Next-Gen Toyota Fortuner Spotted Testing In India Ahead Of Launch

Toyota Fortuner, the popular premium SUV from the Japanese auto giant is all set to receive a generation update in India next year. Already launched in a few international markets like Australia and Thailand, the 2017 Toyota Fortuner was recently spotted testing in Bengaluru. Covered in heavy camouflage, this is the first time that the new generation Fortuner has been spotted testing in the country, which indicates Toyota might launch the SUV sooner than we think.

The new-gen Toyota Fortuner SUV made its official debut last year in Thailand. The SUV was seen in a whole new avatar with a bolder design language, aggressive styling, luxurious cabin and a host of new features. Toyota has built the new Fortuner on the company’s latest ‘Toyota New Generation Architecture’ (TNGA) platform, which has made the SUV lighter, yet stiffer thereby improving the ride quality, handling, and safety.

New-Gen Toyota Fortuner

New-Gen Toyota Fortuner

The exterior profile of the new Fortuner has also gone through a number of changes, which is very much prominent from the new slimmer chrome grille flanked by a fat chrome slat on each side and sleeker headlamps with projector units. The SUV also comes with LED daytime running lights and a distinctively moulded beefy front bumper with a central air dam and some additional chrome accents along the round fog lamps. Though this is too much chrome for my liking, but the new Fortuner is definitely a head turner. The character lines on the SUV’s side profile are more subtle and the roof appears to have been lowered a little. At the rear, the premium SUV gets an electric tailgate and LED tail-lamps.

New-Gen Toyota Fortuner Side Profile

New-Gen Toyota Fortuner Side Profile

The new Fortuner has also gotten a bit bigger compared to the outgoing model, which is also seen from the massiveness of this test mule, but that is not entirely the case. In terms of dimensions, the SUV is 90mm longer and 15mm wider than the current model, but it is also 15mm shorter in height and the wheelbase has also been shortened by 5mm. All that said, considering the massive cabin space that the SUV already offers the difference is almost negligible. Inside the car, the cabin has a more upmarket feel to it with the generous use of soft-touch materials and leather seats. A large touchscreen infotainment system display sits in the centre of the dash with the controls for the air conditioning system located below it. The four spoke steering wheel sees mounted telephony and audio controls.

New-Gen Toyota Fortuner Rear

New-Gen Toyota Fortuner Rear

The all-new Toyota Fortuner also features a range of newly developed GD diesel engines which include a 2.4-litre 2GD-FTV unit rated at 148bhp and 400Nm of torque, and a 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV unit rated at 177bhp and 450Nm of torque. The petrol engine variant is unlikely to come to India in the initial phase. Transmission duties will be handled by either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Fortuner SUV is also available in an optional 4×4 layout.

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