Toyota India gearing up to launch next generation 2016 FortunerAlso Read - Jammu and Kashmir: 7 News Portals Banned in Ramban District For Peddling Fake News

After bagging a huge success with the current generation Fortuner SUV, Toyota India is all set to introduce the next generation in the country. We informed you earlier that the automaker is very much aggressive with the upcoming SUV and aims to cater maximum audience with the SUV. The current generation Fortuner SUV marked its presence in the Indian market with its stylish and robust design along with huge network deriving the SUV as one of the most loved SUV in the country.  With the overall demand from the domestic market, the SUV has emerged as one of the most successful premium SUVs available in the country. Also Read - Ian Chappell: A Rasp-Like Voice That Cut No Corners

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Expected to arrive during the festive season, the second generation Fortuner SUV will be a huge step-up in terms of features and better specifications. As the launch of the next generation Fortuner is around the corner, the current generation of Fortuner is already out of stock which further signifies the popularity and the demand of the SUV. However, the pending deliveries for the current generation Fortuner will be completely rolled out by the Navratri.

According to our sources, it is believed that various dealerships across Delhi have already initiated the pre-bookings with an initial amount of INR 1 lakh. Expected an enthusiastic response for 2016 model, the waiting period of the 2016 Fortuner is claimed to be approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Based on a completely new design philosophy, the next-gen 2016 Fortuner SUV will sport all-new ladder-frame chassis which also underpins the recently launched Innova Crysta. Dimensionally, the SUV will get length of 4795mm, width of 1855mm and height of 1835mm along with wheelbase of 2750mm.

On the exterior front, the premium SUV will sport all-new three slat chrome grille, sleek headlamps and sleek headlamps with LED DRLs and projector, new bumper with chrome highlights around the fog-lamp housings, black plastic cladding, multi-spoke alloy wheels, elegantly designed tail lamps, a roof-mounted spoiler and a finely moulded bumper.

Toyota India gearing up to launch next generation 2016 Fortuner

Expected to be more premium on the inside, the SUV will feature beige leather upholstery accentuating the overall appearance of the cabin. Feature-wise, it will be seen with touchscreen, multi-information display, steering mounted controls, automatic air-conditioning, cooled glove box, one touch folding second row of seats and push-button start-stop among the others. Coming to the safety front, the all-new 2016 Fortuner will be equipped with multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control and Hill start assist. Also Read: 2016 Toyota Fortuner: Here are 10 key facts that you should know

Talking about the powerhouse, the next generation 2016 Fortuner will be powered by two engines – a 2.4-litre D-4D and a 2.8-litre D-4D. The smaller diesel engine will be capable of developing 148Bhp of max power along with peak torque of 200Nm whereas the bigger diesel engine will churn out 175bhp with 450Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties will be carried out by manual as well as automatic units as the SUV will be offered in both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems.

As far as the pricing is concerned, the upcoming 2016 Toyota Fortuner which is expected to get an introductory price of INR 24 Lakh (ex-showroom) for the base variant and will go up till INR 30 lakh (ex-showroom). Once launched, the premium SUV will go head-on-head with rivals such as Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Tucson, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the upcoming Jeep Compass SUV.