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Toyota Fortuner launched in India

Toyota has just launched the Fortuner in India. Click here for the latest on price, specs etc.

 

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Following on the heels of the Toyota Qualis, and the about to be released Innova, the Toyota Fortuner slots in right below the LandCruiser Prado in the Indian market. 

BY OUR AUTOMOBILES CORRESPONDENT 

The Fortuner will share the IMV platform on which the Toyota Innova too will be based on, and thus there will be some cost efficiencies. If the Innova is going to be quite a cool MPV, the Toyota Fortuner will be a cooler SUV. At one look, one can say confidently that on looks, this one looks like a winner.

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 In foreign markets, Toyota has for long been successfully selling the Toyota 4Runner (Fourrunner) or the Toyota Hilux / Condor. The Fortuner will be the replacement for these successful models. These models are known as the Sport Rider in Thailand and Indonesia. Even the Innova will be launched in those markets alongwith India.

Compared to the Hyundai Tucson which will be launched in India by July 2005, the Fortuner emerges a hands-down winner. Both the Tucson and the Fortuner are priced above Rs 10 lakhs (exact pricing is not kown right now) and at those levels, the Fortuner definitely looks the more complete SUV than the Tucson.

Like all modern day SUVs, the interiors will be car-like, and while one normally would not take them mud-plugging, the Toyota Fortuner will definitely be able to handle most kinds of terrain you can throw at them. For their actual capabilities, we will have to wait for BS Motoring to throw the new compact SUVs together into a four-wheel drive brawl after all of them are launched!

The Fortuner is expected to have seven seats on offer, and will have a wheelbase of  2750mm. That should be enough to offer enough space to the tallest Indian passengers!

Toyota has decided to go the safe way - and so this will be a ladder-on chassis SUV with all its attendant benefits. The front suspension will have independent double wishbone suspension which should make for good control. One cannot expect anything other than rock solid reliability from Toyota after the brilliant success of the Qualis in India, and so we do not expect any trouble on that front.

The Fortuner will be powered by a 2000 cc common rail diesel engine generating 20kgm of torque - think sufficient. There may also be the option of a 3000 cc engine available for the Fortuner in a while.

This is all the information we have available on the Fortuner right now - as more news leaks out, we will keep you posted! Meanwhile, feast your eyes on the photos.

BY OUR AUTOMOBILES CORRESPONDENT


 

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