Toyota has many popular vehicles across nearly all segments in the automobile industry. However, few models from its stable have enjoyed the steady popularity as the SUV Fortuner. Toyota Fortuner is a midsized SUV which is sold in many countries nowadays. Originally developed on the Hilux pickup truck platform, the Fortuner has enjoyed widespread success since its debut. The 2017 version of Toyota Fortuner has got some notable enhancements, both inside and outside which will help it to retain popularity.
2017 Toyota Fortuner – Body Styles Changes and other Options
From the exterior, the 2017 Toyota Fortuner does not look drastically different from the predecessor but on closer inspection, you can spot some design changes. The smoke painted head lamps have been replaced by Led lamps. The front grille has been given an overhaul. The high air vents will ensure better engine cooling. The rooftop spoiler is another edition. The angular chrome grille does lend it a rugged look. The tail light design is also rather enticing. Addition of side steps below the door makes getting in and out of the car easier. There are 3 trim levels- GX, GXL and Crusade. The seats are really comfortable even for long journey and lumber support is good. Driver seat visibility is also nice.
Inside the cabin of the 2017 Toyota Fortuner, the Hilux pick-up elements are seen. The steering wheel and instrument cluster are nearly the same. The interior of the SUV oozes classiness all around. The seats are power adjusted and the trims are made of quality wood. There is top-notch automatic climate control system. Illumination inside the cabin is also adequate. Infotainment aspects have not been ignored either. You get an audio player with Radio, Bluetooth as well as WiFi. The central display console now supports voice recognition. There are slots for USB and memory cards as well. For comfort there is air-conditioned cooler box. The second row of seats can be folded as and when needed to make room for more cargo. The second row is quite spacious while the third row is meant more for kids than the bigger ones. As far as cargo capacity goes, the new Fortuner actually races ahead of its siblings from Toyota stable. The default cargo space is 200 liters which goes all the way up to 1080L when you fold the 2nd row of seats too. In safety and spec, the 2017 Toyota Fortuner scores fairly well. Safety is taken care of by features like Vehicle Stability Control, seven airbags, cruise control, brake force distribution system and hill-start control. It remains to be seen how the SUV fares with industry standard crashing tests. Toyota on its part says it expects top-notch scores from the revamped SUV. The standard specs across all trims include rear differential lock, air-conditioning, Toyota Link connected mobility. In mid range GLX trim, you get keyless smart entry, alloy wheels, downhill assist control, reverse parking sensors and fog lamps. In the Crusade version, you also get leather-accented interior, power tailgate, satellite navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels and bi-LED headlamps.
2017 Toyota Fortuner – Powerful Engine and Performance
It is likely that the engine in 2017 Toyota Fortuner will get an overhaul. It will have a bigger engine in all probability and industry sources indicate there can be twin engines. The gasoline engine will be of twin turbocharged. Its second engine will be electric. The existing 5 speed transmission unit may be replaced by either 6 or 9 speed manual or fully automatic units. The Toyota Fortuner 2017 will be launched both in FWD and AWD variants. The car has double wishbone suspension used at front and coil spring rear suspension. The 2017 Toyota Fortuner can be driven on most types of terrains without worry. Its riding is stable and cabin noise remains minimal even at high speeds.
2017 Toyota Fortuner – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
The 2017 Toyota Fortuner may be priced in the range of $ 45 000 to $ 57 000. Exact launch date is not known but it will be made available by the end of 2016 or so. Overall, the 2017 Toyota Fortuner has a lot going for it. The design changes at the exterior may not be dramatic but they do give it a rugged and sporty appeal. Developed on truck platform the SUV is really rugged and can be ideal for buyers who plan to use it on varying terrains. Interior of 2017 Toyota Fortuner is polished and attention to detail is quite nice. The SUV also handles various terrains with ease and keeps engine noise and body roll on minimal levels. The safety features are also adequate and in cargo space it tramples almost all rivals and its siblings. However, the 2017 Fortuner will face competition from the rivals like Mitsubishi Challenger, Isuzu MU-X and new Ford Everest. With right pricing however, Toyota may be able to override the challenges posed by the competition.