India-bound 2016 Toyota Fortuner likely to world premiere on July 28 - IAB Report

21/05/2015 - 23:43 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Will get a new ladder-frame platform.

Toyota has a busy year in Asia as it plans to replace two highly successful utility vehicles, the Fortuner and the Innova, with their next generations. The Japanese car maker also aims to sell 14,000 units/month of the new Hilux Revo - which was launched in Thailand today - in the Thai market - but as it is now, the pickup won't come to India.

2015 Toyota Fortuner front artist image from Indian Autos Blog
The new generation Fortuner will receive the new 'GD' diesel engines and will opt for a revolutionary styling.

The next generation 2016 Toyota Fortuner would likely appear before the Innova, several reports have stated. Bolstering these reports are Toyota officials, who refuse to put a timeline to the new Innova's unveiling, but confidently acknowledge that the second generation Fortuner is around the corner.

Speaking to the media at the launch of the Hilux, Mr. Kyoichi Tanada, President of Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd., said - "Please wait for a few more months for new Fortuner".

According to sources, Toyota Motor Thailand (TMT) plans to have an "important press conference" on July 28, 2015, which could see the wraps come off the new Hilux-based SUV. Similar to the Hilux, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner will be powered by newly-developed 'GD' diesel engines, paired to 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions, and in 2WD and 4WD.

2016 Toyota Hilux Revo cabin press shots
The 2016 Fortuner will borrow its all-new ladder-frame platform from the new Hilux.

Also read: Not-for-India 2016 Toyota Sienta MPV images leak

Post its Thai launch, the new Fortuner will launch in India in 2016. The Indian market introduction of the new Fortuner is likely not before the next financial year though (post March 2016).

Rivals: Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Ford Endeavour (Ford Everest), Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Captiva
Price Range: INR 20-25 lakhs, ex-showroom
Tentative Launch Date: H1 2016 in India

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