2016 Toyota Fortuner
2016 Toyota FortunerToyota

With the announcement to ban the registration of diesel vehicles having capacity over 2000cc in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor turned out to be one of the worst impacted car-makers in the country. Subsequently, the Japanese-Indo outfit developed petrol engine for its best selling model Innova Crysta. Now, emerging reports indicate that the same engine will also power the next generation of Fortuner slated for a launch in early 2017. This will be the first time Toyota bringing petrol engine to the Fortuner SUV.

According to a report in DriveSpark, sources from Toyota have confirmed the launch of Fortuner with petrol engine. The Fortuner petrol will be powered by a 2.7-litre, four-cylinder, dual VVT-i petrol engine that develops 162bhp of power and 245Nm of peak torque mated either five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Apart from the petrol engine, the new Fortuner will be sold with the 2.4-litre GD and 2.8-litre GD diesel engines. The 2.4-litre unit will develop 148bhp and 400Nm of torque while the 2.8-litre mill will churn out 175bhp and 450Nm of torque. The SUV will be available in 4WD (four-wheel drive) and 2WD (two-wheel drive) formats.

On the design front, the new version is more youthful than the current version. The new version features reworked front and rear bumper. The headlamps and taillamps are slimmer and wider now. In features, the SUV will flaunt Bi-Xenon LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, Traction Control (TRC) system, electrically adjustable driver seat, Down Hill Assist Control system, cruise control and reverse parking camera.