Buoyed by outstanding response for new gen Fortuner, Toyota is preparing to launch the sportier TRD (Toyota Racing Department) version of the SUV in the Indian market. It is expected that the new version will be launched before this festive season, Diwali. Media reports propose that the production of the new TRD Fortuner have already started at the company’s Karnataka based plant. As a reminder, the 2017 Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo variant is already on sale in select Asian markets including Indonesia. The previous generation Fortuner was also offered in TRD version. However, the company did not launch this version with the new gen model, which was presented last year. This variant is also expected to be offered in 4×2 variant equipped with a 2.8-litre diesel engine and automatic gearbox. We believe that this model could be offered with 4×4 drivetrain as well. The new model will be equipped with Toyota’s TRD Sportivo kit, which will make it look sportier than the regular car.
Talking about features, the SUV could get blacked out roof and pillars, new grille, new consume tips and TRD branding on the seats and exterior of the car. The wheel arches will be fitted to a newly developed 20-inch alloy wheels. The Japanese carmaker is yet to make a formal statement on the launch of this variant. If media reports are to be right, the SUV could be launched before this festive season, Diwali. Additionally, the production of the car is also reportedly started at the company’s Karnataka based plant. This version is likely to be offered on the 4×2 Automatic variant of the regular Fortuner. Government of India has revised the GST rates for the larger vehicles and SUVs, which will make the regular model around 10-15% pricier than the outgoing car. We believe that the new Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo price could start at Rs.31 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Fortuner TRD Sportivo will be powered by a 2.8-litre GD diesel engine that also powers the regular model. This engine is proficient of making a maximum power output of 174.5bhp at 3,400rpm and a peak torque of 450Nm between 1,600-2,400 rpm. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. The company could also launch the 4×4 version of the SUV.