The 2017 Toyota Fortuner comes as a mild facelift of the Toyotas midsize SUV, which is currently the top-selling SUV in the Indian car market. The new model will be more spacious and have better fuel efficiency. After an overhaul the model recently received, it makes sense to introduce a few light changes to keep the popular car just competitive enough through its midcycle.
Exterior and Interior
The 2017 Toyota Fortuner is designed to satisfy just about any driver looking for a reliable and versatile ride good for tackling tight spaces in urban scenario, or just cruising along a highway, or occasional spin on dusty trails.
The Fortunner is built on the same platform as the Toyota Hilux pickup truck, and is part of the Toyota New Global Architecture, which will be used across a wide range of vehicles with the goal of lowering the center of gravity and increasing structural rigidity of the vehicle.The model introduces restyled front and rear fascias, plus a new bumper with sculpted moldings and a cluster of LED daytime running lights, along with fog lamps and a prominent trademark grille with horizontal slats featuring chrome accents and the Toyota corporate badge.The doors will also be redesigned while the size of the wheels will be increased, so we will be offered 17 inch alloy wheels. Mirrors will also be slightly restyled.
Inside, the cabin will offer plenty of comfort in each seat row, with easily retractable second and third row seats extending a cargo space. The base level trim will likely, as in the outgoing model, include upscale leather upholstery, automatic climate control, audio system and touchscreen, in addition to Bluetooth connectivity, stability control system, monitor for driving in reverse, 17-inch wheels.The safety features will also list airbags for every seat row, with knee bags for front seats, in addition to an anti-lock brake system.
According to some preliminary research the 2017 Toyota Fortuner will likely utilize twin turbocharged and a diesel engine. There is also rumor of an electric motor in hybrid variant. Together, they should deliver around 150 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque. Fuel efficiency should not exceed 40 mpg.The present 5 speed automatic or manual transmission will likely be replaced by a 6 speed manual or 9 speed fully automatic. There will also be a front wheel drive only and an all wheel drive configuration.
2017 Toyota Fortuner Release Date and Price
As yet, there is no official confirmation of the release date but we expect the 2017 Toyota Fortuner to show at dealerships sometime early next year. The retail price will likely start at around $40,000.