2016 Toyota Fortuner imported to India for R&D – Report
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To be launched in India in 2017.
According to import and export data from Zauba, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner has been imported to India for research and development purpose.
The imported Fortuner is powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine that belongs to Toyota’s new ‘GD’ engine family. There is also a 2.4-litre diesel engine which is a part of it, but it may not be offered in India at the launch. In Thailand, where the new version of the SUV made its global debut, the 2.8-litre mill is offered in two tunes – 150 PS & 400 Nm, and 177 PS & 450 Nm. The transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic system. While the standard Fortuner gets a Rear Wheel Drive configuration, a 4WD system is also on offer, but exclusive to the high-end versions.
The salient features on the 2016 Fortuner are a smart key, push button for engine start/stop, electrically adjustable mirrors with power folding function, multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters (for automatic variants), cruise control, TFT-screen for MID, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DVD, USB, AUX-in, Bluetooth and Navigation supports, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, chilled glovebox, leather seat upholstery and 8-way adjustable electric driver’s seat.
The safety features on the next generation Toyota Fortuner include dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags with a knee airbag for driver (7 airbags in all), ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESC and TCS, reverse camera with parking sensors, TSC (Tractor Sway Control), Hill Start Assist and DAC (Downhill Assist Control).
Mr. N Raja, Senior Vice President and Director, Sales and Marketing, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd, has confirmed that the new Fortuner will not launch in India before 2017.
2016 Toyota Fortuner – Image Gallery
[Source – Zauba]