This post highlights the successful journey of the Toyota Fortuner in our market since the time of its inception back in 2009.
The Toyota Fortuner that was launched back in 2009 at the price point of around Rs 18.45 lakh now costs a whopping Rs 32.40 lakh, ex-showroom. Note that these are the starting prices of the popular SUV. In its current iteration, the top GR Sport trim costs a mammoth Rs 49.57 lakh, ex-showroom after the third price hike of Rs 1.14 lakh in 2022. Both of the previous two price hikes were over Rs 1 lakh each.
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Toyota Fortuner Launched in 2009 Now Costs Rs 49.57 lakh
Ever since the departure of the Ford Endeavour from our market, Toyota has been actively bringing in more special edition variants to capture the entire segment. The GR Sport was the last special variant which saw the prices touching that Rs 50 lakh mark. This makes the on-road price around Rs 60 lakh. It is hard to believe that, especially when the original model used to cost Rs 18.45 lakh. However, it must be mentioned that there have been significant changes to the powertrains, cabin, features, off-road capabilities and more. But the main reason for this is the lack of Endeavour and hence, a direct rival.
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The Toyota Fortuner is powered by a 2.7-litre petrol unit (164 bhp / 245 Nm) and a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine (201 bhp / 420 Nm). It is paired with a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options. With the automatic transmission, the torque produced is a massive 500 Nm with the diesel mill. There is plenty of off-roading equipment on offer to make it immensely capable in terrains without tarmac roads.
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Originally, the Fortuner used to come with a 3.0-litre diesel engine that produced 171 PS and 343 Nm of peak power and torque. It came with only a manual transmission and full-time AWD. Even back then, the focus of Toyota was to establish the Fortuner as a popular off-roading SUV. 13 years later, the Fortuner is a recognised, tested and appreciated off-roading full-size SUV in our market. Let us know your feelings about the constant price hikes by Toyota.