Toyota Kirloskar Motors has launched the all-new Fortuner in India at Rs 25.92 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The new Toyota Fortuner features two engine options, with a choice of a 6-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. The SUV is based on the IMV platform, which also underpins the Toyota Innova Crysta and features multiple lightweighting methods to keep the vehicle weight in check. The new Toyota Fortuner competes with the likes of Ford Endeavour, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Hyundai Santa FE. However, with the recent price-cut on the Ford Endeavour and its sales performance in the past few months, it is the main competitor, the new Fortuner will have to go against.
The Toyota Fortuner is powered by a 2,694cc turbocharged petrol engine, that generates 164hp of power at 5,200 rpm and 245Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 2,755 cc diesel unit, on the other hand, produces 174hp at 3,400 rpm and 420 Nm of torque, when paired to a manual transmission. In case of an automatic transmission, this number goes up slightly to 450 Nm between 1,200 rpm and 3,400 rpm. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox.
The Ford Endeavour is built on a newly developed platform and gets a few best-in-segment features and technologies. The Endeavour too offers two diesel engines, a 2.2 litre and 3.2-litre TDCi unit. The smaller unit produces 158hp of power at 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm of torque between 1600-2500rpm. The bigger 3.2 litre unit develops 197hp at 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm of torque between 1750-2500rpm. The 2.2 litre engine offers a choice between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the larger 3.2 litre engine is only offered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The newly launched Fortuner looks radically different compared to the previous model as the new one trades in the old model's butch looks for a sleek and sophisticated design. The SUV gets sleek swept back Bi-Beam headlamps with LED DRL (daytime running lights). There is also a new fog lamp housing on the front body-coloured bumper. Just like the front, the rear of the SUV has also got a makeover. A horizontal chrome stripe is flanked by sleek LED tail lamps on either side. The tail gate too features some sharp creases and a top spoiler.
The Endeavour is a more contemporary looking SUV with a boxy and robust design, which worked wonders for the older Fortuner as well. Those looking for a macho SUV will favour the Endeavour over the Fortuner, which looks more up scale but softer at the same time. The car features Ford's signature trapezoidal grille, sweptback headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. The exterior of the Endeavour also gets new bumper and fog lamps, while the side features double-spoke alloy wheels and a roofline that tapers slightly at the rear.
The Fortuner features a new and plusher cabin, equipped with dual tone interiors. The seat upholstery of the SUV uses a soft leather dark brown material, while the centre console is wrapped in soft leather and metallic accents. The 8-way adjustable driver seats look sporty and are adequately sized to seat people with large frames. The multi-functional steering wheel gets voice recognition, audio and telephone switches. The car is also equipped with other convenient features such as cruise control, automatic climate control and touch screen audio and capacitive switches. For the safety of all occupants, Toyota has equipped the SUV with safety technologies like ABS with EBD, BA (Brake Assist), park assist, downhill assist control, hill assist control, 7 airbags and traction control.
The Endeavour, on the other hand, is equipped with features like electrically-foldable third-row seats and 8-way power adjustable driver seat for more comfort. The instrument cluster gets anti-glare coloured LCD display that displays all the information like performance, navigation and entertainment. Ford has also equipped the car with an electrically operated panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors with parking camera along with safety features like seven airbags, semi-auto parallel park assist, hill launch control and hill descent control. A first-in-segment feature in the Endeavour is its Active Noise Cancellation technology, which consists of speakers that emit counter waves to eliminate sound waves entering the cabin. As a result, the Endeavour possibly has the quietest cabin in its segment.
Off-roading capabilities are the core characteristics for any accomplished SUV and that necessitates a four-wheel drive system, which is available with both the vehicles in the discussion. The new Toyota Fortuner comes with a full-time 4 wheel drive system and two driving modes – ECO and Power. In the ECO mode, the SUV delivers good fuel efficiency and is best suited for city and highway driving. The Power mode is good for off-roading and driving in different road conditions like hills, gravel, etc.
The Ford Endeavour comes with a 4WD system in the 3.2 litre variant and a rear-wheel drive system with the 2.2 litre engine. The system offers a low-ratio gearbox along with the capability of a fully-locking rear differential. The Endeavour is equipped with a Terrain Management System, allowing the driver to choose from various modes including Normal, Snow/Mud/Grass, Sand and Rock. These modes alter the way the engine, transmission and brakes work, resulting in better control on tricky surfaces.
Toyota Fortuner price:
Toyota Fortuner 2.7 4X2 MT: Rs 25.92
Toyota Fortuner 2.7 4X2 AT: Rs 27.61
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 4X2 MT: Rs 27.52
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 4X2 AT: Rs 29.14
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 4X4 MT: Rs 30.05
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 4X4 AT: 31.12
Ford Endeavour price:
Ford Endeavour 2.2 4X2 AT Trend: Rs 23.78
Ford Endeavour 2.2 4X4 MT Trend: Rs 23.78
Ford Endeavour 2.2 4X2 AT Titanium: 27.50
Ford Endeavour 3.2 4X4 AT Trend: Rs 25.93
Ford Endeavour 3.2 4X4 AT Titanium: Rs 29.76
All the prices are ex-showroom, Delhi