Toyota Fortuner India Review

Toyota Fortuner India Review 2009

  • Based on Toyota's IMV Platform (Same Platform as Toyota's Innova & Hilux)
  • Lies in-between the RAV4 and the Land Cruiser in Toyota’s international range
  • Eye-catchingly big and looks macho with its high bonnet, waistline and bulged out wheel arches
  • Purposeful bonnet scoop adds to the looks
  • At the front end, the Fortuner received a facelift last year in the form of a revised grille and projector headlamps which make it look more sophisticated
  • The rear is quite attractive with high mounted tail lamps and a chrome strip running in between while a standard spoiler adds sportiness
  • High ground clearance of 221mm
  • 6-spoke alloys with 265/65-R17 tyres
  • Have a striking similarity to the Innova's interiors                                                                                 - a similar dash, steering wheel, centre console and an old-fashioned long stalk gear shifter
  • Seats are plush and comfortable, draped in beige leather
  • The Fortuner is a Seven Seater and comes with a third row
  • Middle row seats can be moved back and forth for increased legroom, of course at the expense of last row space   
  • Climate Control, Dash Mounted Audio System & Rear Parking Sensor come Standard
  • Audio System is Basic                                                                                     - Has a 6 - CD Changer                                                                                  - No AUX or USB input
  • There's a sense of quality all around, but still, there lies hints of the Innova, which is not a good thing, considering the premium pricing.
toyota fortuner india review 2009

Engine / Transmission
  • 2982 cc D-4D Diesel Engine (belongs to the same Common Rail Engine Family as the Innova)
  • Produces 171 PS of power at 3600 rpm
  • 343 Nm of Torque is available from 1400-3400 rpm
  • Five-Speed Manual Transmission, though an automatic box is expected later.
  • The Fortuner features an all-time four wheel drive with 4H, 4Hl and 4Ll modes that make it a capable off-roader.
  • The engine revs lazily and doesn't feel very refined.
  • Needs frequent gearshifts in the city, inspite of being fitted with a VGT
  • The Fortuner glides comfortably on the highway, if you keep the revs little high and most of the overtaking is done in top gear.
  • The gearshift with its long throws isn't exaclty a breeze.
Observations On/Off Road
  • Being a big car, its a bit of misfit in the city traffic
  • Parking Sensors do their bit efficiently to take care of the parking
  • Ride is slightly on the stiffer side and irregularities in tarmac are transferred inside the cabin at high speeds. This isn’t a bother at city speeds though.
Impressive Off Roading Capabilities
  • 4Hl mode features lowered ratios for better torque distribution ; that helps quite a lot in mud bashing
  • The Ultra low-ratio 4Ll mode enables the Fortuner to Climb Up to steep inclines comfortably, the speed not exceeding 15 kmph

Price, the biggest winner

At an ex-showroom price of Rs 18.45 lakh, Delhi, Fortuner is a lucrative option for anyone who wants an SUV sub-25 lakhs. Toyota brand name guarantees solid build quality and reliability. What more, it’s a diesel too! No wonder bookings for the Toyota Fortuner crossed 5000 mark in the first 10 days of its launch.

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