A few years back, we wouldn’t have thought even in our wildest dreams that our beloved Toyota Fortuner would be inching deadly close to the INR 50 Lakh mark. But all thanks to the recently launched Toyota Fortuner GR Sport trim which is priced at INR 48.43 Lakh, it has indeed become a reality. While there are some nifty aesthetic updates to it, the primary recipe remains the same as it retains the same diesel powertrain, automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive configuration.
What does it get?
Comparing the prices of the Fortuner GR-S to the standard Fortuner 4x4 AT reveals how astronomically high its pricing is at it costs almost INR 8.43 Lakh more than the standard Fortuner. Even the Legender 4x4 AT which also packs just cosmetic updates, costs around INR 3.8 Lakh lesser. The GR badging means that it is a by-product of Toyota’s performance division ‘Gazoo Racing’ but the differences are purely cosmetic.
The front fascia looks very similar to the Legender trim with some GR-specific bits sprinkled here and there, like the gloss black trims over the LED headlights. The aggressively styled bumper also makes a bold style statement up front but the side profile is a bit toned down. The rear end is also differentiated a little, all thanks to the inclusion of a diffuser.
The same story is told inside the cabin as well, with the overall layout and features remaining the same as before, save for the all-black theme complemented by red stitching. The seats are finished in black upholstery with red stitching and GR logos on the headrest.
The centre console and digital driver’s display also get nifty GR touches accompanied by the steering wheel. The equipment list is more or less similar to what we already get with the Legender including connected car tech, 8.0-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, JBL audio system and 7 airbags.
Mechanically speaking, the only change that has been introduced is in the suspension department as the setup has been retuned by GR. Expect it to perform in a bit more agile manner around the bends. Power is derived from the familiar 2.8-litre diesel engine which puts down a respectable 201 bhp at 3000-3400rpm and 500 Nm of peak torque between 1600-2800rpm. The GR-S trim comes mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox while 4WD is standard.