Toyota Fortuner 2012 India
Toyota Fortuner has dominated the sales in its segment right from its launch in the year 2008. The new 2012 Toyota Fortuner has sharper finish and the interiors are plusher than before. This updated Fortuner is likely to be launched sometime in early 2012. The engine is likely to remain the same. The SUV has been launched for sale in Thailand markets and is expected to enter India markets in the first half of 2012. The new design gives the Fortuner much more impressive and aggressive nose. The new stretched head lamps and restyled bonnet are other highlights.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Engine
The Toyota Fortuner is equipped with a diesel engine. The engine is front and longitudinal installed. The common-rail, direct injection, turbo-diesel engine is equipped with four cylinders in-line with 2982cc. The Bore/stroke is 96.0/ 103.0 with a power of 168bhp at 3600rpm. The Torque is 35kgm at 1400-3400rpm. The vehicle comes with 4-speed automatic transmission gear box and five speed manual transmission.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Exteriors
The changes are clearly visible right from the front lights to the new design for the alloy wheels and the new clear-lens tail lamps. The grille is larger with the angular headlights. The bumpers have also not been spared from the makeover which reminisces you of the Land Cruiser. The intercooler on the bonnet gets more oxygen with larger intake. The overall shape of the Toyota Fortuner exteriors still remains intact.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Interiors
Inside the cabin Toyota Fortuner has a new centre console with a six-inch touch-screen similar to the one on the Corolla and new Innova. This enables you to control the audio system, new DVD player and the reverse camera. The drive wheel is now equipped with Bluetooth telephony function with a new look as well.
This time the Toyota Fortuner on the inside is looking more attractive with the large touch screen display. The dashboard still has the Innova feel but feels a lot more up market and lives well up to the premium nature of the Fortuner.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Safety Features
The Toyota Fortuner comes equipped with airbags for the driver and front passenger, along with ABS. All passengers except the middle rear passenger get a three-point seat belt. It meets Toyota’s stringent GOA body standards, which means it will absorb the impact optimally while retaining the integrity of the passenger cell.
Toyota Fortuner Colors
The Toyota Fortuner is available in colors options of Silver Metallic, Black Mica, Beige Mica Metallic (Gold), Dark Grey Mica Metallic, Blue Metallic and Super white. The Super white and Black Mica have been the toast of the audience until now for the current models.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Ride and Handling
The Toyota Fortuner is not very fortunate with the automatic gear box. The auto gear is not up to the mark and this really comes as a shock for a vehicle of this class and caliber. The option of a six speed auto gear could have set the fortunes rolling to say the least, and we hope Toyota is listening on this account.
Having said that, the four speed automatic offers decent drivability. Initially the car takes some time to rev up but it does get going without too much of a fuss. The gear shift is smooth as knife through butter and surely there is no doubting the refinement of the gearbox. The overtaking is a normal task with its quick kick down to a lower gear and allows you to overtake with considerable ease. On the top speeds however you are left wanting for more.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Specifications
The new Fortuner comes with a 3-litre diesel engine. It produces a power of 168bhp with 35kgm torque. The kerb weight is 1955kg with a length, width and height of 4695/1840/1850mm.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Ex-showroom Price
The New Toyota Fortuner will be on par with most premium SUVs in the range of Rs 22 lakh and upwards.
Toyota Fortuner Models
Toyota Fortuner 3.0V Navi 4WD : 4wd Full time and 4 A/T
Toyota Fortuner 3.0V 4WD: 4wd Full time and 4 A/T
Toyota Fortuner 3.0V 2WD: Rear Wheel Drive and 4 A/T
Toyota Fortuner 2.7V 2WD: Rear Wheel Drive and 4 A/T
Toyota Fortuner 2.5G M/T: Rear Wheel Drive and 5 M/T
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Competitors
The Toyota Fortuner is a SUV with no pretentions about it. It has all the right ingredients with a good road presence, strong performance, space and practicality. The only black spot could be the engine which takes some time to come to terms. The body-on-frame design makes for a solid strength but does not give the same sophisticated ride and handling of a Honda CR-V.
Compare Toyota Fortuner 2012 with other Models
Audi A4 vs Toyota Fortuner: The Audi A4 scores in terms of German engineering, plush leather interiors and exceptionally refined silent diesel engine. The Fortuner has a better design, Style, Peformance, and Image compared to any vehicle in its class.
Honda CRV vs Toyota Fortuner 2012: The Honda CRV has a good fuel efficiency, performance and drives like a car. The 2.0 litre engine is smooth and is just about as good as its 2.4 litre sibling. The Fortuner is far more powerful than the Honda but falls a little flat on the mileage.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 vs Ford Endeavour: The Ford Endeavour has a surprisingly cramped interiors due to high flooring and rear passengers suffer the most while the Fortuner also has a poor third row seating. The Fortuner is slightly powerful but also delivers slightly lower mileage compared to the Endeavour.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 vs Nissan X Trail: The Fortuner wins hands by down 5 lakhs in terms of the cost. The Nissan X Trail is a neat soft roader that looks good and drives well however the Fortuner is the best SUV up to the Rs 20 Lakh bracket as an overall package. Also Nissan still needs to go a long way in terms of the brand image, dealer network, and service back up in India.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 vs Skoda Yeti: For a brand like Skoda, the Yeti is surprisingly cheaper by two lakhs and delivers on most fronts as an SUV. The Fortuner is far more powerful, bigger and better in specifications.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 vs Chevrolet Captiva: The Captiva has bold looks, contemporary interiors and style. Overall it is a good all round soft roader. Both are almost identical in terms of overall size with the Captiva being slightly wider and fuel efficient.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 vs Hyundai Santa Fe: The Santa Fe is spacious, comfortable and a capable softroader. However the Toyota Fortuner wins hands down in terms of the looks. The Santa Fe is more powerful while the Fortuner is available in all the drive variants and auto gear as well.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 vs Mitsubishi Pajero: The Pajero is surely a better monster on the road with its rally heritage and great off roading capabilities. However it loses to the Fortuner with its dated looks, drab interiors and higher pricing. The Pajero is however more fuel efficient.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Awards
The leading car magazine, Autocar Middle East, voted the Toyota Fortuner as the 'Best Small Sports Utility Vehicle' in 2006.
Autocar India Awards 2010 - SUV of the Year - Toyota Fortuner
Toyota Fortuner won the laurels for being the Enthusiast's Delight at the Autobild CarWale, The Golden Steering Wheel Awards.
Toyota Fortuner 2012 Mileage
On the long drives the Fortuner returns about 10.8kpl which is a fairly decent figure considering its huge kerb weight and all-wheel drive. The 80-litre fuel tank should offer a safe range of 800km with careful driving.
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