Toyota IMC, which has a 28% market share in the new car market of Pakistan, is gearing up to launch a diesel variant of Toyota Fortuner in Pakistan, as confirmed by the sources in Toyota IMC. Details on its eventual launch are still scarce, however, sources have revealed that quite a few test units have already been manufactured by the company for this purpose.
Toyota IMC started the local assembly of Toyota Fortuner in 2013 and offered it in petrol variants. However recent growth in the local automobile industry has led to an exponential demand, and the requirement for a locally mnanufactured -diesel- 4×4 has grown alongside it. A diesel variant for Toyota Fortuner is nothing new, as this vehicle has been offered with diesel engines in India, Colombia, and Philippine. The 3.0L 1KD-FTV I4 engine remained dominant in Fortuner’ first generation, however with modern times and ever changing emission standards Toyota started offering the GD series engines with Fortuner’ second generation.
As mentioned earlier, it is hard to say when this diesel variant will be introduced in Pakistan, but the local 4×4 enthusiasts will finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief on the comeback of diesel vehicles.