Say what you may about the Toyota Fortuner, this Japanese SUV sure commands a road presence that still stands unmatched, at least in its respective segment. If you wish to create a strong statement amongst your peers, arrive in a Fortuner. ‘Nuff said! If you think that the stock Fortuner looks a bit bland for your taste, the carmaker has revealed a new limited-run special edition of the Fortuner dubbed as Commander. Sad for us, the new Fortuner Commander is exclusive for the Thailand market and is limited to 1,000 units only.
The Fortuner Commander gets a number of cosmetic tweaks splattered here and there to let people know that this is no regular Fortuner. For starters, the silver and chrome inserts on the bumpers have made way for blacked-out panels. The same sinister treatment is also borrowed by the rear end as the chrome detailing between the tail-lamps is also blacked out. Toyota should have offered a different set of alloys with the Commander because it sits on the same alloys as the Legender with the roof also finished in a contrasting shade of black.
The interiors reflect the same monochromatic shade as the Commander gets a dual-tone dark red and black leather upholstery. To set it apart from the rest of the variants in the feature department, Toyota has upped the ante by offering a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert.
Unsurprisingly, Toyota has only focused on the styling bits, while the engine bay remains untouched. The Fortuner Commander is powered by a 2.4-litre iesel engine that produces 148bhp and 400Nm of torque. In India, the Fortuner can only be had with a more powerful 2.8-litre diesel engine. Toyota has also claimed that they have improved the suspension set-up for the special edition to provide improved ride quality as compared to the standard Fortuner.