Performance of the New Toyota Fortuner.
The all new Toyota Fortuner was next in-line after the launch of Innova Crysta by Toyota. After launching the Crysta with Petrol and Diesel Variants, Toyota carried forward the same thought and gave the all new Fortuner, a 2.8 L Diesel engine and 2.7 L Petrol Engine. Both engines come meshed to choice of AT and MT Gearbox. There are 3 transmission choices to choose from 5 Speed MT, 6 Speed MT (with iMT) and 6 Speed AT with Sequential Shift, Paddle Shift and Shift Lock. The 5 Speed MT is available only
in the Petrol Version of new Fortuner. Also, the new Fortuner Diesel comes with choice of 2WD and 4WD i.e 4x2 & 4x4 drivetrains and the Petrol version comes only in 2WD i.e 4x2 option.
And just to remind you all, the new diesel engine is smaller than the outgoing model (3.0 Lt) which means it gives a reasonable FE but my test car in city drive with traffic and AC on gave 11.4 km/L
To begin with, New Fortuner is now having a much improved frame though still its a body-on-frame
SUV. The new improved strength of frame is all because of TNGA i.e Toyota New Global Architecture. Further talking about the engine, the diesel 2.8 Lt unit gives 177PS of power at 3400 rpm and 420 Nm of Torque in MT box and 450Nm of Torque in AT Box at an rpm range of 1600-2400. About the petrol engine, the 2.7 Lt unit gives 166PS of Power at 5200 rpm and 245Nm of Torque at 4000rpm.
Coming to the driving part, I drove the 4x2 Diesel Automatic Variant. The Petrol ones are yet to come in dealership as TD Cars. Just a thought, how many will buy such a big SUV with a Petrol engine in the first place?
. Now, moving forward, the first thing upon cranking the engine I always look for is the refinement of the NVH. In terms of NVH, the diesel engine of new Fortuner is very well refined and the insulation have been properly placed as to improve on the NVH. While in drive, I also made a video to capture the NVH, Engine Sound and have posted that here. I am literally impressed with the kind of NVH levels this new Fortuner has. Up till now, I felt only Hyundai can give silent diesel engines but after driving and observing this new Fortuner, I add this to the list of silent diesel engines too. During the drive the engine sound and that characteristic clatter of the diesel engine is also very controlled and modulated. Since the 2 of us drove this new SUV only in City roads so in that drive, I came out super impressed with the diesel engine. We drove it at speeds of 70-90 km/h and in this range, the diesel engine did not disappoint us at all. Though I have not driven the Fortuner on Highways, but I am very sure, it will not disappoint over there too. The TD Coordinator to further show the NVH levels pressed the accelerator in Idle and only when it was pressed hard, did the engine sound filter slightly in the cabin and the diesel roar was heard! As I further heard the engine sound with open hood, I felt a massive difference in regards to outer-NVH and in-cabin NVH of new Fortuner. I appreciate here the efforts of Toyota
. I did make an engine sound video which by now you all would be familiar with. The diesel engine gets a proper engine cover, under-hood cladding and what surprised me was that a 26 Lac rupee SUV missing the hydraulic hood struts. Come On! this is not done. Me being a heavy built person did not feel much pressure to lift the hood but for the light and medium built guys would suggest them to drink a glass of Bournvita daily and exercise to improve your shoulders for handling this heavy duty hood of new Fortuner. Beyond 20-30 seconds its not easy to hold the heavy hood. At the launch too we had a good laugh at it.
Coming to the steering and braking part, Fortuner in it's earlier outings in India had an issue with its brakes and as I did my internship at one of my uncle's Toyota Dealership, I remember a case where Fortuner's brake pedal had malfunctioned in 2009 but in new Fortuner, the brakes are very good
and the bite point is also acceptable too and while braking, even with it's weight and size, Fortuner stops in a composed manner and big thanks to Toyota for providing Front and Rear Disc Brakes to this new Fortuner. Apart from this, the new Fortuner is equipped with ABS+EBD+BA
features to enhance the vehicle's all round safety and also that of the passengers. Even though being a tall SUV, upon braking the body-roll is well controlled
. Talking of the steering part, I felt the steering feedback in new Fortuner is still lacking. It is not confidence inspiring and yes crossing 80-90 km/h can be a slightly tricky situation. For a SUV of this size, the steering feedback is scary.
Moving to the Handling and Ride aspect, In my observation, I found the ride quality of this new Fortuner to be well balanced. From the earlier generation Fortuners in which I have traveled, I find a positive and remarkable difference in this one. The potholes don't mean anything for this gigantic SUV and it passes them with ease. The suspension setup is also well groomed and even on rough roads, the jerks aren't felt much. Coming to the Tires, my TD Car had Bridgestone Rubber with 17" Alloys. The size was 265/65 as it was a 2WD model. I found the the grip of Bridgestone AT Tires to be satisfactory on the city roads and even the road noise was not much. However, one thing that I felt is poor is the improper cladding inside the wheel arcs. Having a tall stance, this kind of short coming makes a big deal for those who look on every inch and corner of the Car/SUV.
Moving on, the new Fortuner gets two drive modes as well, the 'Eco' and 'Power' mode. I drove in Eco mode. This new SUV performed nicely without
any hickups. The engine performed well and the transmission too in Eco Mode performed nicely. The throttle response too remained good in this mode. The TD Coordinator drove in power mode in which the performance was even better and that torque was actually felt by me. But me being a easy going person and one who loves to drive in calm way with one foot resting on dead pedal (New Fortuner too has it) will opt for the ECO mode only due to acceptable performance and refinement levels. Coming to the transmission, the AT box has paddle shift and sequential shift for the new Fortuner and performance wise I found it to be sleek. The well coordinated upshifts and downshifts added to the humbling drive experience and the slotting pattern from P to R etc is also well meshed. No jerks or absurd tantrums shown by the transmission in performance.
Adding couple of Videos on New Toyota Fortuner SUV.