A runaway success since launch, Toyota launched a 4×4 automatic version of their brawny Fortuner yesterday. However, according to a report, they are also about to launch the SUV with a 2.5L engine borrowed from the Innova. Tuned to churn 142bhp at 3400rpm and 34.9kgm of torque between 1600-2800rpm, the lesser powerful variant will make 27 lesser bhp’s than the Fortuner 3.0L, which currently makes 169bhp at 3600rpm and 36.7kgm between 1400-3400rpm.
Interestingly, the 2.5L Fortuner will only be sold in 2WD format but will be offered with an optional 5-speed auto box, while the standard variant will transfer power to the wheels via a five-speed manual. Although down on grunt in comparison to the 3.0L 4×2 model, the 2.5L variant will also be lighter, making it as good as the 3.0L model, performance wise.
The Fortuner 2.5L could also come with (TRD) body package as standard, which includes a dual-tone radiator grille, side skirts, rear spoiler and some body graphics. What the 2.5L will miss out on is the 3.0L’s HID lights and the voice-activated navigation system However, leather seats, powered driver’s seat, steering-mounted controls, climate control, rear camera, twin airbags and a touchscreen audio system will be part of standard equipment. Expect the Fortuner 2.5L to be priced a lakh lesser than the 4×2 3.0L variant.