According to the recent reports, Toyota will be launching the second generation Fortuner SUV in India in the year 2017. This SUV is already on sale in the markets of Thailand and Australia and this will compete directly against the recently introduced Chevrolet Trailblazer, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the upcoming Ford Endeavour once it enters Indian market.

The reason for the delay is the fact that the Japanese auto maker actually wants to localize the SUV for our Indian market which will also actually help in reducing the prices. As far as the styling is concerned, compared to its rugged and blunt looking predecessor the new generation Fortuner looks sharp and even more appealing. The SUV is built on a new platform which actually also underpins the new Innova and Hilux. The front looks sharp because of the way the headlamp unit has been designed; there is even this huge chrome strip which actually joins the headlamps and the newly redesigned front grille. While the side profile of the SUV still manages to looks butch and has its tall stance. Other new exterior styling features includes new alloy wheels and horizontal taillamp units. Toyota has even provided a LED equipped front headlamp units as well which will mostly be made available with the high end trim. Inside the SUV gets a completely new dashboard finished in Black, while it also gets a huge touchscreen infotainment system as well.

Under the hood the next generation Fortuner is powered by the new GD set of engines which actually replaces the 2.8 Liter KD series engine which powers the current generation SUV. A 2.4 Liter turbo diesel unit will be replacing the 2.5 Liter diesel motor while the bigger 3.0 Liter diesel unit will be replaced by a comparatively smaller 2.8 Liter unit.

2016 Toyota Fortuner Exterior High Quality
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The 2.4 Liter unit is the same diesel motor which actually powers the new generation Innova as well. This motor is capable of producing about 148 Bhp of peak power and 40.78 kgm of torque while the bigger 2.8 Liter unit is capable of producing about 175 Bhp of peak power and 450 Nm of torque. Both these engines are paired to either a six speed manual or a six speed automatic gearbox.

Source: Autocar India

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