In early November, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), Toyotaâ€™s subsidiary for production and sales in India, released the all-new Fortuner to the Indian market.
The first-generation Fortuner was launched as an SUV model for Toyotaâ€™s Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) project, a sales strategy for emerging markets. It was sold in markets such as India, Southeast Asia, South America, South Africa and Russia.
In July 2015, the all-new second-generation Fortuner was unveiled in Thailand as the SUV version of the new Hilux. The exterior measures at 4,795 x 1,855 x 1,835mm (length x width x height) and the wheelbase is 2,745mm long. It is currently being developed to become a seven-seater family SUV that offers more stylishness and refinement than its predecessor.
The recently unveiled Fortuner for the Indian market comes available in either a 2.8-liter diesel engine or a 2.7-liter gasoline unit. The diesel model features both 2WD and 4WD while the gasoline model offers a 2WD system.
TKMâ€™s Senior Vice President and Director of Sales & Marketing, Narayan Raja said, â€œSince its release back in 2009, the Fortuner has captured 70% of the market share for Indiaâ€™s SUV segment. It is highly recognized as a true SUV that offers plenty of power and performance.â€
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)