its has a sporty rear spoiler, which is embedded with a high mounted stop lamp. The windshield has a defogger along with a wash and wipe function.
The manufacturer has designed the internal section of this Toyota Fortuner 4x4 AT variant with a black dashboard that is equipped with features like an advanced instrument cluster, 4-spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches, chrome accentuated AC vents and a large glove box. The cabin is incorporated with well cushioned seats that provides ample leg space for all passengers. These seats are covered with leather upholstery and are integrated with adjustable head restraints. The 2nd and 3rd row seats have sliding and reclining function, which helps in increasing the boot volume. Its driver seat has 6-way power adjustable function, which adds to its convenience. The leather wrapped steering wheel, gear shift knob and parking lever along with black wood finished door panels gives the cabin a classy appearance. The advanced instrument cluster has optitron combi-meter with illumination control function. It houses a lot of notifications like low fuel warning light, digital tripmeter, outside temperature display and door ajar warning. For charging mobiles and other electronic devices the company has given it a couple of 12V power socket in front and middle row. For charging mobiles and other electronic devices the company has given it a couple of 12V power socket in front and middle row.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is fitted with a powerful 3.0-litre, D-4D diesel power plant, which has turbocharger with intercooling function. It has the ability to displace 2982cc and is integrated with four cylinders along with 16-valves. This mill has the ability of producing a maximum power output of 169bhp at 3600rpm in combination with a commanding torque of 360Nm at between 1400 to 3400rpm. This common rail based engine has the ability to generate 9.25 Kmpl on the city roads and around 13 Kmpl on the highways. This power plant is coupled with a five speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its all wheels. It allows the SUV to attain a top speed in the range of 140 to 147 Kmph. While it can cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph in around12 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
This sports utility vehicle is blessed with an efficient braking as well as suspension mechanism that gives a trouble free and comfortable driving experience on every conditions. Its front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while rear ones have been equipped with leading trailing drum brakes. It is further assisted by anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function. On the other hand, The front axle is assembled with an independent double and rear axle is equipped with an efficient 4-link with lateral rod type of suspension mechanism. At the same time, it is incorporated with a hydraulic power assisted steering system that has tilt adjustment function. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.9 meters.
This Toyota Fortuner 4x4 AT variant is incorporated with a number of highly developed comfort features, which gives the occupants an enjoyable driving experience. It is bestowed with an advanced 2-DIN audio system with LCD touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity. This music system supports CD/DVD player, USB interface, Aux-in port and speakers, which further enhances the ambiance of its cabin. The printed glass antenna is also given for better reception of FM radio. The company has given it a multifunctional steering wheel, which is mounted with NAVI and voice recognition switches. It is bestowed with a dual automatic air conditioner unit, which has rear AC switch and ceiling vents for cooling the entire cabin quickly. The cruise control system maintain a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. It also has a rear view camera along with a display and a cruise control function. Apart from these, it is equipped follow me home headlamps, puddle lamps on front doors, illuminated ignition key slot, power windows with window winding switches and so on.
This rugged SUV has supplemental restraint system (SRS) based airbags for driver and co-passenger that minimizes the chances of injury in case of any collision. It comes with GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) body structure with impact beams and crumple zones that reduces the impact of accidents on its passengers. Its automatic HID headlamps enhances the road safety by providing a clear view to the driver. It has an advanced engine immobilizer, which helps in preventing any unauthorized entry into the vehicle. Additionally, this SUV comes with a high mounted stop lamp, vehicle stability control, shift lock system, seat belts with pretensioner and force limiter and front fog lamps.
1. Lavish interiors with comfortable seating arrangement.
2. Decent ground clearance makes it capable for dealing with terrains.
1. Exterior can still be improved.
2. Fuel economy is not satisfying.