Introduced in November 2016, the current-gen Toyota Fortuner has been the definitive product of its segment. At 1,500 average monthly sales, the Fortuner outsells everything in its class by a considerable gap. Now to push the game a notch higher, Toyota Kirloskar Motor is planning to launch the Fortuner TRD Sportivo in India. The same was showcased alongside the Vellfire luxury-MPV to dealers earlier this month.
For the uninitiated, the TRD Sportivo is the top-of-the-line, sporty variant of the Fortuner developed by Toyota’s in-house tuning team - Toyota Racing Development, hence the suffix 'TRD'. On the outside, it can be easily recognized as a more sporty looking SUV compared to the regular model thanks to the bright-red 'TRD' badging all-around the exteriors, larger, TRD Sportivo design alloy wheels, blacked-out pillars, skid plates and the dual-tone colour scheme.
Do note that the styling and equipment of the TRD Sportivo variant vary as per the market. So, the Fortuner TRD Sportivo you may have seen in Indonesia, Thailand, UAE, etc. may all look different, and so will the model we'll get in India.
On the inside, the key features may include 8-way adjustable leather seats, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, 11-speaker audio system by JBL, engine start-stop button (in red colour and with TRD branding), carbon-kevlar trim on the gear knob and steering wheel, rear-view camera and a power tailgate.
TKM may offer TRD Sportivo shock absorbers to differentiate even the ride quality. The engine(s) and transmission(s) will be the same, though. The standard variant is available with a 177 PS 2.8-litrre diesel engine paired with a 6-speed MT/6-speed AT and a 166 PS 2.7-litre petrol engine linked to a 5-speed MT/6-speed AT. A 4WD system can be opted if specifying the diesel engine.
Expect the Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo to cost around INR 35 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. It will reportedly be launched here in September.
[Source - Rushlane]