The new Toyota Fortuner facelift will be introduced for the 2021 model year in global markets
Toyota has been working on the facelifted avatar of its popular Fortuner 7-seater SUV for international markets. Expected to make a global debut for the 2021 model year, the new Toyota Fortuner facelifted was recently spied. Though the images were poor in quality, one could work out all the major design changes. To give a brief overview, the facelift sports a sharper front-end, new wheels and more features on the inside.
Alongside the spy shots, we had shared a render of the front profile as well. Now, IADesign or Indonesia Automotive Design (@ia.dsgn on Instagram) has created a new render of the 2020 Toyota Fortuner facelift, taking reference from its first pictures. The render has been done over the current-gen Fortuner in a more realistic environment.
As mention before, the front design has gone through a range of upgrades. The full-LED headlamps converge to a protruding nose. The radiator + intercooler grille has become more prominent thanks to its size and rectangular pellet pattern. IADesign has left the wheels untouched even though the facelift will get a new set of five-spokes. Do keep in mind that the render was done with just a few low-quality shots from odd angles. Hence, the final version could look much different if we go into detail.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor had recently confirmed that a limited-edition Fortuner variant was in the works. The announcement was made just a few days before the automaker introduced the SUV’s Epic and Epic Black editions in South Africa. They feature a few cosmetic upgrades outside and some added equipment inside. Only one engine is available — a 2.8-litre diesel making 174bhp and 450Nm while mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is offered in both AWD and RWD formats.
In India, the Toyota Fortuner has been updated to BS6 emission specifications. Prices have remained mostly unchanged at a starting figure of about Rs 28 lakh ex-showroom. The segment-leading SUV comes with two engine choices: 2.7-litre NA petrol with 164bhp/245Nm and 2.8-litre diesel with 174bhp/450Nm. The petrol engine is available only in RWD format with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. The diesel engine comes in both RWD and AWD format. In its 6-speed manual format, the diesel engine makes about 30Nm less.
Ahead of BS6 implementation in India, Toyota has discontinued a range of products including the Etios series and Corolla Altis. Furthermore, to help struggling dealerships amidst the ongoing lockdown, the company has also introduced a ‘COVID-19 package’.