The Toyota Fortuner has been ruling its segment for some years now, for it simply demands attention in front of other vehicles, tackles bad roads with aplomb, is renowned for its butch appeal, practicality and of course, bullet proof reliability. The second-generation Fortuner has a lot riding on it, and it takes on the likes of the Ford Endeavour. We list out 10 points, telling you why the Fortuner is a sensible buy.
1) Brute appeal matters
The first-generation was far from being considered timid. And the second-generation Fortuner only adds more of that brute appeal to its already impressive C.V. The ladder-frame chassis of the Fortuner has been strengthened by reinforcing the side rails and suspension towers, while also bolting on beefier cross members, making the chassis stiffer than ever. It also boasts of huge diameter dampers to help it cope with rough roads.
2) Lexus-inspired design
Gone is that upright looking stance, and in comes a more radical, sharp and edgy look. There are some design cues that seem to be borrowed from the Lexus model line-up. It gets a huge, three-slat chrome-embellished grille, flanked by striking headlights. Move to the side and you’ll notice a distinct kink in the window line at the rear. The tail section sports sleek tail lights, joined by a thick band of chrome.
3) The cabin is well built
The cabin of the Toyota Fortuner is beautifully put together. You’ll notice lavish levels of fit and finish. It gets a leather-wrapped dashboard that sports silver accents, an intuitive touchscreen infotainment system and a very contemporary-looking instrument cluster. There are also loads of cubby holes, door pockets and cup holders that make the cabin very practical. Thanks to the sheer width of the SUV, there is loads of space inside; the seats are huge and comfy, but certain plastics do feel a bit hard and low-rent.
4) It gets powerful engines
The Fortuner comes with a 2.8-litre diesel engine that produces 174bhp and 450Nm of torque, making it more powerful than the 3.0-litre unit it replaces. It is paired either to a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. It is also the only SUV to get a petrol engine in its segment: a 2.7-litre, four-cylinder motor that produces 164bhp and 245Nm of torque, mated either to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed auto ‘box. It is sold as an all-wheel-drive and a rear-wheel-drive version.
5) It rides and handles better than before
The non-independent rear suspension and stiff springs ensure the ride is supple, and its centre of gravity is quite high as well. However, it does feel a bit lumpy over bad roads, particularly at slow speeds. It also bounces about quite a bit, but the big wheels crush almost anything that come in their way. The steering has a good amount of weight to it, and it exhibits a lot of body roll but is surprisingly easy to drive. The tyres provide loads of grip.
6) Fuel efficiency has improved
The 2.7-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine delivers a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 10.26kpl for the automatic model and 10.01kpl for the manual model, while the 2.8-litre, diesel engine delivers a fuel efficiency figure of 14.24kpl for the manual model and 12.9kpl for the automatic model.
7) It is packed with equipment
In terms of features, the Fortuner packs in electric adjust and retractable wing mirrors, eight-way power adjust driver seat, rear air-con vents, automatic LED projector headlamps, powered tailgate with memory function for opening height, paddle-shifters, cruise control, leather upholstery, LED daytime-running lamps, keyless entry and go, Eco and Power drive modes, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and one-touch-tumble second row seats
8) You’re safe and sound
In terms of safety, the Fortuner is loaded with rear parking sensors, reverse camera, ABS, hill-hold assist, stability control and hill descent control, Brake Assist, EBD, ESP, traction control and speed sensing door lock.
9) Enough power on tap
Both engines deliver adequate performance. Refinement too, has drastically improved. And it puts down its power in a manner that can only be associated with a Fortuner. The engines are responsive, and there’s good mid-range punch from the diesel engine. Overtaking is an effortless affair, for the Fortuner surges ahead with massive amounts of torque available. In normal mode, power is delivered in a linear fashion and in Sport mode, it becomes very responsive.
10) Bullet-proof reliability
You can buy almost any Toyota in India, and you can rest assured that you will not have to bother making trips to the service station, for these cars offer reliability like no other product in India, and the Fortuner is no exception. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.