Road Test: Toyota Fortuner

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Toyota finally gives the Fortuner a nip-and-tuck giving it a much needed fresh lease of life. After being launched in 2009, the Fortuner is now looking leaner and definitely more aggressive. At a first glance what stands out are the clear lens headlamps. According to Toyota, their customers had been asking for this ever since the Fortuner’s launch. It always looked like a mini Prado but now with chrome nose job it looks more like the big daddy of all SUVs the Toyota Landcruiser. The world’s number one carmaker wanted its segment leader to retain a lot of its old school SUV looks with a lot more aggression. The air duct vent or the bonnet scoop has been given a silicon job and now has the in your face menacing looks. For all those who love to flaunt their machine, no puns intended, this is another reason which adds to your showoff list. 

 

Highlights: 

- The Fortuner now comes in three trim levels – the 4x4, the 4x2 automatic and the 4x2 manual. Also, all three versions come with a 3.0 litre engine. Both 4x4 and 4x2 manual get 5-speed gearbox while the automatic is mated with a 4-speed gear. 

-  The Fortuner gets a 2DIN 6-inch LCD touch screen music system with auxiliary, Bluetooth connectivity and of course iPhone compatible

-  The old school butch looks of the Fortuner has become more aggressive with chrome, clear lens headlamps and the bonnet scoop now bigger and in your face

- The Fortuner automatic 4-speed gear box feels sluggish and being tall geared there is a huge lag. But for tackling city traffic the automatic gear box is a boon. 

- The Fortuner 4x2 manual is a lot more responsive and it definitely peppier as it is lighter than the 4x4 version by 90kg.

 

Pros: Spruced up interiors and exteriors
Cons: Dumpy ride quality, 4-speed auto
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