A minor redesign of the Toyota Fortuner was launched in August 2008 for 2009 model year. It features new projector headlamps and grille, new rear lights, bluetooth connectivity, new light sand interior, electronic adjustable driver seat in 4x4 V trim, rear cool air conditioning from ceiling for second and third row. Electronic Brake Force Distribution, with Brake Assist replacing LSPV in some models only. It is also All Wheel Drive (AWD) for the first time. Its newly redesigned front grille and front lamps are in the style of the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series. There are basically four models; 2.5 G 4x2, 2.7 G Luxury 4x2, 2.7 V 4x4, and 3.0 G 4x4. The Toyota Fortuner was introduced in 2005 at the Jakarta International Motor Show. It is positioned below the Land Cruiser and the RAV4.
Initially the Toyota Fortuner was sold in 2.7 G and 2.7 V trim levels.
The Toyota Fortuner rear wheel drive 2.7 G was offered in the base with fabric interior and the Luxury with leather interior and premium sound system. The 4-wheel drive Fortuner 2.7 V is only available as the luxury model. The V trim with the 3.0 diesel engine is not officially sold in Indonesia, due to the heavier tax regulations imposed on vehicles with 4x4 drivetrains and engines having volumes of 3000cc or more. It was specially imported for the Sumatra and Kalimantan markets, where it became a strong seller. A symbol of strength, yet a vision of beauty. Teeming with cutting-edge technology, yet interfaces effortlessly with its master. A luxury SUV unlike any other - the new Toyota Fortuner.
The 2.7 G is fitted with a 4 speed automatic transmission and a two-wheel drive with a 2694 cc petrol engine. This model is a strong seller in big cities because of its automatic transmission. The 2.7 V adds four-wheel drive, and is popular outside Java, where off-road and bumpy roads predominate. The rear wheel drive 2.7 G and 4x4 2.7 V come only with automatic transmission. The 2.5 G was later added to the market, powered by a 2.5 diesel engine giving 102 bhp (76 kW; 103 PS), criticized for being underpowered for its size. It is mated to a 5-speed manual. Its high body model has been criticized as unstable, and not aerodynamic when running at higher speeds. Despite this, 2.5 Fortuner enjoys success regardless of only available with a manual transmission, because the Toyota brand is trusted by many Indonesians. Moreover, the 2.5 diesel engine is considered more efficient and durable in the long run.
Toyota launched the Toyota Fortuner in India in 2009. It is assembled at the Bidadi, Karnataka plant of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited from imported CKD kits. The much anticipated SUV has been a runaway success for Toyota. The Toyata Fortuner was initially supposed to be launched in 2005, but Toyota took time to bring it to India. The Toyota Fortuner has clocked over 10,000 units so far in sales, and has become the best seller in its segment. The company had increased production to more than 950 vehicles per month from the initial 500 units per month, but is still finding it difficult to meet demand. Within 9 months of its release in India, Toyota Fortuner broke sales records and Pre delivery stats. In May 2010, Toyota suspended bookings for Toyota Fortuner SUV. The company said its suspension of bookings will continue till the waiting period reduces to three months.
On 24th August, Toyota has launched its most awaited SUV Toyota Fortuner in Indian market with only one diesel variant. Currently, Toyota has launched only one variant of Toyota Fortuner which is equipped with Toyota's most popular 3.0L diesel engine with five speed manual transmission gearbox and with 4WD (Four Wheel Drive). If the market response of Toyota Fortuner will be good then Toyota will launch the other variants of Toyota Fortuner like, petrol variants, AT (Automatic Transmission) variants etc. Toyota has kept Indian customers to wait for Toyota Fortuner for quite some more time. It is expected that Toyota has launched Toyota Fortuner in India with a face-lifted model of an existing Toyota Fortuner which has been recently launched in Malaysia. Toyota Fortuner is an impressive power machine with muscular body and its sporty looks should take anyone’s fancy. With the launch of Toyota Fortuner.
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Toyota has planned to makes its position strong also in the premium SUV segment which is currently dominated by Honda CRV, Chevrolet Captiva and Ford Endeavour so that company has launched Toyota Fortuner in the highly competitive price range of Rs 18 to 19 lacs in its segment. There is only one variant sold in India of the Fortuner, which is the 3000cc Common Rail Turbo Diesel engine, with leather upholstery and climatronic as standard. Though the waiting period has come down to 3 months now, it is still selling at a premium, white being the most preferred color of choice.