New Toyota Fortuner SUV
Test Drive with Toyota Fortuner SUV
On Saturday morning, Toyota invited a bunch of car enthusiasts and people from the press for the launch of Toyota Fortuner 2019, and to test the SUV at an off-road site inside The Farm in Semmancheri, OMR.
There was a sense of elation! Not because I would be testing a vehicle off-road, but the car in question was a Toyota Fortuner. I have not had many off-road driving experiences in my life especially in an SUV. So driving the Toyota Fortuner 2019 did give me an experience like never before, a challenge for me and vehicle that demands maximum performance.
Firstly, I drove defensively. The idea was to get myself and my passengers to experience the off-road track in a safe manner. I took the 4*2 automatic version, and not the 4*4 version to tackle obstacles. When I sat down and started the engine, I did not feel confident that I could go and then return the vehicle safely through. But as I started moving a bit and my co-driver also a professional trainer started instructing, my confidence grew, and I started driving fast and testing the beast’s performance and the tyres, through a steep incline and descent, chicken holes, water wading, and finally a slush pit. A slight acceleration to the entry of the deep ditch and all that was needed was minor steering inputs. The Downhill Assist Control (DAC) worked with ease, giving consistent braking inputs to keep the vehicle’s speed in check. Once out of the ditch, the next obstacle was a man-made incline and descent. This hurdle tested the Fortuner’s capability for holding on a hill, which it did really well.
A number of customers and media publications too were invited to test the vehicle, off-road! It rained a bit on Saturday morning and many of us were worried how the event would unfold. But, just moments after the chief guest cutting the ribbon and flagging off the new Toyota Fortuner, the rain stopped, the skies were cleared, and the testing began.
The new Toyota Fortuner Diesel gets updated interiors and added features, while mechanically it remains unchanged.
* It also gets perforated seats and heat-rejection glass.
* Mechanically, it remains identical to its predecessor.
The Toyota Fortuner range now starts at Rs. 27.83 lakh for the base 4x2 diesel variant and go all the way up to Rs. 33.60 lakh for the top-end 4x4 diesel automatic variant, all prices ex-showroom, India.