Toyota Fortuner is one of the best-selling large SUVs in India, and a popular choice among SUV enthusiasts. At the ongoing 2023 Bangkok Motor Show, Toyota showcased two of its new variants, 2023 Fortuner Modellista and 2023 GR Sport
- More Aggressive Design
is equipped with a 2.4L turbo diesel engine. The aftermarket kit developed by Modellista accentuates sporty elements. Modellista provides the opportunity to customize vehicles, adding an unmatched layer of creativity and quality. The company's expertise and popularity in Japan, evidenced by its sales numbers, guarantee a high-quality product.
In comparison, the GR Sport variant comes straight from the heart of racing with a 2.8L turbo diesel engine. Toyota Gazoo Racing has developed the Fortuner GR Sport to deliver superior driving performance, taking the vehicle to new heights. It's an opportunity to express individuality like never before, thanks to the car's sporty enhancements. The showcased unit in candy Red looks swell. The front profile sports a Lexus-inspired large open grille.
In terms of pricing, Fortuner Modellista 2.4L diesel engine variant based on Legender costs around 1.673 million Baht (approx Rs. 40.41 lakh, ex-sh. 2023 Fortuner GR Sport variant costs around 1.8 million Baht (approx Rs. 45.9 lakh, ex-sh). Mileage claimed by 2023 Fortuner 2.8 liter diesel engine is 14.7 kmpl while that by the 2.4 liter diesel motor is 13.9 kmpl.
: More Than Just a Facelift
2023 Toyota Fortuner GR Sport is equipped with advanced features that enhance driving and passenger experiences. The nine-inch infotainment system, and wireless charging, add to convenience. There's also an overhead screen option for rear passengers.
The car also features an electric tailgate, hill start assist, and trailer assist to further facilitate ease of use. Top end is rich in equipment and geared to deliver a dynamic driving experience. It sits even higher than the Fortuner Legender 2.8L option.
The GR Sport variant gets an aggressive front profile with an 'X' insignia design effect. The Fortuner Modellista gets a blackened 'X' insignia that connects both ends and gives the car a more stylish look. Front skirt is aggressive, helped by edgy lines.
There's also a wee bit of chrome below all the front black elements. The Modellista has noticeably more design updates with Infiniti QX80 inspired wheel design, but we have to give it up for the GR Sport for its vivid Red colour. While the Fortuner Modellista is not available in India, Toyota has introduced the GR Sport variant in the country.
Toyota's Fortuner: The Best-Selling Large SUV in India
In India, SUVs with length more than 4 m and ground clearance more than 169 mm and engine displacements much larger than 1500 cc, get an applied duty of up to 50%, which is rather very high. At the higher end, it matter little if equipped with a 2.4L or 2.8L engine when it comes to taxes and duties. Toyota India offers the 2.8L diesel with 201 bhp of power and 500 Nm of torque and a 4X4 transfer case. Prices for Fortuner in India extends to Rs. 50.34 lakh ex-sh for GR-Sport, which is just shy of Rs 63 lakh on-road in Karnataka.
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