New Toyota Fortuner 2016 launches in India: Price, features and availability

Toyota Fortuner, the much-anticipated SUV has launched in India starting at Rs. 25.92 lakh for the manual petrol variant. However, you have to shell out Rs. 31.12 lakh for the 4×4 automatic diesel trim.

Commenting on the launch, Hiroki Nakajima, chief engineer for the Fortuner disclosed the strength of the Fortuner brand. He also demonstrated the product reliability, which has tremendously helped in the growth of the company’s market share. The Fortuner SUV has hit the Indian market about seven years ago.

Toyota Fortuner features

The Toyota Fortuner touted to be the second-generation SUV feature major design changes including few mechanical modifications also. The 2016 edition of Fortuner ships with all-new diesel and petrol engines from the carmaker’s GD Series line-up. This engine has been integrated with the new Innova Crysta. While the petrol version features a 2.7-litre engine, the diesel variant is equipped with a 2.8-litre engine.

The Toyota Fortuner 2016 features improved features. The cabin is equipped with soft-touch materials, leather seats, and high-quality plastics including an enhanced modern dashboard design.

The Toyota Fortuner is primarily based on the new Toyota New Generation Architecture’ (TNGA) platform, which more or less looks same as the new Innova Crysta. According to Toyota, the newly launched SUV is lighter, stiffer and promises improved ride quality, handling, and safety.

Toyota Fortuner petrol version provides 164bhp motor

The diesel version features a 77bhp, 2.8-litre GD-Series oil burner developing 360Nm of torque. However, the petrol variant is equipped with a new 2.7-litre gasoline motor that makes 164bhp and develops 245Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with an option to choose either a 6-speed manual gearbox or automatic transmission of the same level.

Recently, the Supreme Court had banned registration of new diesel vehicles with over two-litre engines for an eight-month period starting December 2015. This judgment had caused a substantial slump in the sales of vehicles of Toyota.

The new Fortuner 2016 will have to compete with the likes of Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Chevrolet Trailblazer.

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