Toyota celebrates 10 years of the Fortuner with the TRD designed Celebratory Edition; it comes in the fully loaded top spec 4X2 diesel automatic variant.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) launched the first generation of the Fortuner in India in 2009. And since then, the SUV has become one of the most popular SUVs in the country thanks to its imposing stance and solid off-roading capabilities. To celebrate this glory, Toyota yesterday launched the new Fortuner TRD ‘Celebratory Edition’ at Rs 33.85 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. This edition costs Rs 25,000 more than the top-end diesel 4X4 automatic variant.
The new Fortuner variant is specially designed by the Toyota Racing Development team which is Toyota’s in-house tuning shop for Toyota and Lexus cars. TRD develops both, its streetcars for better performance and also supports Toyota’s racing interests around the world.
The main changes are made to the Fortuner’s styling. It gets a dual-tone colour scheme with white paint and a black roof. There are bigger 18-inch TRD alloy wheels. There’s also a TRD branded front bumper spoiler and a TRD radiator grille and lower grille cover. Under the lower part of the A-pillar is a Fortuner ‘10 years leadership’ emblem. On the inside too things get sportier with black and maroon leather seats along with red stitch accents.
The Fortuner TRD is only available in the 4X4 diesel automatic variant. It’s propelled by the same 2.8-litre diesel mill that produces 450Nm of torque at 1600-2400rpm and 174.5bhp of power at 3400rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. There are also paddle shifters, something that enthusiasts will surely rejoice. With its strong bottom-end grunt and 225mm ground clearance (standard), this variant too is fit for some mild off-roading.
On the features front, the TRD edition gets everything that the top end 4X4 automatic diesel variant is equipped with. It’s fully loaded with features like bi-beam LED headlamps, LED DRLs, puddle lamps in ORVMs, powered tailgate with memory and jam protection function, and more. It also gets eco and power modes, cruise control, touch screen audio with capacitive switches (It misses out on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), 8-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seat among others.
Since its launch in 2009, Toyota has sold close to 1,60,000 units of the Fortuner, grabbing about 60% share in its segment. It primarily competes with the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the Isuzu mu-X.