Toyota Fortuner Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Toyota Fortuner Overview

The Toyota Fortuner is a mid-size SUV sold by Toyota in mainly the Asian countries. The SUV was launched in India and was assembled from CKD kits at the company’s plant located at Bidadi in Bangalore, Karnataka. The Fortuner is the best selling SUV in this segment and it out sells its competitors by a huge margin. Indian customers love its rugged look that gives it a commanding road presence.

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The car is based on the Toyota Hilux which is regarded as one of the best built pick-up trucks of all time. Top Gear UK tested the truck and termed it as an ‘indestructible truck’ after it survived all their attempts to kill, which incuded setting the car on fire. Later, Top Gear UK took the car to the North Pole and also to the edge of an active volcano in Iceland and the car did the trips without any hiccups. Check for Car Loan Interest calculator.

Toyota Fortuner Look

Before this review, I had never driven or travelled inside a Toyota Fortuner. I had an image of this SUV as a bulky, scary and a huge vehicle. It used to be scary in traffic signals when this monstrous thing stood beside my humble tiny Tata Nano with the scare of being run over by it.The 2012 Toyota Fortuner now incorporates the all new Toyota front face which is seen on the latest generation Camry and Innova too. The new face has made the Fortuner a smarter looking SUV unlike the earlier version.

On the front profile, the intake scoop has got a tag bigger. The new clear finished headlights are in line with the chunky chrome radiator grille. They wrap around from the grille to the side panel. Even the lower jaw has been redesigned with smart fog lamp design. The hidden and subtle profile on the front face now makes the Fortuner a well proportioned design.Even though only the face has got majority of changes, it has left an impact throughout the design which looks good sans the bulky character. The new Fortuner also gets the 17inch 12 spoke alloy wheels which blend in neatly.

Like the face, the rear profile has been reworked too. The rear tail door now features the name etched on a chrome line between the tail lamps which is similar to the other SUVs of Toyota. The tail lamps design has been changed too from the simple horizontal lines to twin circles. Even the bumper has been reworked to match with the new design.Overall, the Fortuner has lost its bulky character and looks like a new age refined SUV. It also boasts of some lines and curves inspired from the Land Cruiser but in a subtle way.

Toyota Fortuner Comfort

Get inside the cabin and the design flow of the new Fortuner’s dashboard will remind you of the Innova Crysta to some extent. The cabin feels rich and premium than before in terms of quality and finish and also the attention to detail. The new steering wheel feels good to hold having a matte silver lower half. The instrument cluster is big and easy to read which also has a sizeable MID display that shows all the necessary info about the car and also information from the media system. The top half of the dashboard gets AC vents and the centre console is uniquely highlighted with silver accents along with a dash of leatherette upholstery with double stitching that gives you a premium car feel.

The infotainment system consists of a big 7.0-inch touch-screen display with USB, AUX, DVD, MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity for music streaming and telephony. It comes with a 6-speaker audio system that offers decent aural experience. Sadly there is no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which is the trending car tech on offer these days. The new Fortuner comes with Navigation, which is user friendly and the screen also doubles up as a display for the reverse camera with parking guidelines (not dynamics). Unlike the new Ford Endeavour, the Toyota Fortuner doesn’t come with the fancy auto park assist.

The 2017 Toyota Fortuner is offered with an 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat that offers good visibility and is suitable for both tall and short passengers. It also comes with power foldable and adjustable ORVMs, keyless entry (the smart key looks very fancy) and go with push button start/stop, cruise control, auto headlamps, powered tail gate and a ton of new features which you haven’t seen on the previous generation model. However, it misses out on dual-zone climate control system, sunroof and electrically folding third row seats, all of these are available in the American SUV.

The new gen Toyota Fortuner gets a dark brown upholstery, which looks almost black in dark conditions. It makes the cabin feel rich and the seats offer tremendous support for the back and under-thighs. The second row has ample space with good legroom, kneeroom and shoulder room but under-thigh support is lacking and seating three people abreast isn’t a good idea. The third row is a tight fit for adult passengers specially compared to the more spacious Innova Crysta’s third row seating, as one sits low down with the knees close to the chest and poor under-thigh support.

There are low storage spaces in the cabin (considering how many more bottle holders are there in the Innova Crysta) in spite of it having dual glove box including one cooled compartment, two bottle holders on the dashboard for the front passengers near the AC vents (can be converted into a cubby hole), cupholders near the centre console, all four door pockets (the last row also gets them) with bottle holders (the rear ones can’t be easily accessed due to the position of the bottle holders being too far back, one really has to open the door to easily get to the bottle), front arm rest storage, hooks for hanging bags and power sockets for all three rows. Boot space is pretty decent, the third row has 50:50 split that fold up and the second row have 60:40 split so you can easily fit luggage and accommodate four passengers (the last row doesn’t have much space and a third passenger in the second row is a tight squeeze, the seat too is hard and putting the roof mounted seatbelt on takes quite a lot of time) comfortably in the new Fortuner. For Toyota Fortuner check iiit-bh

Toyota Fortuner Gearbox

The next generation Toyota Fortuner gets new engines. The SUV will be powered by a 2.8 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine which will replace the existing 3.0 liter unit. This small is more capble and also fuel efficient at the same time producing aqbout 174 HP of peak power. A new 6-speed manual and a new 6-speed automatic transmission are available as gearbox options. The 2.8 litre engine makes 420 Nm of torque with manual transmission and 450 Nm of torque in an automatic transmission equipped vehicle. The manual transmission ensures smoother shifts by matching the engine and transmission speeds. A smaller 2.4 litre diesel engine producing around 148 HP and 400 Nm of torque is also expected to replace the 2.5 Liter diesel unit which powers the current Fortuner. These new engines belong to GD family and will replace the existing KD series of engines.

The Fortuner gets an all-wheel drive gearbox with high and low range to enhance its off-roading ability. It also gets rear differential locks that give the SUV a go anywhere capability. The vehicle also gets new suspension. It uses double wishbones at the front and five-link coil springs at the rear. Front and rear stabilizers have been used to reduce body roll.The car rides on 17 inch or 18 inch wheels and is based on a body on frame chassis.

Toyota Fortuner Riding

Ride quality is the one area where the new Fortuner both surprises and disappoints. The surprise is in the fact that this vehicle is not as soft and squishy as you would expect. Body roll in corners isn’t excessive, and there isn’t much nosedive under braking as well. In that sense, this is a big improvement over the old Fortuner, and while it is far from a sharp handler, it is definitely a step ahead. The disappointment comes in the subtle but constant jiggle that creeps through the suspension at all speeds. The Fortuner never settles into a smooth cruise and constantly produces a slight judder. At first I thought it was due to our rough concrete roads, but even on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Mumbai’s smoothest tarmac road, the Fortuner still displayed the same behaviour, albeit more subdued. You soon get used to it, but it never truly feels comfortable.

No Fortuner test would be complete without taking the vehicle off-road, and this is where it really shines. It may look all up-market and fancy on the outside but make no mistake, this is still a hard-core SUV! I’m no off-road expert but I was really impressed with the Fortuner’s ability to find traction and climb almost any obstacle I pointed it at. When the wheels eventually started to spin, the selectable low-ratio mode helped it put the power down and extract itself out of some serious terrain. The 225mm ground clearance is plentiful, approach and departure angles are generous and there is impressive wheel articulation. Best of all, the Fortuner has a rugged, impervious feel off-road, and there’s no fear that you might break something. I really hope owners get to experience this side of their machines; it’s the Fortuner’s biggest virtue.

Toyota Fortuner Safety

This time around the new Toyota Fortuner offers an array of safety features making it a much safer SUV to be in. Toyota is offering 7 airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill Hold Assist, Hill Descent Control and a few more tech. As far as after sales is concerned, the Toyota badge has always been known for its reliability and durability. The Japanese automaker has good reach in India but the cost of ownership of the new Fortuner might be a bit higher compared to its smaller siblings.

Toyota Fortuner Price in Mumbai

Toyota Fortuner On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 32,98,902 to 40,36,289 for variants Fortuner 2.7 4X2 MT and Fortuner 2.8 4X4 AT respectively. Toyota Fortuner is available in 6 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Toyota Fortuner variants price in Mumbai. Check for Fortuner price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Fortuner Bottomline

The word “new” has lost its meaning with sales and marketing influences clouding its true significance. In this case, Toyota stands apart. Not only is the 2017 Fortuner new in every sense, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous-gen SUV. Everything from the design to the new engines on offer will not only attract buyers but will also see them appreciate the value that they’re getting in return. The diesel engine will be the obvious choice of many and it performs just as you’d expect a Toyota to – smooth, effortless and bulletproof as far as they’ve established their reliability. It’s pricing put it bang in the middle of the competition and surely, there’s road test coming up in the near future to now establish the best from the rest.

Toyota Etios Facelift Review & Test Drive

Toyota Etios Overview

The Toyota Platinum Etios is an entry level sedan by the Japanese carmaker and is sold with a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine. Like its hatchback sibling, the Etios Liva, the Platinum Etios also has ABS and dual front airbags as standard and is claimed to have best in class air conditioning. Cabin space and boot space are the best in its price segment, with the volume of the latter rated at 592 litres. The Platinum Etios also has a folding rear seat, cooled glovebox and height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) and steering mounted audio controls to add more convenience for the occupants and the driver. The reverse parking sensors on the upper variants aid parking in tight spots. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Toyota Etios Look

Compared to the outgoing model, the new Toyota Etios Platinum do pose an appealing stance. Updates can be seen at the front with the new wider bumper and revised grille to give a touch of sportiness. The carmaker hasn’t gone extreme when it comes to using chrome appliques. The use of carbon-fibre texture, in fact, looks really nice on the front bumper. The v-shaped grille is mounted high with black inserts and the chrome studded signature mark at the centre looks cool. The rounded fog lamps now get boomerang styled highlighted enclosure.

The side profile of Etios largely remains intact except the new set of alloys and the same thick protruding strip running in the middle. The rear end of the car feature new bumper and thick chrome slat with red reflectors on the boot lid connecting the two tail lamps. Overall, the changes are subtle but do provide a bit of youthful touch to the car.

Toyota Etios Comfort

The inside ambience of Toyota Platinum Etios is perfectly in sync with its elegant exterior. The bi-tonal premium interior is high on quality and is pleasing to the eyes. The tri-spoke steering wheel has a silver accent on it and the door trim has fabric insertions. The shift knob is accented with chrome and the door armrests have a wood grain finish. The seats are comfortably wide, and the sedan provides adequate legroom and headroom. The driver’s seat is height adjustable and the front headrest can also be adjusted. The pillow-type headrests on the rear seats add to the comfort. There are sun visors on the driver’s and the co-passenger’s sides. The fuel lid and tailgate are remote-operated. To further enhance convenience, the power window on the driver’s side has the auto-down function, the electric power steering comes with tilt mechanism, the glove box is cooled and 12 V power outlets are provided at the front. The ORVMs can be adjusted internally using an electronic lever. Platinum Etios also comes with a tachometer, a digital tripmeter, front cabin lights and rear defogger. The air conditioning unit is effective, and that apart, the sedan has a heater and an air filter.

The in-cabin entertainment is looked after by the audio system that comes with a remote. To keep the driver focused, the steering wheel has audio controls mounted on it. The space provided by the boot is of the order 595 L. Additionally, there are seven bottle holders, assist grip with coat hook, and front and rear door pocke

Toyota Etios Gearbox

The Toyota Platinum Etios is powered by two engines, a 1,496 cc petrol and a 1,364 cc diesel unit. Power and torque generated by the petrol is 88.7hp at 5,600 rpm and 132Nm at 3,000 rpm. The diesel unit produces 67hp at 3,800 rpm and 170Nm between 1,800 rpm and 2,400 rpm. Both engines are refined and inclined towards fuel efficiency.The Toyota Platinum Etios is sold with a 5-speed gearbox on both petrol and diesel variants. Both transmissions offer smooth gear changes and the clutch is light. The gear ratios are tuned for fuel efficiency and do not require frequent shifting in traffic.

The Toyota Platinum Etios has a certified mileage of 16.78 km/l for the petrol variants and 23.79 km/l for the diesel engine variants. These fuel efficiency figures are at par with segment standards.As mechanically Etios remain untouched, the fuel efficiency is also the same. Where the diesel engine returns ARAI certified mileage of 23.59kmpl, the petrol engine, on the other hand, returns 16.78kmpl.

Toyota Etios Rideing

Toyota Platinum Etios is endowed with a MacPherson Strut type suspension system for the front axle. Its rear axle has torsion beam type suspension. The turning radius of Toyota Platinum Etios is 4.9 m and it offers a minimum ground clearance of 170 mm.The company claims that it has worked upon the shock absorbers. While the ride quality is undoubtedly very good but isn’t different as compared to the earlier version. However, as the suspension has been tuned, one can expect a slight slandering into the corners.The car never feels less composed and remains stable regardless of the road conditions. The steering also feels nice and comfortable to operate.

Toyota Etios Safety

The performance of ABS+EBD brakes is confident and performs just as expected. One of the biggest talking points of the car in this version is the updates in the safety department. The sedan now comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts, keyless entry and driver seat belt warning as standard features. Move on to the top variants and you also get front fog lamps and reverse parking sensors. The carmaker has also reinforced the chassis so that it could perform better in case of crash. And this can be seen in the fact that Etios got 4-star safety rating in Global NCAP crash test.

Toyota Etios Cost in Hyderabad

Toyota Etios Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,69,574/- (Etios G) to 8,76,400/- (Etios VXD Platinum Edition). Get best offers for Toyota Etios from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Etios price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Etios Bottomline

Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan that packs a punch with its stunning looks and an incredible mileage. Toyota has been renowned in the world for its continuous innovation and impeccable quality standards. In 2010, Toyota entered in the budget segment in India with Platinum Etios. Indian consumers are very sensitive towards price and more so in this segment. The Japanese automaker has entered the segment post a highly intensive market research. Some consumers may feel that the Platinum Etios is not up to the standards in terms of the interiors that they associate with the brand, thus causing some disappointment. The problem of engine vibration associated with a diesel engine has been taken care of by especially focusing on lowering in-cabin noise. Toyota has packed its Platinum Etios with a proper Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) package.

Toyota Innova Crysta Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

The Innova is by far the most successful product to ever roll out of Toyota India, period. It’s an MPV that never had any competition. It created a segment and has continued to dominate it for more than a decade. From large families to fleet operators, the Innova has changed the way Indians define travel. However, we’ve been waiting for a full model replacement for some time now. While the Innova continues to sell in high numbers, the folks at Toyota started developing an all-new model almost five years ago. They took their time and have finally readied the new Innova Crysta. The MPV goes on sale in India by early May 2016. We’ve just driven the Crysta extensively in India to find out if it’s a worthy successor. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Toyota Innova Crysta Ecteriors

As we had seen at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Innova Crysta is longer, wider and taller than before. There’s even a glimpse of the new Corolla Altis and Camry. Giving it a distinct face is a massive hexagonal grille and these chrome slats that merge with the double-barrel headlamps.

Wide shoulder and narrow waist – these sharp creases that fade away towards the end like an artist’s brush stroke. Smaller details like these aero-stability wings improve high-speed stability, and higher variants come with a set of good looking 17-inch wheels.The last set of glass window near the D pillar is razor sharp, giving the side profile a distinct look. Just like the saber-tooth inspire taillights do to the rear design. The Innova has more road presence now and makes a stronger statement. But maybe, just maybe there is an overdose of bling for some, which might divide opinions about its design.

Toyota Innova Crysta Interiors

There is no change in the wheelbase, which means there is still a lot of space inside for occupants. The cabin is spruced up, dashboard gets a new design, but what really doesn’t go well with the otherwise finished cabin is the low quality plastic used on the glovebox.Chrome is used amply inside and there is a large touch-screen on the console, temperature dials are placed right below the screen. Storage space is generous with about 20 bottle holders inside the cabin and dedicated AC vents are provided in second as well as third rows.Foldable seat back table are provided at the back which can be used for keeping a small laptop. First and second rows are spacious, but third row can accommodate two adults easily leaving less room for the third occupant. The MPV is available with seven and eight seat layout.

Toyota has added more features to the second generation Innova, among the comfort features, the MPV gets air conditioner, AC vents for second & third row, separate seats in front row with slide and recline function. Features like eight way power adjustable driver seat and passenger seat easy slide are available on the top-of-the-line variants. Vital features aboard include smart entry system, wireless door lock, speed sensing door lock, cruise control, tilt & telescopic power steering, power windows among others. Exteriors get chrome finished front grille with high gloss lower grille, automatic projector headlamps with LED treatment and power adjustable & retractable ORVMs with welcome lights and side turn indicators. Cabin features indirect blue illumination ambient illumination, instrument panel, speedometer, multi-information display, cooled-glove box and console box with lid.

Toyota Innova Crysta Performance

Toyota has brought entirely new engine options on the Innova Crysta. We started with the 2.4-litre diesel motor which is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In-spite of being smaller than the older 2.5-litre engine, the modern four cylinder turbocharged motor has more grunt and is also more frugal. But like the older engine feels not very refined. Just notice the gear lever do the Shake while cranking up the MPV.Once in motion it settles down and has good mid- and top-end power. Rev it harder and the motor gets audible and stressed, forcing you to shift to the next gear before reaching the redline. At 149PS, it produces a stunning 49PS more than the outgoing Innova which is evident right from the word go. There is more than ample torque at 343Nm which comes handy while over taking other cars, even when the Crysta is packed to the brim with passengers and luggage.But the clutch still has a long travel… a compromise you pay for durability. The gear stick is shorter and more car like now, but an averagely built Indian will have to stretch a little to reach the gear-knob when it was slotted in third.

The 5-speed manual gearbox has better spread ratios now, which means you can quickly shift to fifth and cruise on the highway. Having said that, having a sixth gear would have kept the engine even less strained during long distance journey.Toyota engineers spoke about improved sound insulation, but still there is a fair amount of road and engine noise which can be heard within the cabin… yes, even with the windows up. You also get 3 driving modes – Normal, Eco and Power. As the names suggest, Power has the best accelerator response, Eco can squeeze maximum out of a litre of fuel and normal gives you best of both.The other engine option is for those looking for more convenience and opulence. This is also a brand new motor – a 2.8-litre turbocharger with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Currently this is the second MPV, after the Maruti Ertiga, to come with an automatic option in India. After a long day of driving and photoshoot, we couldn’t have asked for anything better – driving back in this automatic car, through the busy streets of Goa. With 174PS power on the tap, it really quick off the line and feels quite spirited for an automatic car. There a massive 360Nm of toque which starts to flow really early in the rev range giving the Crysta automatic creamy power deliver. There’s hardly any turbo-lag and the gearshifts are linear, making it perfect for city use.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

Similar to the older Innova, the Crysta employs a ladder on frame chassis, so don’t expect monocoque like dynamics. But use of rigid – high tensile steel has kept a check on the weight. This setup along with larger rear shoc absorbers make the Crysta iron through even crater like roads. The ride quality for a MPV of this size is seriously impressive and the biggest strength going by the road conditions we encounter everyday. The suspension almost never bottoms out, and goes over rumblers and spead breaker as it they never existed.It’s a big car and the steering feels heavy specially while taking a U-turn. This is probably to keep the steering communicative and fairly direct, but at higher speed it becomes both lighter and inconsistent. Moreover, it still has evident body-roll though the engineers have tried to control the sip like pitching movement to certain extent. Obviously, smaller MPVs available in India feel more nimble and agile, but the Innova Crysta is clearly more composed and sure footed.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety

Innova range gets three airbags including driver airbag, co-passenger airbag and there is a knee-bag as well. Vehicle stability control and hill start assist control are available only on the range topping variants. Other safety features that are also available on Innova include seat belts in front and rear, child restraint system, back monitor, clearance and back sonar, seat belt warning, door ajar warning and immobilizer. Exteriors get chrome finished front grille with high gloss lower grille, automatic projector headlamps with LED treatment and power adjustable & retractable ORVMs with welcome lights and side turn indicators. Cabin features indirect blue illumination ambient illumination, instrument panel, speedometer, multi-information display, cooled-glove box and console box with lid.

Toyota Innova Crysta Price in Hyderabad

Toyota Innova Crysta Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 13,61,884/- (Innova Crysta 2.4 G MT 7 Seater) to 23,82,118/- (Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport). Get best offers for Toyota Innova Crysta from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Crysta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Bottomline

As expected, the Innova Crysta’s feature list is much longer now. The Crysta will be available in six variants and six colour options. All variants get ABS, driver, passenger and a driver knee airbag as standard. Automatic up and down power windows are standard. The top variant also gets curtain airbags, electrically adjustable driver seat, keyless entry, push start/stop ignition, cruise control and 17-inch alloys wheels to name a few features.While we do know that the Innova Crysta is a big step up from the outgoing model, what we don’t know as yet is the price. We expect Toyota to price the MPV from Rs 15.5 lakh to Rs 19 lakh, ex-Mumbai, roughly Rs 2 lakh more than the current Innova’s prices. The new Crysta will retire the current Innova and replace it. If the price is right, the Crysta has the potential to continue its domination for many more years to come.