Toyota Fortuner 4×2 Diesel Automatic Review

“A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence,” said famous essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th century. But hey!! It’s the 21st century and a little bit of style statement and presence helps further one’s credibility. The Toyota Fortuner was absolutely adept at performing the task.

2017 Toyota Fortuner 4x2 Automatic

For many years now, the Fortuner has been the go-to SUV if you needed to assert your authority on the road and otherwise. Well, it was showing age and Toyota got us the new generation in time. It is based on a new ladder frame TNGA platform which is much stiffer compared to the outgoing model. In person, the Fortuner manages to retain its presence and standing beside it, you feel puny. The front design with sleeker headlamps involving multiple contours and LED layout put me in two minds.

For many years now, the Fortuner has been the go-to SUV if you needed to assert your authority on the road and otherwise. Well, it was showing age and Toyota got us the new generation in time. It is based on a new ladder frame TNGA platform which is much stiffer compared to the outgoing model. In person, the Fortuner manages to retain its presence and standing beside it, you feel puny. The front design with sleeker headlamps involving multiple contours and LED layout put me in two minds.

2017 Toyota Fortuner 4x2 Automatic

The front design with sleeker headlamps involving multiple contours and LED layout put me in two minds. It looks contemporary and upmarket but do I necessarily want a sedan like  headlamps? No. I’d rather prefer an old school squarish element to go with the new redesigned grille garnished with chrome. Barring this, Toyota has got the exterior spot on. Big dimensions with minimalist design approach and all three blacked out pillars create an illusion of a floating roof. The taillamp has a slim profile connected to each other by a thick chrome slat housing the ‘Fortuner’ branding.

2017 Toyota Fortuner 4x2 Automatic interior

Stepping inside, an average sized guy needs to use the side-step! Sign of a true blue SUV. Toyota has improved its game considerably moulding itself a new image. The extremely reliable people carrier now  comes with all the bells and whistles associated with a premium utility vehicle. I am a little bummed out by the fact that Toyota has given real wood grain interior a miss in the Indian version of Fortuner. Rest, the interior has improved by leaps and bounds including touchscreen which helps access entertainment and car systems. The navigation system is clutter free and one that I have started to appreciate more and more.

One thing I despise is driving a big burly SUV on single carriageways. With the Toyota Fortuner 4×2 Diesel Automatic,  it was extremely easy to traverse through the rural roads and steep ghat section. With the hill hold function,driving became a tireless job which most would want considering that over 75% of Fortuner’s would be used heavily for inter-city commute on regular basis. I won’t be surprised if most customers opt for the 4×2 variant when buying one.

2017 Toyota Fortuner 4x2 Automatic

An automatic transmission comes with its own muddle. It feels sluggish especially in the first and second gear as hauling such enormous amount of weight is just as tough as a toddler’s first few steps. Only that this gearbox needs to repeat it every time it comes to standstill. The steering mounted paddle shifters offer a better control of the gearbox which negates the problem to a large extent.

For the average buyer who makes occasional trips to remote locations connected by dusty unpaved roads the two wheel drive variant will suffice. For the enthusiast buying it to put to test the capability, the additional lakh or two are definitely worth it. Rain or rut, ditch or slush the Fortuner manages to plough through easily.

For long Toyota has been producing bland cars. With the Innova Crysta and Fortuner, things have changed a lot but so has the price. Initially, when launched in 2009, the Fortuner was priced from INR 18 lakh. With the new generation, Toyota has priced the base model at INR  25.92 lakh. With a very healthy competitor in form of Ford Endeavour, the Fortuner looks like pushing the envelope slightly.

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Engine Specifications:
Diesel – 2755cc, 4cyl, turbodiesel, [email protected], 420Nm(MT)/ 450Nm(AT)@1600-2400rpm, 6-speedManual/6-speed Automatic.
Petrol – 2694cc, 4cyl, petrol, [email protected], [email protected], 5-speed Manual/6-speed Automatic
Wheelbase: 2745mm, Tank capacity: 80 litres, Tyres: 265/65 R17 (2WD), 265/60 R18 (4WD)

Toyota Fortuner 4×2 Diesel Automatic Features:

Cruise control
Leather seats
Multi function steering wheel
Paddle shifters mounted on steering wheel
88-wayelectric adjustable driver’s seat
TFT screen in the instrument panel in between speedometer and tachometer dials
Cooling facility in glovebox
Auto Climate control
Rear AC vents
8-inch colour screen on the centre dash which helps access entertainment and car systems.

Toyota Fortuner 4×2 Diesel Automatic Safety:

4 Wheel Disc Brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist (BA)
7 SRS airbags
Vehicle stability control (VSC)
Speed auto lock with emergency unlock
WIL-Safe (Whiplash Injury Lessening) front seats
All row three point ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts with Pre-Tensioner & Force Limiter (PT/FL) in front row

Toyota Fortuner Petrol Variant (Ex-showroom prices)
2WD MT: Rs 25.92 lakh
2WD AT: Rs 27.67 lakh

Toyota Fortuner Diesel Variant (Ex-showroom prices)
2WD MT: Rs 27.52 lakh
2WD AT: Rs 29.14 lakh

4WD MT: Rs 30.05 lakh
4WD AT: Rs 31.12 lakh

 

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