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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Toyota Fortuner 6-12 months away from India Launch.

This time round finally toyota are serious and finally after now what is years of towing with the Fortuner idea Toyota plan to give it one last shot.Within the next six months toyota would take a firm decision with regards to the Fortuner SUV[which uses the same IMV platform as the innova].This decision would finally confirm if at all the Fortuner would make it to Indian soil or toyota will scrap the idea altogether after which the introduction should not take more than six months so expect the Toyota Fortuner within a year if at all it was destined for the Indian markets.

This got me looking for reviews on the internet about the Fortuner and though the build quality and the finishing of the interiors matched expectations what disappointed many reviewers was the lifeless and sterile driving experience of the Fortuner[even Comparing the driving experience of the Fortuner to the new Honda city].Also even with the impressive[atleast on paper] 2.7L petrol and 3.0L d4d[common rail diesel engines] reviewers did not exactly find it a scorcher,whether the Fortuner would appeal to enthusiasts we would have to wait and see when we do get the Fortuner on Indian roads for a test-drive.

Just in case environmentalists in India are upset,toyota does plan to Introduce the Prius as well just don't know how much of a premium it would command in the Indian markets.

Update:
The latest is that Toyota plan to launch the fortuner only by 2009[between june-september to be precise],pricing expected within the range of Rs.16-20 lakhs.

6 comments:

Yogesh said...

I won't believe any news until it comes offical from Toyota. I have been waiting for any new model from toyota from last three years but every time we get only speculations.

Anonymous said...

I stay in Dubai, and fortuners all over here.its seeling like anything because here toyota carries a very very reputed name with good resell value.we get two options here 2700 cc and 4000 cc. 4000cc is what makes you feel good.The interior is like a empty plastic box, I mean you knock on the dash board like tak tak.Also it doesn't look that great.where as prado's have this soft rubber feeling to it. ofcourse there is no comparison between the two. Prado is a legend just like Land Cruisers.
Otherwise Fortuners are good and will become very common when its launched in India.

Dr. Shakir HUSAIN said...

This was in news last year also and I would believe only when I see the launch.
Its time Toyota should launch this SUV. Waiting for a long time.....
A welcome move.

Capt.Harish lamba said...

Toyota should take some serious decision regarding the launch of FORTUNER in INDIA. People cant wait for yrs instead they r left with no choice except to buy some other brand. This SUV will rule INDIAN market.

greenskid said...

I am personally expecting this car to hit in Diwali, but that seems just a dream. Everyone of us is waiting for this car for atleast one year, but it is yet to taste the indian soil. I think Toyota is more interested in launching the Small car before it launches Fortuner.

Lalit said...

I am waiting for Fortuner...
Please give me the correct detail when my waiting will end...
Also give me the exact price of top model