Toyota has revealed the next generation Fortuner, which will
have its debut in India in early 2016. The current generation
Toyota Fortuner has proved to be a great success.
The 2016 Toyota Fortuner has an uneven exterior look with
angular-shaped chrome grille, short front overhang, tall ground
clearance as well as high beltline. The window-line kink is
there to visually improve the flanks and break up the sides.
Its only drawback is that it creates a blind spot. The vehicle
has received new rear end taillights with some chrome accents.
The step bumper makes the roof and a stepping point for getting
into the rear cargo area easier to access. Side steps below the
doors also facilitate entry and exit.
Depending on trim level, the Fortuner comes with either 17” or
18” alloy wheels. The two higher trim levels come with a roof
rack, fog lights, and reverse parking sensors. Every trim level
comes with a rear-view camera. As for the trim levels, there
are the base GX, midgrade GXL, and the range-topping Crusade.
The Crusade is equipped with extra features, including bi-LED
headlights, LED daytime running lights, a power-operated rear
hatch, and the 18” wheels.
2016 Toyota Fortuner Interior
Little is known about the 2016 Toyota Fortuner’s interior, but
it is estimated that there will be no major changes and updates
in comparison to the 2016 Toyota Hilux on which is based.
Front and rear air conditioning, seven airbags, hill-start
control, and an emergency stop light for hard braking
situations are likely to be common to all trim levels. The
Fortuner also comes with an air conditioned cooler box that
keeps food and drinks cool or warm.
If that’s the case, the Fortuner should have a well-designed
gauge cluster accompanied by two analog gauges flanking a
center information screen. A large touch-sensitive infotainment
screen dominates the center dashboard and controls the
functions such as radio, navigation, and vehicle settings.
As for the seating, it is arranged in a 2+3+2 format. The
second and third row seats can fold flat.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood of the new Fortuner 2016 will be Toyota’s
2.8-liter 1GD 4-cylinder turbodiesel, mated to the 6-speed
automatic transmission. The engine delivers 174 horsepower and
331 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration from 0-60 mph
sprint in about 9.5 seconds, while top speed is 115 mph.
The customers can opt for a 6-speed manual transmission as
well, though the engine’s torque is then reduced to 309
Behind both the manual and automatic transmission is the
two-speed transfer case. The part-time system offers
conventional RWD, 4WD high range, 4WD low range, and a neutral
Price and release date
Toyota has not yet announced information on the pricing of the
2016 Toyota Fortuner, although it is expected to have a
starting price of around $45,000. New Fortuner was
unveiled on July-17 2015, and will be released on market early