After the departure of Ford Endeavor from our market, Toyota seems to be relishing its monopoly in the 7-passenger full-size SUV segment with unprecedented demand.
According to our dealer-level sources, Toyota has stopped taking reservations for the Fortuner 4×4 variants. According to our information, the demand for the SUV is so high that some dealers have more than 6 months of waiting on the 4 models Fortuner ×4. In order to prevent these from increasing further, the Japanese car giant has suspended reservations for a period of time. Note that Toyota has also stopped taking reservations for the diesel Innova, although this may have something to do with the next version of the minivan.
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Toyota stops Fortuner 4×4 reservations
After Ford ceased manufacturing in India, Endeavor disappeared from the market. As everyone knows, it was the only worthy rival to the mighty Fortuner in our market. However, in the absence of this, people had little choice but to buy the Fortuner. Taking advantage of these circumstances, Toyota even raised the prices of the SUV several times and now the top trim costs just under Rs 50 lakh, with ex-showroom making the on-road price higher than Rs 60 lakh in some cities.
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Despite the astronomical prices, people are flocking to buy the SUV. Not anticipating such massive demand, Toyota is unable to offer deliveries at the same rate. Therefore, they thought it best to stop reservations for 4×4 versions for the time being and resume them later when waiting times decrease a bit. It should be mentioned here that there are other products on the market in this segment like the MG Gloster, the Isuzu MU-X and the recently launched Jeep Meridian. But none of those could come close to beating the Fortuner, as their meager sales numbers suggest.
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The Toyota Fortuner is powered by a 2.7-liter petrol unit (164 hp / 245 Nm) and a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine (201 hp / 420 Nm). It is paired with 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options. With the automatic transmission, the torque produced is a whopping 500 Nm with the diesel mill. Lots of off-road equipment is offered to make it extremely capable on terrain without paved roads. Prices for the SUV range from Rs 32.40 lakh to Rs 49.57 lakh, ex-showroom.