The Toyota Fortuner BS6 has started rolling out from dealerships at the same ex-showroom price as its old BS4 counterpart.
Toyota India has rather silently launched the BS6-compliant version of the popular Fortuner 7-seater SUV at no extra cost over its outgoing BS4 counterpart. In fact, deliveries of the Toyota Fortuner BS6 have already commenced at dealerships. Prices for the current BS4 models start at around Rs 30.20 lakh for the 4×2 diesel manual variant.
Even though the pricing is the same as before, reports state that it would be temporary or introductory. In the meantime, Toyota will be gauging the BS6 prices of the main rivals of the Fortuner before fixing the final price tag (which would obviously be higher). The Toyota Fortuner locks horns with the Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4; both of which are still in their BS4 format. However, the Ford Endeavour BS6 will be making its debut soon with an all-new 2.0-litre diesel motor mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Coming back to the Toyota Fortuner, it is easily the most popular choice among the top three names. The excellent resale value of a Toyota product is an added bonus. As per the very first customers, the new Toyota Fortuner BS6 feels “smoother to drive”.
In its BS6 format, the Toyota Fortuner is powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 175bhp and 420Nm of torque while mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. With the 6-speed automatic, the torque output rises to 450Nm. The three-row SUV is available in both RWD and AWD formats.
Even though being an extremely rare choice, the Toyota Fortuner BS6 also comes in a 2.7-litre NA four-cylinder petrol format. The engine is good for 164bhp and 245Nm of torque. The petrol Fortuner is available mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission that powers only the rear axle.
The entire automotive industry is busy updating products from all categories to BS6 specifications before the deadline of April 1, 2020. For the same reason, BS4 models have been either stopped from production or will be continued till the deadline, at a reduced price tag. Many have found good deals for BS4 products (even better with 2019MY units) rather than waiting for the updated BS6 examples that may or may not come with significant improvements.