An all-new generation of the Toyota Fortuner is about to go on sale in the Australian market and given the vehicle’s massive popularity among Indian buyers, this new model is headed for the Indian market too. Until then, here’s a closer look at the highly improved 2016 model.
The 2016 Fortuner is an entirely new model – something that is apparent from its striking new design that features a large upper grille framed by thick chrome plating that extends around the projector headlamps.
The new design features a prominent three-dimensional trapezoidal front bumper that gets recessed fog lamps on certain variants. Along the side, a prominent character line runs across the doors between the flared front and rear fenders.
The C-pillar has been blacked out for that "floating roof" effect. Other features include side steps, roof rails on certain variants, LED tail lights, a shark-fin antenna and 17 or 18-inch wheels depending on the spec.
Inside, the new Fortuner gets a reversing camera, seven airbags, hill-start assist control, rear air-conditioning, large touchscreen audio display, reverse parking sensors, keyless entry and start and downhill assist control.
In Australia, the new Fortuner is powered by Toyota's 2.8-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that develops up to 450Nm of torque. The engine is mated to either a new 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic.
Being a full size SUV, the Fortuner comes with all-wheel drive, high or low range and a rear differential lock – things that come in handy over rough terrain. Like the old model, this new iteration is expected to do well off-road as well.
When launched here in India, the new Fortuner will replace the existing model and will continue to compete with the Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Trailblazer and the upcoming new models of the Ford Endeavour and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.