New Toyota Fortuner Officially Unveiled
Toyota has just revealed official images of the next generation Fortuner ahead of the vehicle’s global unveil. Spy shots of the suburban utility vehicle (SUV) have been doing the rounds across the internet, but this is the first time that high-resolutions images of the Fortuner have been made available by the company itself.
Design of the new Fortuner has drastically changed as compared to the current model and the new Fortuner now looks similar to Toyota’s other off-roading vehicles that are retailed internationally. On the front, the Sports Utility Vehicle looks very sharp with sleek headlamps and a wedge like bonnet. The front grille gets two chrome slats and a lot of chrome can be found near the fog lamps as well. The Fortuner now comes equipped with LED DRLs, in line with the current generation models.
The side profile gets squared off, wide front fenders and massive wheel arches that add to the macho look of the SUV. It comes with 12-spoke alloy wheels. The roof has been designed in a way to make it look as if it’s ‘floating’ and the beltline gets a kink towards the rear. On the rear end, the taillights look very sleek and they are joined together through a thick chrome slat which itself passes over the number plate housing. The bumper is also designed well and the SUV overall looks very impressive.
Though the Fortuner looks like a new SUV, it still rides on a body-on-frame chassis. The front suspension is the sameas the new Hilux pickup truck that is sold in international markets, while the rear suspension gets a more comfortable five-link coil-spring layout. The new model gets a part time four-wheel drive system as compared to the full time available on the outgoing model. The new Fortuner will be available in 2WD and 4WD configurations with a rear differential lock and hill descent control on some variants.
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The major update on the mechanical front comes in form of the new GD range of engines comprising of a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel and a 2.8-litre motor that will replace the current crop of 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre units respectively. The new 2.4-litre 2GD-FTV engine gives out 148 BHP and 40.78kgm of torque, while the larger 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV churns out 175 BHP and 45.9kgm of torque. Power will be driven to the wheels through a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
New Toyota Fortuner – (Photo Gallery)