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The Toyota Fortuner is a true blue SUV

Wednesday, 9 September 2009 - 11:59pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The Toyota Fortuner will give the other suvs a run for their money.

The Toyota Fortuner is here… at long last. Just like the way people waited and waited for the Skoda Fabia to make it onto Indian shores, similarly, SUV lovers in India waited for Toyota's acclaimed SUV to arrive here.

After bringing in the Land Cruiser and the new Camry, Toyota recently introduced it's much-awaited Fortuner. The Fortuner's arrival augments the hotting up of competition in the SUV segment and other SUVs in the market such as Ford Endeavour as well as Chevrolet Captiva who will have to brace themselves for some stiff competition.

The Toyota Fortuner comes strapped with a 3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine that belts out 34.98 kg-m torque @1400-3400 rpm. Besides the 5-speed manual transmission, it comes with a full-time 4WD which adds to the excitement of driving this beast through almost any kind of terrain.

There are SUVs and there are SUVs but the Toyota Fortuner sure is the real thing. Besides being one hell of a handsome SUV, which appeals to the eyes almost instantly, one of the first things that will strike you when you stand beside it is that it actually dwarfs you due to its sheer dominating size.

Make no mistake, the Fortuner has extraordinary road presence and is definitely a head-turner. Besides with 4X4 capabilities, the excitement doubles.

The Fortuner is a non-fuss, gallant SUV that comes with simple, clean lines and that unmistakable stamp of Toyota’s reliability. The bonnet scoop on the Fortuner to cool the intercooler while speeding along with the projector-type headlights to illuminate your path and the 17-inch tyres to provide the much needed grip on different road surfaces add to the Fortuner's appeal on the outside.

Step inside and you'll appreciate the elegant and roomy interiors. The multi-information display control, a six-cd changer, luxurious leather upholstery, steering mounted controls along with an easy to read instrument panel in chrome plated rings add to the Fortuner's understated charm.

The automatic air-con along with the rear cooler switch and blower control for rear passengers ensures cooling and comfort for all the passengers.

As far as safety features are concerned, the Fortuner could have brought in some more features considering its price tag of Rs 21,95000 (on road, Mumbai). However, currently, it offers ABS for better braking performance, SRS front airbags for passenger and driver and back Sonar which assists while reversing and parking.

Available in five colours, Grey Mica Metallic, Silver Mica Metallic, Black Mica, Super White and Light Blue Metallic, the Fortuner comes with a 100,000 kms/ three years warranty.

Tech Specs
Length: 4695mm
Width: 1840mm
Height: 1850mm
Ground Clearance: 221mm
Kerb Weight: 1955 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity:
80 litres
Turning Radius: 5.9m

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