The second generation Toyota Fortuner is major departure from the outgoing model in terms of design with the styling taking several hints from the automaker’s premium Lexus models.
Ahead of the official reveal on 17th July, the next generation Toyota Fortuner has been caught completely undisguised in Thailand, revealing all the details on the premium SUV. Launched in India in 2009, the Fortuner is based on the Toyota Hilux pickup platform and is in for a generation change in India next year with a 2016 Auto Expo debut. As the leaked images reveal, the styling on the 2016 Toyota Fortuner is a major departure over the outgoing version and the rugged SUV has opted for an urban appeal, while retaining the super-imposing dimensions.
Unlike the outgoing Toyota Fortuner that resembled the Hilux to a certain degree, the new edition is distinctively different and takes cues from the more premium LC 200 and Lexus range of SUVs. The front fascia is dominated by a wide chrome grille flanked by the chunky chrome bars that merge into the sweptback headlights. The latter gets LED DRLs and HID projectors. The heavily worked bumper gets large air intakes while the fog lamp enclosures are finished in chrome.
The side profile starts with the extended headlight pointing towards the rear and gets a silver finished belt-line that runs around the SUV. The very different bend around the C-pillar lends a unique touch to the SUV. The rear gets wraparound LED tail lamps and a roof spoiler, while a chrome bar rests in the centre with ‘Fortuner’ embossed on it.
On the inside, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner features a completely new dashboard on the lines of the Hilux pickup but distinguishably different. The 4-spoke multi-function steering wheel looks good and the clutter-free design appears premium. The centre console now houses a touchscreen infotainment system and will come with a host of electronic gadgetry over the outgoing version. The third row is also said to get much better space on offer and we do hope Toyota has worked upon improving the ride quality of the SUV. There are also new 18-inch 12-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels to boast about.
Based on Toyotas’s International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform, safety features will be in abundance with a lighter and stiffer chassis and improved front and side impact structure. Engine options will include the new GD series of diesel engines namely a 2.8-litre four-cylinder oil burner with 177 HP and 420 Nm of torque, as well as a smaller 2.4-litre motor making 160 HP and 400 Nm of torque. International markets will also get a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol motor with 164 HP and a 4.0-litre V6 petrol unit producing 278 HP. Transmission options include 6-speed manual and automatic units that will send power to either the rear wheels or all fours.