2012 Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo
Toyota has launched the third Sportivo limited edition of their car’s before Diwali. The manufacturer first launched such an edition of the Liva and theEtios and now has launched a similar limited version of theFortuner SUV. To the Fortuner TRD Sportivo no mechanical changes have been made and the manufacturer will be selling only 600 units. The Sportivo edition will be available with a 4x2 manual or a 4x2 automatic version and there will be no 4WD variant on offer. Prices for the 4x2 manual is set at Rs 21.75lakh while the automatic variant is priced at Rs 22.60lakh ex-showroom New Delhi. Speaking at the launch, Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota India, Marketing said, “We have introduced a whole new range of limited edition vehicles to provide our customers something new and trendy for the festive season. Limited units of these vehicles are on sale till Dec, to provide exclusivity. The new range will bring about newness and product excitement during the festive season. We convey our best wishes and festive greetings to all our customers and hope to delight their families with the Toyota experience.” Compared to the regular version of the Fortuner the prices haven’t been increased by a significant. Toyota had earlier also launched a limited edition of the Altis.
Design and Interiors
The Fortuner Sportivo is only available in Super White and Silver Mica Metallic colours and the external changes compared to the regular Fortuner include an aerodynamic front and rear bumper spoiler, rear roof spoiler and TRD Sportivo emblems. Unlike the Etios and the Liva, the Fortuner does not get Sportivo stickers. No other changes have been made to the Fortuner which received a facelift earlier this year when it received new and sharper headlamps with washers along with a new chrome radiator grille and a redesigned bumper with a larger air dam. The rear gets clear-lens tail-lamps with a chrome strip above the rear number plate with Fortuner embossed on it. The roof rails are new as well but other than that the Fortuner remains the same with its butch looking appearance and imposing stance.
No changes have been made to the interiors unlike the Liva and the Etios and the Fortuner earlier this year got faux wood inserts on the steering and centre console.
Engine and Performance
The Fortuner comes with a 3-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled common rail injection engine producing 171PS@3600rpm and 343Nm of torque between 1400-3400rpm. The engine is extremely refined with a strong mid-range which gives the SUV tremendous driving capability. It revs well but there is an initial turbo lag. Acceleration to 100kmph takes under 14seconds with an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 12.55kmpl. Matched to the engine is either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual.
No changes in this department either and theFortuner retains the double wishbone front suspension and a four-link set-up with coil springs and gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. It uses a traditional body on ladder chassis construction and while the ride is an issue, the handling is reasonable.
There will only 600 units of the Sportivo edition which will be on sale. It is hard to make out the difference between the Sportivo edition and the regularFortuner because the manufacturer hasn’t added to it the stickers unlike the Etios and theLiva. There is also no 4WD option on this edition but that’s not a surprise since the majority of the Fortuner sales are in the 4WD segment and Toyota wants to promote the 2WD version. The Fortuner remains an excellent choice for those looking for a vehicle which allows them to venture to the outdoor and withToyota not increasing the prices of the Sportivo edition by much, this limited edition does add a bit of exclusivity.