Spied – 2016 Toyota Fortuner features a distinctive greenhouse
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To make its global premiere next year.
The 2016 Toyota Fortuner has started testing in Brazil and the latest spyshots from Noticias Automotivas has revealed an interesting feature of the design.
The next gen Fortuner features a kink in the greenhouse post the rear door giving the SUV a sportier profile. From the looks of it, the new car will not only have a D-pillar but also would let go off the C-pillar to sport a cantilevered roof.
The front and rear fascia complies with the brand’s new design philosophy with sharped edged head and taillights. The dimensions don’t appear to have changed much though. The interior too would be redesigned to align with the latest trends and get the latest in telematics.
A new ladder frame chassis would underpin the next gen Forturner and Hilux pickup, resulting in significant weight saving. The pair is also expected to be propelled by new petrol and diesel powerplants.
The next gen SUV would world premiere sometime next year while the Indian launch is expected in 2016. Meanwhile, Toyota Kirloskar Motor would be experimenting with
additional variants of the existing model in an attempt to retain the segment crown.
Competitors: Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Captiva, Honda CR-V
Expected Price: INR 20-25 lakhs, ex-showroom
Launch Date: 2015 in international markets
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[Spy images from Noticias Automotivas]