New Toyota Fortuner spied, India launch likely by end-2020

Expect the new Toyota Fortuner to debut in India by late-2020, as a 2021 model.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 08 Apr 2020, 06:51 PM
Facelifted Toyota Fortuner. Image Courtesy: Wapcar.my
Facelifted Toyota Fortuner. Image Courtesy: Wapcar.my
Facelifted Toyota Fortuner. Image Courtesy: Wapcar.my
Facelifted Toyota Fortuner. Image Courtesy: Wapcar.my

Toyota is preparing a mid-cycle update of the Fortuner and the new model has now been spied for the very first time fully undisguised in Thailand. The facelifted Fortuner is expected to make a world debut in May.

The new Fortuner will be notably more aggressive in looks. As per the spy image, it will sport a more dominant looking front fascia with sharper headlamps and remodeled front bumper. Along with that, its upper grille will turn slimmer, while the lower front grille will swell in size.

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Although the side profile may have very minor changes, the rear-section will feature a new sharper bumper with L-shaped reflectors. The SUV also appears to have a dual-tone roof which may be variant-specific.

Inside, expect the upcoming Fortuner to employ a new interior colour scheme with fresh decor elements. Also, Toyota may introduce a number of new comfort and convenience features which are currently missed in the Fortuner.

Speaking of which, this facelift will allow Toyota to rejig Fortuner's feature-list. It may get additions such as head-up display, 360-degree camera system, digital instrument cluster, and connected vehicle functions, but chances are slim.

The company sells the Fortuner globally with a slew of engine options such as 2.7-litre and 4.0-litre petrol, and diesel engines with 2.4-litre, 2.8-litre and 3.0-litre displacements.

For India, it is most likely to continue with the current 2.7-litre petrol and 2.8-litre diesel engines. There is a possibility that Toyota Fortuner’s 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre diesel will be tweaked for more power.

(Also Read: 2021 Toyota Harrier first look leaked online)

Expect the new Fortuner to debut in India by late-2020, as a 2021 model. It will rival the likes of Ford Endeavour and the Isuzu MU-X, as well as other monocoque SUVs like the Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V, and also the Skoda Kodiaq.




First Published Date: 08 Apr 2020, 05:32 PM IST
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