Noted automobile maker Toyota has been quite busy with SUV segment as it could do a good business in this segment. Despite its brisk business in this segment, the Fortuner was sitting idly by when other models such Rexton, CR-V, Yeti and the Santa Fe were getting sold as hot cakes in the market. The company did not do anything to improve the sale of its SUV to stay in contention. Of late, the company has finally given its top-end 3.0-liter 4WD variant an automatic gearbox so that vehicle lovers can finally have a capable Fortuner without having to change gears while driving. Is it enough to keep the big Toyota relevant in a sea of modern competition? We have to wait and see.
Look and Feel
When company decided to revamp the structure, Fortuner was given some small visual tweaks to make its outside appearance look better. The changes implemented include slightly smoked out head and tail lamps, and addition of chrome bezels in the fog lamps. It also has a new 12-spike dark grey alloy wheels to add to its external appeal. Moreover, the revamped model also comes in a totally new colour Mica Grey.
The interiors of the revamped model now come in all black themes with little wood varnish on the dash and door pads. The look is simple and rather muted. However, Toyota makes up for it by making sure that there are plenty of customer comforts. There is a lot of space in the middle row. Only catch is that the customers would have to fold up the third row seats to reach massive storage area on the rear side of the vehicle.
The new vehicle gets cruise control and auto xenon headlamps with washers to drive in dark and rainy conditions. It also comes with a reverse camera, power adjustable driver’s seat and a new touch-screen for the dashboard. The much talked-about dashboard houses an infotainment navigation unit that features a voice control. This feature is a little slow to respond to the adjustments made. The facilities inside the SUV are connected using AUX, USB and Bluetooth options. Under the hood, the revamped vehicle comes with a 3.0-liter engine that can produce a power of 171PS and a torque of 343 Nm. Though the engine is smooth and punchy, it is still quite loud inside the cabin. With this engine specification, it can reach 100 kilometres per hour speed within 12 seconds. It also comes with a 5-speed torque converter that is similar to the one found in 4×2 variant.