We reported earlier that Toyota is working on an all-new Fortuner SUV and Innova MPV which is scheduled to go on sale in 2016. If media reports are to be believed, the company is planning to launch two new variants of the Fortuner by festive season. This could be the move to offer more options to its buyers and keep customers interested in current model before launching the new generation models in the country.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor is likely to introduce an entry-level variant of the SUV with a smaller 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine and a new top-of-the line variant. The top spec model will get an automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive system. The entry-level Fortuner will smaller engine will target the masses while the high-end model with automatic gearbox will appeal the consumers looking for automatic convenience along with go-anywhere characteristic.
The Toyota Fortuner is propelled by a 3.0-litre 4-cylinder D-4D turbo diesel engine that churns out a maximum power output of 168bhp and 343Nm of torque. The new entrant will get the 2.5-litre D-4D motor that develops 143bhp and 343Nm of peak torque. This engine will be paired to a five-speed manual transmission which sends the power to front wheels of the SUV.
The current model is offered with 5-speed manual and automatic transmission; however, the auto gearbox is only available with rear wheel drive. With automatic transmission option with the four wheel drive system, the Fortuner SUV will surely become an attractive offering to buyers.