No SUV ever launched in the Indian market has been able to take the place of Fortuner in the recent years , the car even after formidable price hikes sells like hot cakes. To keep on the sale figures as they are Toyota has launched a new variant of the Fortuner , the Fortuner Gazoo Racing variant. Gazoo racing is an in-house Toyota performance oriented arm, like the AMG is to Mercedes. The new variant which is priced at Rs 48.43 lakh,gets cosmetic differences and more features, and even a GR-tuned suspension system.
The Fortuner GR-S gets cosmetic changes which make it different from the standard Fortuner and the Legender. These include a new front grille, tweaked front and rear bumpers, all-black alloy wheels, and GR badges on the grille, fenders and boot lid.
On the inside, the SUV gets an all-black interior with red stitching, GR badging on the steering wheelstart-stop button, a new instrument cluster and sportier looking pedals. Like some versions of the standard Fortuner and Legender, the GR-S gets a wireless charger, a JBL sound system, powered tailgate and an 8.0-inch infotainment system.
The Indian spec GR Fortuner is available with a 204 HP producing 2.8 litre diesel engine paired to an automatic transmission with four wheel drive , a petrol variant is as ofnow missing and as it seems would stay that way.
The GR-S sits above the Legender 4X4 variant in the Fortuner line-up. It rivals the MG Gloster and Mahindra Alturas– the only other SUVs with body-on-frame construction in this price bracket. The Fortuner would soon have to face the wrath brought on by the jeep meridian, which rather than a ladder frame chasis based Suv is an monocoque based offroading SUV. GR variant Fortuner isToyota’s attempt to increase the no of variants to toggle the on goning competition.