Toyota’s Tweaked Siblings – New Innova & Fortuner
The Innova and the Fortuner has always been the prodigies of the Japanese brand Toyota in India. The duo have significant command over the company’s sales and are class leading as well. The company recently facelifted the duo and the new 2012 models have already hit the roads. Until recently, the siblings looked different from each other but now the company has decided to give them pan-model family design, like other companies. Though the changes are primarily cosmetic, we can expect a lot more from them.
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three-tier front grille is reminiscence to the Toyotas across the globe. The headlamps gets individual washers, which sits on the sharper bumper which also houses redesigned front fog lamps.The bonnet is marked by acute character lines and the air-scoop for cooling the intercooler has grown up slightly. Other than the 12-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and the body-coloured mirrors featuring turn indicators, there isn’t any big deal in the sides. At the rear, the
taillamps have been redesigned and feature prominent twin circular lamps while
the entire unit is of a clear lens type. The tailgate layout too is new and now
houses a chrome garnish with an embossed name tag. The rear bumper has been
altered and the reflectors look similar to the Innova’s. New colour shades are also available now.
replaced with a brushed aluminium effect console. The instrument cluster
too is different and the steering wheel is straight out of the Corolla
offering stereo and mobile phone controls in the higher variants.
Though there are no engine upgrades for both the Innova and the Fortuner, the latter gets brand new two 2WD options – one mannual and the other is automatic transmission. Since a huge number of Fortuners are found in cities, which never go off-road, the 2WD variants have higher potentials, which can take advantage of better performance and fuel-efficiency than the 4WD, provided the fact the they will be a lakh cheaper.