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        2015 Toyota Fortuner 4x4 AT Review

        Aditya Chatterjee

        Aditya Chatterjee

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        2015 Toyota Fortuner 4x4 AT Review

        Toyota Fortuner has always been one of the most popular options for anyone looking for a sub-Rs 30 lakh SUV. Great presence, superior performance and low maintenance are the key reasons. To maintain its lead over staunch rivals, Toyota has updated the 2015 Fortuner.

        The exteriors and interiors have been revised but the main highlight has to be the introduction of automatic transmission in the 3.0L 4x4 variant, something that many customers have been asking for. With this new update, the Fortuner looks all ready to kick dust on its competition? We reveal.

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        Appearance Exterior

        When it comes to pure street presence and macho appeal, there is nothing better than the Fortuner. With its gigantic proportions and I-am-gonna-get-you attitude, it comes across as the most handsome of the lot. The new changes make the Fortuner look smarter.

        It gets smoke finished headlights along with silver bezel fog lamps as part of the upgrade. The generously wrapped in chrome radiator grille continues to leave a strong impact. It carries the same front bumper design as the earlier version.

        Finally, my wish of dark alloy wheels on the Fortuner comes true with the new 12-spoke version and it seriously looks badass. Toyota has also introduces a new Bronze Mica metallic shade to make the Fortuner look meaner than usual. The new colour shade is truly the best as it highlights the brutal side of the mammoth SUV. The new smoke finish theme also continues on the rear tail lights without any change from the 2012 upgrade.

        Appearance Interior

        If there is anything in abundance other than its attitude, it has to be the interior space which is amazing. The 2015 version gets an all black finished dashboard as the one earlier looked too similar to that of the Innova.

        It gets a new touchscreen entertainment screen with navigation, which also features voice control. Apart from this, it gets a simple instrumental cluster showing the essential information. There is a slender information display above the central console which shows vehicle statistics. One can pair smartphones, IPod using Bluetooth telephony, USB and Aux-in connectivity.

        Front row and the second row passengers cannot possibly complain about the legroom as there is plenty, however, the comfort in the second row seats is not as impressive. The third row seats are decent if not the best place to be. Fold the last row and it frees up a sizeable space for extra luggage. Apart from the large boot, there are lots of storage options across the cabin, on the central panel as well as on the door trims.

         

        Performance Drive

        The 2982cc turbocharged diesel power mill continues to generate 171 PS of power at 3600 rpm. It makes a healthy torque of 360 Nm between 1400-3200 rpm. The five speed automatic transmission has been carried over from the 4x2 variant and works like any conventional torque converter unit.

        The automatic transmission is not the quickest of the lot especially with its laid back response in shifts but that is only if you drive it in a hurried manner. Unlike others, there is no manual shift option in this variant. On city roads, the unit tends to act confused with its random shifts but on highways, it does its job well. The additional weight of the AT unit doesn’t affect the 4x4’s performance.

        It is huge in proportions but driving inside the city is not a pain with its quick manoeuvrability. It has a turning radius of 5.9m. The steering feels light at low speeds. Controlling it in traffic clogged areas is not a task as even the braking feels a lot more confident.

        It is one of the most reliable vehicles on the highways. The tall ride position and a higher ground clearance make it possible to drive almost over anything. The suspensions are tuned for a soft ride and thus it does tend to swing and roll especially while taking sharp turns. The one on the front row seats might enjoy it but the one seated behind often end up complaining about the same.

        The 4x4’s off-road potential is amazing, as it also gets a dedicated low-ratio gearbox. We did manage to throw it on some challenging surfaces playing around with the low-ratio box; the SUV took it all without any hesitation. Enthusiasts would love this but not the cozy comfy seekers as there is no shift-on-the-fly option but a dedicated lever to make it compatible for different ratios.

         

        Tech Specs

        Technical Specifications
         Make Toyota
         Model Fortuner
        Variant 4X4 AT
        Price (Ex-Showroom Mumbai) 2,649,704
        Engine Displacement/No. of cylinders 2982 / 4
        Power PS/RPM 171 / 3600 
        Torque in Nm/RPM 360 / 1400-3200
        Transmission 5-Speed Automatic
        Tyres 265/65 R17
        Fuel Tank Capacity L 80
        Dimensions (mm)
        Ground Clearance mm 220
        Turning circle radius 5.9
        Length 4705
        Width 1840
        Height 1850
        Wheelbase 2750
        Seating capacity 7-Seater
        Kerb Weight 1970

        Features

        Features 4x4 AT
        12-Spoke 17" Dark Grey Alloy Wheels Yes
        Body Colour Outside Rear View Mirrors with Electrical Adjust & Retract and Side Turn Indicators Yes
        Chrome Door Handles Yes
        Automatic Headlamps Yes
        HID Headlamps with Washer Yes
        Front Fog Lamps with Silver Bezel Yes
        Smoke Painted Ornamentation Front Headlamps Yes
        Smoked Rear Combination Lamps Yes
        MID (Multi Information Display) Yes
        Optitron Combimeter with Illumination Control Yes
        Black Wood-like Finish Panels Yes
        6-Way Power Adjust Driver Seat Yes
        Seat Slide on Front and 2nd Row Seats Yes
        Seat Recline on Front, 2nd and 3rd Row Seats Yes
        Leather Seats & Trim Yes

        Competition All Specs

        Specifications
        Toyota
        Toyota
        Ford
        Endeavour
        Variant 4x4 AT 4x4 AT
        Ex-Showroom price Mumbai (Rs.) 2,649,704 2,567,300
        Engine Displacement/ No. of Cylinders 2982 / 4 2953 / 4
        Power PS/RPM 171 / 3600  156 / 3200
        Torque in Nm/RPM 360 / 1400-3200 380 / 2500
        Transmission 5-Speed Automatic 5-Speed Automatic
        Tyres 265 / 65 R17 245 / 70 R16
        Fuel Tank Capacity L 80 71
        Dimensions (mm)
        Ground Clearance 220 210
        Length 4705 5060
        Width 1840 1788
        Height 1850 1826
        Wheelbase 2750 2860
        Seating capacity 7 7
        Kerb Weight Kgs 1970 2014

        Conclusion

        The 3.0L 4×4 AT variant was launched at Rs. 26.50 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Mumbai). Clearly, it is not the cheapest as both the Ford Endeavour and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport come at a lower tag. While the Endeavour, being an equal in terms of engine size, finds it difficult to match the Fortuner in terms of potential, the Pajero Sport being a more capable vehicle is not an equal in terms of the overall package.

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        With the 4x4 AT, Toyota has refreshed the Fortuner to make it float above the rest only till the next generation substitute arrives by end 2015. 

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