Toyota Fortuner, the popular rival of Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4, will receive a mid-cycle makeover that could bring in new soft parts inspired from Land Cruiser Prado
Earlier this year, it came to light that the second-gen Toyota Fortuner will soon receive its mid-life makeover to maintain the strong popularity it enjoys. Now, in a fresh development, IndianAutosBlog has presented a digital rendering of the refreshed version to give us a hint of what the new model could look like.
2020 Toyota Fortuner (facelift) could feature a highly updated front-end with Land Cruiser Prado-inspired headlights.
As has been the nature of most mid-cycle updates, the Toyota Fortuner could receive most of the changes at its front-end. It’s expected that the refreshed version will carry a pair of LED headlamps similar in visual appeal to the Land Cruiser Prado. Also, the SUV is expected to get a bigger upper grille, new fog lamps and an updated bumper. The side profile could get a design change for the mag rims, while the rear is likely to be offered with updated taillamps and a tweaked bumper.
The interior of the Toyota Fortuner facelift is unlikely to receive any major styling tweaks. Changes for the cabin could be limited to an upholstery change and a stricter NVH package. Moreover, the India-spec T-Ford could finally receive an updated touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. While these smartphone connectivity options are available on the international-spec model, the Indian version is devoid of these.
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On the mechanical side of things, the updated Toyota Fortuner could come equipped with a more powerful version of the current 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel engine. The current transmission options, which include 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque-converter automatic units, will be carried over to the refreshed model. In its current state, the aforementioned oil-burner, which recently received its BSVI update, offers a maximum of 177hp at 3,400 rpm. Peak torque output is rated 420 Nm at 1,400-2,600 rpm for the MT and 450 Nm at 1,600-2,400 rpm for AT.
The new look Toyota Fortuner (facelift0 could launch in the last quarter of the current calendar year. Prices will most likely witness a slight increment.