Toyota India has updated two of its best-selling models in a bid to keep the cars fresh and continue raking in the numbers. The popular Fortuner SUV is now available with a 5-speed automatic gearbox for its 4×4 variant . The automatic tranny was earlier offered only with the 4×2 variant. Next up, is the MPV segment-leading Innova. The car has been given mild updates for 2015 which should take it through to the end of this year, by when, the 2016 Innova will be launched. At the launch of these models, Toyota also announced that all of its cars will now have airbags as standard. Which I think is a great move and they deserve a pat on the back for this. Now, we shall discuss both these cars in detail.
2015 Toyota Fortuner 4×4 AT:
This is the top-of-the-line variant in the Fortuner range. With the introduction of this model the SUV now has four variants – 4×2 MT, 4×2 AT, 4×4 MT and 4×4 AT. The engine powering the new release is the same 3.0 litre diesel mill generating 169 bhp. Fuel efficiency stands at a claimed 11.5 kmpl. Prices for the new Fortuner starts from Rs 24,17,200 and go up all the way to Rs 26,49,429 (Ex-showroom Delhi).
The following features are new in the 2015 Fortuner 4×4 AT:-
12-spoke, 17-inch Dark Grey Alloy Wheels
Front Fog Lamps with chrome outline
Smoked head and tail lamps
New all-black interiors
Touchscreen DVD display with navigation and voice recognition
Standard driver and passenger airbags
2015 Toyota Innova:
The Innova is the bread and butter model of Toyota in India. The MPV has met with huge success since it was launched and continues to deliver strong performance. The Innova prices range between Rs 10,51,451 to Rs 15,80,930 (Ex-showroom Delhi). Power comes from the 2.5 litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder diesel producing 100 bhp and giving 13.3 kilometers to the litre. The car receives several tweaks for both the interior and exterior in 2015, these are mentioned below (Note: Options marked with * are for higher variants only):
Slightly modified Front Grille
Chrome garnish on foglamps and back door
Plastic mouldings on the doors
Wood finish on steering wheel and armrest panel*
Oak shade interior*
Newly designed seats with foldable second and third rows
Third row roof AC vent*
Touchscreen display audio with Bluetooth and remote control
Both the cars will get two new colour options in the form of Bronze Mica Metallic and Silver Metallic.
This is what N.Raja, Director & Sr VP (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor had to say about the company’s latest offerings, “The Innova and the Fortuner are two very successful products and both these vehicles are trend setters in the Indian automobile industry. Now with the Innova turning 10, it is indeed a proud moment for all of us at Toyota to have witnessed a successful journey for the past decade. As we begin a new year, we are pleased to launch a new offering, the Fortuner 4X4 Automatic with a lot more premiumness, in line with the ever-changing lifestyle choices and preference of our customers. We look forward to serving many more customers with the all new Innova and Fortuner.”