Expert Review of Toyota Fortuner
Toyota Fortuner is undoubtedly one of the best-selling luxury SUV in India. The company has modified the exteriors of this model recently in a bid to improve its sales further. The company has modified all the existing variants in this SUV model series including its base version, Toyota Fortuner 4x2 Manual. The changes are mostly regarding the exterior cosmetics such as a newly designed front and rear bumpers, new wheel arches and a slightly tweaked radiator grille. These new aspects have brought a refreshing new look with a lot of muscular and sporty cues. The company also made changes to the interiors by increasing the size of the touchscreen DVD display and provided rear AC vent control switches on the dashboard. The company made no changes to the technicalities or mechanism of this engine and retained the same old 3.0-litre, D-4D diesel engine under the hood. This engine comes with a built-in turbocharger and has a total displacement capacity of 2982cc. With these new aspects, this SUV is going to create tough competition in the luxury SUV segment of India.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The refurbished version of Toyota Fortuner comes with the same 3.0-litre, 4-cylinder, D-4D inter cooled turbo diesel engine under the hood. This engine comes incorporated with an advanced common rail fuel injection system that allows it to produce a minimum 9.25 Kmpl under standard city road conditions, while returning 12.55 Kmpl on the highways.
The company is currently offering this particular SUV in a total of seven exterior paint options for the customers to choose from. These include a subtle looking Silver Mica metallic, a Grey Mica metallic, a Silky Gold Mica paint, a pleasant looking Blue metallic shade, a White Pearl color, a Super White paint and Black finish as well.
Acceleration and Pick up
The engine fitted under its hood is a 4-cylinder, 3.0-litre, inter cooled turbo diesel engine. This engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox that enables the motor to produce flawless performance. It takes only about 14.5 seconds for the vehicle to reach 100 Kmph speed mark and can go up to a maximum speed of about 175 Kmph, which is rather good.
The latest version of this SUV comes with much better looks in comparison to the outgoing model. The company has modified the designs of its front and rear bumpers, while giving a minor tweak to the radiator grille and wheel arches. This modification helped in bringing a macho and aggressive look to the vehicle. What really is impressive about this vehicle is the sporty front bumper that makes the front profile intimidating. The radiator grille above it is more pronounced and it is treated with a lot of chrome accents. This grille is flanked by a clear lens headlight cluster that is powered by projector style headlamps along with turn indicators. On the sides, the design of its fenders have been improved and are fitted with a set of classy alloy wheels. You can also notice some of the exterior features such as roof rails, foot step, chrome plated door handles and body colored ORVM caps. The rear profile of this SUV is fitted with a unique design taillight cluster with chrome surround and it is complimented by a chrome plated strip fitted on the boot lid. The bumper gets a slight re-treatment that brings a refreshing new look to the rear.
The refurbished version of this SUV comes with the same old features, but it also has a few improved aspects that enhances the comfort and conveniences. The company has installed a much bigger touch screen device incorporated with audio function inside the cabin. This system enables the users to connect their iPod device along with USB, AUX-In and Bluetooth compatible devices. In addition to this, you can now control the rear AC vents by the control switches offered on the dashboard. This luxury SUV comes with an array of features including a multi-information display, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio control and Bluetooth switches, key less entry function, cruise control system, rear camera with display, 6-way adjustable driver seat, printed antenna, and many other advanced features.
The company has revised this vehicle, but retained its exterior dimensions without any changes. This luxury SUV comes with a total length of 4705mm, overall width of about 1840mm and with an impressive height of about 1850mm. The ground clearance of this SUV is 220mm and its wheelbase is calculated at about 2750mm, which is remarkable.
The Toyota Fortuner 4x2 Manual trim is equipped with a powerful 4-cylinder, 3.0-litre, D-4D diesel engine that makes 2982cc displacement capacity. The manufacturer has built this engine on a DOHC valve configuration and incorporated with an inter-cooled turbocharger. The fuel is injected to the cylinders through the CRDi fuel supply system that enables the motor to produce a maximum 169bhp of power at 3600, while yielding 343Nm of peak torque output in between 1400 to 3400rpm. This high performance engine is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the engine torque to the front wheels.
This SUV's wheel arches are equipped with a set of 17-inch stylish alloy wheels, which will bring a sporty appeal to the side. The company covered these sporty styled alloy wheels with 265/65 R15 sized tubeless radial tyres.
This particular trim of the Toyota Fortuner model series comes with a sturdy suspension system and it is capable of dealing with rugged road conditions. Its front axle is fitted with double wishbone suspension system and the 4-link type of suspension system is fitted to the rear axle along with lateral rod. This will enhance the overall mechanism and keeps the vehicle stable irrespective of conditions.
Handling and Control
This premium sports utility vehicle is blessed with a conventional drum and disc braking system, which will provide reliable and precise braking. The manufacturer has assembled the front wheels of this vehicle with a pair of ventilated disc brakes, while equipping the rear wheels with a set of leading-trailing drum brakes. The functionality and mechanism of these brakes are reinforced by ABS with EBD and brake assist system. Apart from these, the company is also offering this vehicle with an advanced stability control program.
Interior space is good, engine performance outstanding.
Outdated interior design, fuel efficiency is poor.