Toyota Fortuner facelift will soon be unveiled in Thailand. It is expected to borrow design cues from the recently unveiled Harrier, and here it is how it will look like.
Toyota Fortuner enjoys a cult status in the country. It is all set to receive a mid-life update later this year. The Fortuner facelift is highly anticipated across all the markets it is sold in. However, there’s not much time left for its unveiling, but here’s a speculative rendering of the SUV. It is created by Klinton Ang, a Thailand based auto enthusiasts. According to Ang, the Fortuner facelift will be inspired by the newly revealed 2021 Toyota Harrier.
Toyota will launch the Fortuner facelift with same set of engines, however, the diesel engine is expected to receive a power bump.
It can be seen in the rendering that the Fortuner gets similarly styled headlamps as the Harrier. The new units are slimmer and feature bi-element LED DRLs. The headlamps will also get bi-projector setup for the low and high-beam function. Apart from the headlamps, it can be seen that the upper radiator grille has shrunk itself a bit in terms of thickness. The lower air dam, on the other hand, has grown in length, width, and height. The fog lamps housings have also grown slimmer and sharper.
The rendering is based on the leaked spy shots of the car and the design language seen on the new RAV4 and the Harrier SUVs. Moving around to the sides, the Fortuner will boast of just one change – new design for the 18-inch alloy wheels. The rear is expected to feature a new bumper and revised glow pattern for the tail lamps. Other than these changes, no major cosmetical change is expected on the Fortuner facelift. Toyota might update the interior on the Fortuner facelift with the addition of a new infotainment system. Though, expecting a sunroof is denied.
Toyota Harrier has been recently unveiled and will likely be under considerations for India launch.
Currently, the Fortuner is offered with two engine options – 2.7L petrol and 2.8L diesel. Toyota has updated them recently to comply with the new emission standards. The petrol motor is good for producing 164 BHP/245 Nm and comes mated to a 6-speed MT only. The bigger oil burner is the powerful one here. It is available in two states of tune. The manual variant with a 6-speed MT is available in the lower state of tune with a peak torque of 420 Nm, while the automatic variants with 6-speed AT in the higher one with 450 Nm. The power output for diesel engine with both of these gearboxes is capped at 174 BHP.
With the facelift, Toyota will continue to use these engine and transmission options. The diesel is expected to receive a slight bump in the power, while the petrol will continue to be a mundane unit.