Toyota New Fortuner
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Strong Areas

  • Muscular road presence
  • Cruise control convenience
  • 2nd and 3rd row AC controls 
  • High traction & off-road ability
  • Optitron instrument cluster enhance visibility

Weak Areas

  • High price
  • Abundant body roll
  • Tricky city driving
  • Innova like interiors 
  • Interior needs luxurious revamp
Toyota New Fortuner

Toyota Fortuners bulk gets the convenience of 5 speed auto gearbox.

A car of Fortuner size always needed an automatic transmission, however, engineers at Toyota decided to launch it in 2012 with just 4 speed manual transmission, they have now added the 5 speed closely spaced automatic transmission with lower gear ratios from 1st to 3rd gears ensuring zero loss in terms of its driving thrill



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When Toyota introduced the Fortuner automatic in 2012, it gave the car a four-speed transmission at a time when six was the norm and five-speeders were considered entry-level. To be fair, the Fortuner’s four-speeder was up to the job – it was fast-acting enough and a clever selection of ratios meant you never really missed a fifth gears. To keep up with the times, however, the Fortuner now comes with a five-speed auto. Like before, the automatic is available only in rear-wheel-drive format.

What this new gearbox brings to the table is a set of ratios that are more closely stacked. It now has shorter first, second and third gears for better acceleration and throttle response, while the fourth and fifth gear are similar to the top two gears on the old box.

Now this doesn’t translate into huge differences in outright acceleration – the five-speed is just 0.3sec faster to 100kph than the four-speeder, and by 120kph they are pretty neck-and-neck. Even in the 20-80kph run, the new Fortuner is only 0.5 sec faster faster, and it’s actually slower than the old car in the 40-100 kph run.

Where the extra ratio really makes a difference is in everyday driving – the Fortuner feels more eager and faster than before and the jerky throttle response of the earlier ‘box is replaced by a more linear one. The engine feels more relaxed, while the gearbox shifts up early and keep the motor at more comfortable engine speeds. This also helps the 3.0-litre 168bhp motor’s characteristics – past 3200rpm, the engine sounds rough and power tapers off, and so these early upshifts are welcome. The auto transmission feels more eager to downshifts too and gearshifts, though smoother than before, engage with a slight jolt. The Rexton, for example, has more seamless gearshifts.

The rest of the car remains the same. The interiors are solidly built but don’t give much of a premium SUV quality feel. The first two rows are comfortable and the third-row, with its knees-up seating posture, is good for short drives only.

Considering this is a tall and heavy SUV, handling is quite decent and there is loads of grip from the wide 265-section tyres. But where this car disappoints is in the way it rides. The Fortuner feels lumpy, especially at low speeds, and though it gets better as you go faster, it never feels settled.

With a new five-speed automatic gearbox, the Toyota Fortuner’s drivability has improved and outright performance has gone up too. Priced at Rs 22.33 lakh, the Fortuner automatic is still expensive. But thanks to the overall improvement, it is a better buy than before.

Source: Autocar

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