The Toyota Fortuner has had a sensational run in India selling more than 41,000 examples. In fact, Toyota understood the market very well and refreshed the Fortuner long before it was overdue and the numbers are getting better with each passing year.
Along with the refresh back at the Delhi Auto Expo last year came an automatic variant for the Fortuner. However, being a 4-speed unit, it faced criticism for lacking the much needed 5th gear.
Also, with the competition such as the Chevrolet Captiva and Hyundai Santa Fe taking to much modern auto-trannies, Toyota sensed the need to do more.
With the launch of the latest Ssangyong Rexton at a killer price, Toyota had to be ready for worst eventuality even though new launches over the last few years have never had a lasting impact on Fortuner sales.
The Japanese today have announced a much improved 5-speed AT for the Fortuner. While adding an extra cog, the automatic variant of the Fortuner continues to be available in 4×2 drive only. So if you need to have the AWD version, the manual is still your only option in the Fortuner.
The TRD Sportivo, which was a limited edition model will now be offered as a regular variant on the car. The 5-speed AT transmission is available on the TRD trim as well. Apart from that, a new color called ‘Pearl White Mica’ has been introduced on the car. It will be available on all grades says Toyota.
Commenting on the new introduction Mr. Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Office –
The 4×2 automatic transmission is extremely popular, it has been highly appreciated by the customers. The 5 speed AT will further add to the drive quality and comfort. Looking at the overwhelming response for the Fortuner TRD Sportivo and its popularity, we have now regularized this grade for all those looking for a unique sporty image. The bookings will open starting 18th Jan 2013.
Toyota Fortuner 5-speed AT prices
- 4×2 AT (with 5 speed) – Rs 22,33,000/- (ex showroom Delhi)
- 4×2 AT TRD Sportivo (with 5 speed) – Rs 22,93,000/- (ex showroom Delhi)
- 4×2 MT TRD Sportivo – Rs 21,96,668/- (ex showroom Delhi)