India-bound 2016 Toyota Fortuner scores maximum safety rating in Latin NCAP

12/04/2016 - 09:24 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Will be launched in India next year.

The second generation Toyota Fortuner recently went through Latin NCAP crash testing and scored maximum, 5-star safety rating in it. The South American car safety rating organisation suggests that the new generation Toyota Fortuner's safety is similar to that of the new generation Toyota HiLux pick-up truck it's based on. The SUV version performs "better in some biomechanical aspects", Latin NCAP says. More details, including the crash test video, are awaited to be released.

2016 Toyota Fortuner front quarter at 2016 BIMS
The 2016 Toyota Fortuner received 5-star, maximum safety rating in ANCAP as well.

The 2016 Toyota Fortuner has received maximum, 5-star safety rating from ANCAP as well. The Australia-spec 2016 Toyota Fortuner's long list of safety and assistance features include 7 SRS Airbags, 3-point seat belts with Emergency Locking Retractors (ELR), Anit-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and reversing camera. 7 airbags, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) are standard across the range.

2016 Toyota Fortuner rear quarter at 2016 BIMS
The 2016 Toyota Fortuner offers safety of a level similar to the 2016 Toyota HiLux.

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The 2016 Toyota Fortuner is now on sale in many markets including Australia, Argentina, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and South Africa, but its Indian launch won't be happening this year. The new generation Fortuner is said to go on sale next year, and Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, has confirmed that petrol model(s) will be included in the range.

Rivals: Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
Expected Price: INR 25-30 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Expected Release date: 2017

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