Ever saw a panoramic sunroof on a Toyota Fortuner? Mostly, the answer would be no, but here's a look at this last-gen Toyota Fortuner with a giant panoramic sunroof.
A sunroof is a much-hyped feature in today’s era. It can be had in small cars like the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Honda Jazz. On the contrary, full-size ladder-frame SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner misses out on one. However, its chief rival – Ford Endeavour gets a panoramic sunroof, instead. In the international markets, Toyota has launched the facelifted version of the Fortuner, which too fails to get a sunroof. Nonetheless, one can get it fitted as an aftermarket add-on. Here’s a last-gen Toyota Fortuner, which now gets a full-size panoramic sunroof. This mod-job has been performed by the folks at Big Daddy Modifiers, who are located in Punjab. This sunroof is a fixed-type unit, and it cannot be opened at all. It extends to the 3rd-row.
Talking of the fit and finish levels, they are top-notch. The job seems to have been performed by experienced hands. On the inside, the headliner has been fixed with high attention to detail as well. However, opting for an aftermarket sunroof is not advisable. In case the job is not performed with great attention, there are chances of leakage and rusting in longer runs. Also, as some carmakers quote, sunroofs aren’t meant of Indian climatic conditions. For the most part of the year, the temperature in India hovers over the 30-degree centigrade mark. Thus, a car is used with its air-conditioning unit turned on for the most time, while the sunroof acts as a conductor of heat. Therefore, making it tough for the air-conditioning system to cool down the cabin.
Toyota Fortuner is currently sold in its second-gen avatar with 2 engine options – 2.7L petrol and 2.8L diesel. The 4-cylinder petrol unit is capable of developing a peak power output of 166 PS and max torque of 245 Nm. The diesel engine, however, puts out a peak power output of 177 PS and peak torque of 450 Nm. The gearbox options on the Fortuner include a 5-speed MT, 6-speed MT and 6-speed At. A 4X4 layout is also available as an option with a low-range transfer case as standard. But, it can only be had with a diesel engine under the hood. The prices of the Toyota Fortuner start at Rs. 28.66 Lakh and top out at Rs. 34.43 Lakh.