The Fortuner, with its bold design and imposing presence, gives an air of go anywhere capability. The new design gives the SUV a wider and more aggressive stance. It is loaded with features such as new headlamps, a restyled and sculpted bonnet with a larger scoop for the air-intake, a re-profiled bumper and a wider redesigned chrome grille that makes it resemble the Land Cruiser. The ground clearance is 220 mm and wheelbase is 2750 mm.
The Fortuner does surprise when it comes to performance. It is equipped with a 3.0 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine and a 2.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine. While the 3.0 litre engine can churn out a maximum power of 169 bhp and a maximum torque output of 343 Nm. The 2.5 litre variant comes with only 2 wheel drive whereas buyers who opt for the 3.0 litre version can choose between 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive. The Fortuner has excellent all terrain capabilities and can be ordered either with permanent Four Wheel Drive (manual), 2WD (automatic) or 2WD (manual). The full-time 4WD provides sufficient power to manoeuvre on all types of terrain while the 2WD variant gives you a smoother driving experience in city conditions. The 2.5 litre diesel engine returns a fuel economy figure of 13.31 kpl.
While the 2.5 litre variant can be ordered with a manual or automatic gearbox, it is only available in 2WD. However, the 3.0 litre variant of this SUV (also available with a 5 speed manual or a 5 speed auto) can be bought with either 2WD or 4WD. The suspension system of the Fortuner has been designed and developed for a fantastic driving comfort and precise handling on Indian roads both in plain and rough terrains. The front suspension is double wishbone with a high-mount type upper arm which offers exceptional driving comfort whereas the rear suspension is 4-Link with Lateral Rod which provides good balance for your ride. The Fortuner has ventilated disc front brake and leading-trailing drum rear brake. The H, HL and LL modes provides the Fortuner with maximum traction. The H mode is mostly used while driving in normal conditions. The HL mode helps in off-road conditions where some more grip is required. The LL mode engages the low range ratios that provide the maximum amount of traction to help handle extreme conditions.
The Toyota Fortuner has a perfect blend of style and substance with its bold design and stylish body graphics that beholds the traditional appeal of an SUV. It gets body colour outside rear-view mirrors with electrical adjust and retract and side turn indicators, chrome door handles, new HID projector headlamps that are slightly stretched, a restyled and sculpted bonnet with a larger scoop for the air-intake, a re-profiled bumper and a wider redesigned chrome grille. On the inside, the Toyota Fortuner gets MID (Multi Information Display), Optitron Combimeter with illumination control, black wood-like finish panels, rear console box with lid and cup holder, lockable glove box, front map lamp with overhead storage console, door ajar warning, seat belt warning, tachometer, leather wrapped gear lever knob and steering with wood finish, steering mounted control switches and printed antenna.
The new Toyota Fortuner 3.0 litre 4WD automatic, which is the top end variant, comes with features such as smoky headlamp clusters, chrome bezels for the front foglamps, dark grey 17 inch alloys, an all-black interior and so on. Other variants get new upholstery, an oak coloured interior, a touchscreen audio system with DVD, aux-in, USB and bluetooth compatibility, wood finishing, 6-way power adjustable driver seat, automatic headlights and so on. The car is also equipped with many safety features which include ABS with EBD and BA (Brake Assist), SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, an engine immobiliser, a reversing camera, vehicle stability control (VSC) and a shift lock system.
The Fortuner has been very desirable ever since its launch in India thanks to attributes such as a strong engine, capacious interiors, fantastic looks and an off-road system that gave its owners the freedom to drive it in places which one would generally shy away from. Toyota had an excellent vehicle and over time, they have not fiddled around too much with it and messed it all up. Instead, the additions and modifications have been subtle but overall, made an already good SUV even better.