Expert Review

Toyota Fortuner

Since its launch, the Toyota Fortuner has been the go-to premium SUV in the Indian market. Along with macho looks, off-road capabilities, premium features and a powerful engine, it comes with Toyota’s reliability. In the new iteration, many changes can be seen under the hood, it now comes with a single petrol and diesel engine option. The petrol model misses out on the 4X4 system but it can be seen on the diesel model available in both manual and automatic gearboxes.


The Fortuner is massive in size with 4795mm in length, 1855mm in width and 1835mm in height and it gets a ground clearance of 220mm. In terms of styling, the new iteration gets updated design which now makes it look more sharp, aggressive and sporty. It gets large air dams on the front bumper for better engine cooling, it gets multi-spoke alloy wheels and clear lens type tail lamps at the rear. In addition to this, for that added bling you will find added chrome elements all over.


The cabin of the Fortuner doesn't disappoint at all, it stands to its word - a premium SUV. With the new iteration, the interiors have been re-furnished too. It gets new steering that feels chunky and it also gets sporty pedals along with various multi-functional buttons on it. There is a faux wood finish which pushes up the ambience of the SUV, single-zone climate control system with rear AC vents, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control and Keyless Start/ Button Start.


The Fortuner loves to munch down miles and it does it with ease. It has a powerful engine and can tackle tough terrains with ease. With the high ground clearance, good approach and descent angle and the off-road pedigree it doesn't disappoint at all. Toyota offers the Fortuner with good visibility because of the high seating position and the ride quality isn't that bad.


With the BS6 model launched, Toyota now offers the Fortuner with one petrol and diesel engine option only. The Petrol model is powered with a 2.7-litre unit that generates 164 bhp of power and 245 Nm of twist. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel model gets a 2.8-litre unit that produces 174 bhp of power and 450 Nm of torque. This engine is coupled to a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox.


Standard safety features include 7 airbags, ABS and EBD, Brake Assist, ESP, Hill Hold Control, Traction Control, speed alert system and seat belt reminder system.


Toyota offers the Fortuner with a 3 Year / 100000 warranty. While the general maintenance cost at 10000km or 12 months will vary from Rs 7000 to Rs 13000.


The Toyota Fortuner competes with the Ford Endeavour, Skoda Kodiaq and the Mahindra Alturas G4.


The Toyota Fortuner retails between Rs 28.2 lakh to Rs 33.97 lakh (EX-Showroom, India). With its high-riding stance, spacious cabin, rich creature comfort features and Toyota’s reliability, the Fortuner is the most popular premium SUV that sells in huge volumes.