The Toyota Fortuner SUV has completed a decade in India. Launched in August 2009, the butch-looking and hardy Toyota has sold a total of 157,876 units comprising 155,392 diesels and 2,484 petrols till end-July 2019. It is learnt that another 878 units were sold in August 2019. To celebrate 10 years of the Fortuner in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has added a special edition variant of the Fortuner to its line-up named TRD Celebratory Edition.
Priced at Rs 33.85 lakh (ex-showroom), the Fortuner TRD Celebratory Edition is available only with the 2.8-litre diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission in 4x2 configuration, and is Rs 215,000 more expensive than the standard Fortuner 2.8D 4x2 AT.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor introduced the TRD Sportivo variant on the current generation of the Fortuner back in 2017. Now, the 2019 TRD Celebratory Edition carries similar styling elements as the earlier TRD Sportivo variant, but has some new elements that differentiate it from the previous model.
As regards changes to the outside, the new variant is available in pearl white colour with a dual-tone black roof. Apart from that, the front also gets a TRD badge on the grille and a new bumper with faux skid plate. There are also new all-black 18-inch alloy wheels which aren’t available on the standard 2WD AT Fortuner. The rear remains mostly unchanged except for the new design of the bumper.
The dual-tone theme continues on the inside as well. The maroon-and-black seats get TRD logos and the dashboard gets contrast red stitching. Apart from this, there are no changes made to the feature list, and the Fortuner continues to offer LED projector headlamps, 7-inch touch-screen with embedded navigation, 7 airbags, vehicle stability control with brake assist, hill assist control and ABS with EBD.
There are no mechanical changes from the standard Fortuner and it continues to be powered by a 177hp, 2.8-litre diesel engine. It competes against the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and Isuzu MU-X.
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