Ever since Toyota stepped in the premium SUV segment with the Fortuner, it has ruled the roost and how! .At the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi, the company announced the new models (4x2 MT, 4x2 AT, 4x4 MT) along with changes to the exterior as well as interiors. At 4705mm in length, 1840mm in width and 1850mm in height, the new Fortuner might be smaller than the Ford Endeavour and the Mitsubishi Pajero, but at the same time, it is much wider than both the rivals and this is what gives the Fortuner massive road presence. Additionally, it also has a class leading ground clearance of 220mm, giving it that ‘high’ feeling. The new Fortuner improves on the previous version in the way it looks from almost all angles.
The new 2012 Fortuner gets a Land Cruiser type front-end while simply put, makes it look stunning!rnClimbing into the Fortuner, the first thing that sets the mood for changes to come your way are the sporty pedals – they simply look fab! Next, the steering wheel is new (similar to the one found on the top end Innova though) and feels good to hold. It also houses the usual buttons for various functions including audio system, Bluetooth connected phone and multi-information display. Shift your attention to the central console and you see the new touch screen double-DIN head unit that also has DVD player and USB / Bluetooth connectivity. It also doubles up as a display for the reverse camera.
The Fortuner retains the spaciousness on the inside and can seat seven well built adults in comfort.rnOne of the biggest strengths of the Fortuner has been its engine. It makes use of the famous and ultra-reliable D-4D unit in a 3.0-litre format. On paper, it develops 169PS of power and 343Nm of torque which means it develops more power than its direct rival the 3.0-litre Endeavour though the latter puts out more torque. The new 2012 Fortuner is available in three variants with the same engine but two transmission options and both 4x2 and 4x4. Turn the key, start the car and the engine rests into a noticeable idle. The D-4D engine was never known for its smooth character though the overall NVH levels are superbly under control inside the cabin.
Huge tyres, 220mm of ground clearance and soft suspension means that Fortuner is a comfortable companion over all types of roads with the only issue being the slightly bumpy ride over bad roads at low speeds. This vehicle is not meant to be slowed down for bad roads – drive it this way and you will simply love the way the Fortuner handles. The new 2012 Toyota Fortuner range starts at Rs 19.99 lakh for the 4x2 MT version, going upto Rs 20.99 lakh for the 4x4 MT one with the 4x2 AT cleverly placed in the middle at Rs 20.69 lakh, with all prices being ex-showroom, New Delhi.rnApart from new creature comforts, the Fortuner also looks much better from the outside while pampering and cocooning the passengers in a much better way as compared to the earlier iteration. For a detailed analysis read below-