The Japs really know how to make good cars and bikes and to give a clear idea, all the tremendously famous cars sold in the Indian market, like Innova, Fortuner, Maruti Swift, Alto, all are Japanese. Fortuner has ruled the Indian SUV market from since the time it was launched in the country. I still remember giving that jaw dropping look when I first saw the Fortuner in flesh, right in front of my eyes. Fortuner instantly became the first choice for the ones who didn’t want an Indian SUV and wanted something more premium, reliable and potent. Hence Fortuner was a no brainer choice.
Recently I had a chance to lay my hands on the all-new 2016 Fortuner at Toyota’s own dirt ground, the Boot Camp, which the company has been organizing for quite a long time now. First things first, the car has been upgraded in all senses be its exterior looks, inside the cabin, under the hood or electronics. As soon as first pictures flooded the internet I was surprised as the effort put by Toyota designers was visible. The car came with huge visual changes from front headlights to taillights, all the body lines were new, and the whole silhouette of this SUV got upgraded. The pictures impressed but seeing it in the flesh actually revealed how massive Toyota designers have made the new car.
Inside the cabin, Fortuner feels seriously upmarket as the judicial use of leather, high-quality dashboard and intelligently designed panels and buttons have made the car feel none less than high-end cars. Practically, quite a number of cubby holes and bottle holders have been placed very thoughtfully to make this space as easy and practical as it can be. So the car gets full marks especially in terms of the cabin experience.
It was now time to take it to the places it has been built to call home. The boot camp has been designed to test a specific capability of the car. From chicken holes, mountain elevation, water wading test, speed zone, slush pit and much more, everything was there for Fortuner to prove that it can easily be driven by even the most amateur drivers in the most extreme off roads without any hassle at all.
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The car comes with a knob that is used to select the modes such as H2, H4, and L4. What these modes will do for you is that they change the car driving behavior according to the terrain. For example when driving on metalled roads with H2. When driving off road select H4 and when the terrain gets really tough (when driving in the hilly section or into the jungles) select L4. The first two modes can be engaged on the go while the last mode can only be chosen while the car is in the neutral gear.
The car also comes with Active traction control feature, so how is this different from the usual traction control? Well, it is a more intelligent version of the standard traction control. Imagine you are struck in a really bad slush, the normal traction control will just prevent tires from skidding on a single place while the Active traction control will distribute the power intelligently and provide more power to the tire with more traction. Isn’t that a fabulous tech? Yes, it is!
The most impressive feature apart from the ATC was its Downhill Assist Control. In simplest words, this control will allow the car to be driven safely on to the steep slope areas. When going downhill, just activate the DAC button and the car will electronically control its speed but don’t forget to hold the steering wheel (it’s not exactly a self-driven car.).
Apart from these electronic wizardly, the car handles like a pro when going over tight chicanes, so that makes the Fortuner an effective handler. And also its minimum steering radius ensures the car take really tight turns when needed. As I have some real life experience off roads, I know how important it is for a car to have a small turning radius so all thumbs up to Fortuner on its driving part. Taking you to the suspensions, the most significant change you can notice in the new Fortuner is that it’s less bumpy and that won’t make you headbang every time you hit a deep pothole for which our Indian roads are famous.
We had a limited time to test the Fortuner, until next time we hope to take it out on a really nice road drive and tell you more about it from everyday utility’s point of view. Stay tuned for more such updates.
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Safety & Security
- VSC [Vehicle Stability Control] with BA [Brake Assist] [Except 2WD MT]
- HAC [Hill Assist Control] [Except 2WD MT]
- DAC [Downhill Assist Control] [Only on 4WD]
- 7 SRS Airbags Front Seats: WIL Concept Seats [Whiplash Injury Lessening]
- Child Restraint System: ISOFIX + Tether Anchor on 2nd Row All Row 3-point ELR Seat Belts Front Row: Pretensioner + Force Limiter Immobilizer + Horn
- ABS with EBD Speed Auto Lock with Emergency Unlock Impact Absorbing Structure with Pedestrian Protection Support Airbag Manual Cut-off Switch
- Bi-Beam LED Projector Headlamps
- Dusk Sensing Headlamps
- Auto Headlamp Leveling
- LED DRLs
- Follow-me-home Headlamps
- Front Fog Lamps with Chrome Surround
- SMART Entry and Push Start/Stop Illuminated Entry System – Puddle Lamps under Outside Mirror
- New Design Alloys Chrome Plated Door Handles and Window Beltline
- LED Rear Combination Lamps
- Fully Automatic Power Back Door with Height Adjust Memory and Jam Protection
Dimensions & Weight Overall
- [LxWxH] 4.795 m x 1.855 m x 1.835 m
- Wheelbase 2.745 m
- Turning Radius 5.8 m
- Fuel Tank Capacity 80 l
- Seating Capacity 7 Seater
- Gross Vehicle Weight 2610 kg [2WD], 2735 kg [4WD] 2500 kg