India bound Toyota Fortuner gets 5 star safety rating
Toyota Fortuner is one of the most popular and best selling SUV in India
Toyota Fortuner is one of the most popular SUV in India, and it is also the best selling SUV in the country. The next generation of Toyota Fortuner is expected to be launched in the country sometime in next year. Meanwhile the Latin NCAP, the most prestigious crash test agency of Latin America conducted crash test on the India bound Toyota Fortuner, which is built on the same platform as the Toyota Hilux pickup truck. In that crash test the muscular looking SUV scored 5 star safety rating, which is the highest marks for any car on the safety ground. The car has received 5 star for both adult and child occupant protection. No wonder, it will help the Japanese automaker to present their upcoming Fortuner as a more desired vehicle.
Toyota Fortuner is also known as the Hilux SW4. The test was conducted to check whether the Fortuner comes with the comparable level of safety like its sibling. The Toyota Hilux gets dual front airbags, driver knee airbags, ABS with EBD on the safety features front. Expect the India bound Toyota Fortuner to come along with these features as well.
The new Fortuner comes with a restyled appearance. It sports a modern SUV look blended well with the rugged butch and muscular body. The car gets LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, plenty of chrome embellishment at the front fascia.
The car’s seven seater cabin gets lots of features offering the occupants a comfortable ride. The blackened sporty interior theme is combined with the multifunction steering wheel, analog and digital console consisting instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment system, temperature controlled storage compartments.
The new generation Toyota Fortuner will be powered by the automaker’s new GD series of engines, which will be offered with both manual and automatic transmission. Expect the India spec Fortuner to get a 2.8 litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine under the hood, which will be mated to a 6 speed manual transmission and a 6 speed automatic gearbox as well. The powertrain will churn out 174 hp peak power and 400 – 420 Nm peak torque in the manual variant, while the automatic variant will produce 450 Nm peak torque. Expect the car to be priced at around INR. 25 lakh.
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Latin NCAP audited the Toyota Fortuner (SW4) a Hilux family member
The Toyota Fortuner (SW4) is the SUV version of the Hilux. It was crash tested in ADAC as an audit test to check if the SUV offers the same protection levels as the Hiluxs tested in 2015.
Latin NCAP found a solid consistency between the protection offered by the SUV compared to the pick-ups versions, even performing better in some biomechanical aspects.With this result the star rating for the Hilux can be now applied and extended to the Fortuner or SW4 versions as well.
Latin NCAP congratulates Toyota for this achievement and encourages all other manufacturers to follow Toyota’s path in order to offer safer cars in Latin America.