We may not have an ETA on the India debut of the all-new Toyota Fortuner. But it has got itself a new selling point – a 5-star safety rating from the Latin NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme). The SUV went through a rigorous crash testing session to confirm that it had the same 5-star rating of the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck on which it is based.
Loaded with safety features like seven airbags, Hill-start Assist Control, Emergency Stop Signal, 3-point seat belts with Emergency Locking Retractors, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Brake Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, Trailer Sway Control, Downhill Assist Control and reversing camera, it comes as no surprise that the new Fortuner scored high during the test.
The latest generation of the SUV retains the basic silhouette of the version which is currently available in India. But every panel on it is brand-new and so is the design. The new version also distances itself from the Innova by offering a premium interior unlike the current one which uses the MUV’s dashboard. A new range of GD diesel engines powers the new Fortuner – a 2.4-litre unit that produces 174bhp and a 2.8-litre unit which produces 148bhp. A 6-speed manual and a new 6-speed automatic are the gearboxes on offer.
Toyota is closely monitoring the laws put in place by the Government of India on passenger vehicles powered by high-displacement diesel engines. The restrictions on 2000cc+ diesel powerplants will turn out to be a major bottleneck for the manufacturer since both engines powering the new Fortuner are above the aforementioned mark.