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Toyota is leaving no stone unturned to further push the sales of its highly successful Innova and Fortuner.
Toyota recently uploaded an application on to the Apple Appstore prior to the launch of the updated vehicles in Vietnam. The application details the features and changes of both the cars, along with high definition images of each and every feature available on-board.
That, along with the awesome user-interface of the application, gets a thumbs-up from us.
Our longstanding reader Arjun Shrie who sent us images of the Chevrolet Trailblazer from the Dubai Motor Show is back with photographs of the Toyota Fortuner and Innova facelifts clicked at the same venue. Based on the IMV Platform, both vehicles camouflaged with tapes have been spotted testing in Bangalore over the last month.
With Thailand still recovering from recent floods, we’re not sure if Toyota can introduce the facelift as they have to deal with component shortage.
The Toyota Fortuner facelift is caught testing again by our Bangalore based reader Farzand KS and his friend Binshad TP. Farzand and Bishand for the first time snapped a black test mule camouflaged heavily to hide what otherwise is a more aggressive front-end compared to its predecessor.
New headlamps, grille, bumper, tail lamp and wheels transform the Fortuner into a mini LC Prado. The marketing team should have scratched their heads to describe the mechanicals as there are no changes in that department.
The interiors sport a different color combination, blue backlight and repositioned steering buttons.
We’ve discussed the new Fortuner in detail on previous posts and published a video of a mule trying to flee from a YouTube user earlier this week. To complete the full line of offering, there is talk of a 4X2 version and an automatic transmission on this facelift. We’re waiting for more details, stay tuned to IndianAutosBlog.com.
Another model Toyota fans and SUV buyers are waiting expectantly to land is the Fortuner 2012 edition with cosmetic updates to its front-end and rear. The revised Fortuner caught testing by a YouTube user in Bangalore has chromosomes of the LC Prado and Land Cruiser.
Toyota has not tweaked the mechanicals and the interiors are largely the same. The cosmetic surgery keeps the Fortuner in stand-by mode for any incoming target. The facelift is a good opportunity to slip in a 4X2 variant and an automatic transmission.
The Toyota Fortuner facelift, shown at the Indonesian Motor Show earlier in the year reached dealerships in the SUV-loving country of Oman. The 2012 Fortuner is a cosmetic upgrade featuring chrome radiator grill, cylindrical-shaped projector lamp, rear license plate garnish and black wood grain paneling in the cabin.
The facelift provides Fortuner familiarity to other siblings in the SUV range. The Prado and Land Cruiser are also sold in India. Whether it is petrol or diesel, Toyota has not made changes to any mechanicals.
Three variants of the Fortuner are available with two petrol engines – 2.7-liter Premium, 4.0-liter Exclusive, and 4.0- liter Grand. The larger motor packs a V6 with 24 variably-operating valves. Both mills are mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota is yet to determine the extent of damage the Thai floods have caused to its vendors and production line. TKM imports kits for Fortuner from Thailand which then are assembled at the Bidadi plant in Karnataka. Will the floods delay the introduction of the facelift in India?
The shy updated Toyota Fortuner has been photographed in Delhi. Along with the Innova facelift, it was shown at the Indonesian International Motor Show in July. The taped mule had the automatic transmission and we expect it to make it to the showroom model as well.
Steeroids.in claims that the same 3.0-liter diesel engine will pump out 180bhp, which we doubt will happen. Fortuner owners have not complained about the lack of power. Many of them feel the brakes can be better and that is the area Toyota has to work on if they are to revisit the car’s mechanicals.
Toyota could also bring in a 4×2 variant to make the Fortuner more affordable. The SUV now with a front-end resembling the Prado and Land Cruiser, could clock better volumes with a cheaper variant. The question is will Toyota do it as the demand for the AWD edition is already very strong.
Steeroids sneaked some interior shots which shows a touch screen DVD music system and reworked dashboard. The car also sports the same changes like a new grille, new intercooler scoop, reworked bumper and tail lamps.
Toyota has dropped the curtain on its new Fortuner (SW4 in some markets) for the Thailand market. The cosmetically reworked Fortuner could make it to the Delhi Auto Expo in January 2012. This is not the next generation model as the underpinning, interior and most body panels are the same. The transmission has also been retained, the 3-liter CRDI engine produces 163hp/350 Nm on the updated edition.
The idea behind the facelift is to give Fortuner a demeanor of a Land Cruiser or Land Cruiser Prado, its elder brothers. Toyota does not sell the Fortuner in North America and developed European countries. It is based on the platform that underpins Hilux pickup truck and Innova (IMV Platform). In India there is still a huge demand for Fortuner despite the arrival of a BMW in its territory. As the Fortuner is doing well, the Indian management said there is no immediate need for a new vehicle.
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