All that visual presence on the outside does translate into good passenger space on the inside. The Fortuner can seat seven, and six in good comfort. The middle passenger in the second row has it a little difficult with the central armrest and limited headroom, but for the rest, there’s enough head, shoulder and legroom.
Just like the Toyota Innova, the Fortuner too has a decent array of features. There’s the multi-functional steering wheel that adjusts for rake-and-reach. Then there’s a detailed driver information system. You also get touchscreen multimedia system, though without apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s a single-zone climate control system with rear ac vents. And there’s an electric adjustment for the driver’s seat.
Mile Munching Ability
Another plus for the Fortuner is its ability to effortlessly munch miles. And a car must have three main attributes to do that - comfortable seating, good visibility and torque. The Fortuner has them all in decent measure. It offers the driver a high seating position, and with it, good visibility of what’s up front. And the large outside rear-view mirrors help too. It has comfy seats that are large and supportive. It could, however, have done with a bit more cushioning which would have made the long journeys even more comfortable.
Then there’s the torque; 450Nm of it. There’s a bit of delay every time you get on the throttle, but switching to power mode makes the throttle more alert. And the Fortuner just picks up its skirt and charges to the horizon with a vengeance.
The Fortuner comes with a 2.8-litre, four-cylinder diesel. It makes 175bhp and 450Nm of torque. And though the SUV weighs close to two-tonnes, the engine does a good job of masking all that bulk. It doesn’t feel slow. Leave it in Eco mode and the progress is quite seamless. It isn’t lively, but it is the recommended mode when hauling family. For sportier driving, there’s always the Power mode.
The automatic Sigma 4x4 we have here is as capable as a luxury SUV can get, especially off the road. The Fortuner has the ground clearance, it has a good approach and departure angles, and it has a capable 4x4 system which overcomes the limitations of the road-spec tyres even on the most slippery surfaces. This is one SUV you can take to places you never thought possible.
The Fortuner uses more traditional hardware and comes with 2-high, 4-high and 4-low. The latter has 50:50 torque distribution front and rear. The Fortuner gets something called A-Trac or active traction control. The system, instead of sending variable torque to wheels with maximum traction, applies the brake on the wheel without traction. The result is the wheels get maximum grip and all the torque. And since A-Trac is ABS based, it is cost-effective too.
Well, it is a Toyota. And like the Innova, the Fortuner too has the reputation of going on and on. So, even though one does have to spend through their noses to buy the Fortuner, the ownership and resale experience is so good, no one minds it!