This has to be the world’s first lowrider Toyota Fortuner. The Fortuner stands as the nation’s top-performing 7-seat off-road vehicle, considered by many as a symbol of aspiration. Its reputation for dependability, impressive off-roading capabilities, and ruggedness ranks among the leading factors influencing people’s choices. Nevertheless, the SUV’s prices, especially in recent years, have surged significantly. In fact, the most premium Fortuner model now demands a staggering ex-showroom price exceeding Rs 50 lakh. Let us take a look at the details of this unique version of the SUV.
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Lowrider Toyota Fortuner
This post comes from autojournal_india on Instagram. It captures a rather bizarre avatar of the iconic SUV. The entire exterior silhouette and styling remain identical to the regular model. However, there is one massive alteration which changes the very stance of the Fortuner. The height of the SUV has been drastically reduced. In fact, it looks like a sedan version of the Fortuner. At a speed breaker, this Fortuner almost scratches its underbelly. The side profile reveals just how close it sits to the ground. In fact, the wheel arches are completely filled with large alloys. The tyres are almost touching the body of the SUV. We are not sure how practical it would be in real life.
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The Toyota Fortuner presents a choice between two robust engines – a 2.7-litre petrol engine and a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine. The petrol engine cranks out 164 hp and 245 Nm, while the turbo-diesel engine offers a robust 201 hp and 420 Nm of peak power and torque (or 500 Nm when paired with an automatic transmission). When it comes to the diesel versions, you have the option of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, and they all come with all-wheel drive capability as standard. Additionally, the SUV is equipped with a dedicated 4×4 system, ensuring it can effortlessly conquer diverse terrains. Pricing for the Fortuner ranges from Rs 33.43 lakh to Rs 51.44 lakh, ex-showroom.
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What We Think
We are definitely shocked by this weird iteration of the popular SUV. Still, it is great to witness such an uncharacteristic version of the Fortuner plying on the road somewhere. However, we would never advise anyone to perform such modifications on their cars. Firstly, all major car modifications are illegal in India. Second, such customizations actually negatively impact the capabilities and prowess of the Fortuner. Being so low to the ground reduces its charm of being the go-anywhere SUV. Hence, these look good on the internet but have little real-life value.
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