There is a high probability that Next gen 2024 Fortuner will be based on Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that was recently teased by the company
North American market has been one of the hottest markets for Toyota to launch its pickup truck range and large burly 4X4s. Most prominent of them are 4Runner, Tundra, Sequoia, Tacoma and the likes. Tacoma is also sold as Hilux in many countries, including India.
Now, Toyota has teased the new-gen Tacoma pickup truck. Not a lot can be deduced from the teaser except for its silhouette and rear design. That said, design patents filed earlier have revealed full details of how this upcoming pickup truck might look. For markets like India, this upcoming Tacoma is highly likely to be launched as new gen Hilux as well as the new gen Fortuner.
2024 Toyota Fortuner Launch Expected Next Year
For starters, this would be 3rd generation of Fortuner globally including India. Personally, I was not too keen on the “Keen Look” design language used on outgoing Fortuner. Sure, it was designed to look taller than it was, but the 1st generation model radiated an understated, yet immense appeal with its boxy silhouette.
Even the pre-facelift Hilux (not launched in India), which was supposed to be similar to outgoing Fortuner had a much better front fascia which was easy on the eyes. Legender and GR-Sport variants have been successful in lending a sporty appeal, but looks were never Fortuner’s forte. That will be changed with 2024 Fortuner.
For starters, it has a much more beefy and substantial appearance. Accentuating that further is a tall bonnet with muscular creases, chunkier headlights with Lexus LC500-like plastic elements below it. There is a much larger open-mouth grille that radiates a lot of aggression. Side shows beefy squarish wheel arches with a strong shoulder line.
Because this is a pickup truck, Fortuner will have a different rear, while next gen Hilux might borrow design cues from this Tacoma. While at it, we hope Toyota doesn’t introduce any kinks in the shoulder line to establish a convoluted design language.
Specs & Rivals
2024 Toyota Fortuner and Hilux for eastern markets like India will be underpinned by a variation of TNGA-F platform. This underpins upcoming Tacoma for the west, Land Cruiser LC300, Lexus LX, Tundra and more. This chassis will make Fortuner much more sorted in both off-road and on-road scenarios.
For the west, a 2.4L petrol hybrid powertrain is highly likely on the cards. This very powertrain might also make it to eastern markets like India. But given diesel popularity here, Toyota India is likely to retain its tried and tested 2.8L turbo diesel with 201 bhp of power and 500 Nm of torque. A strong hybrid variant of this 2.8L diesel is highly likely as well.
It will rival MG Gloster and Isuzu MU-X in India. When next gen Fortuner launches in India, I wouldn’t be surprised if pricing for top-spec GR-Sport trim with diesel hybrid powertrain costs close to 75 lakh on-road in Karnataka. For reference, current Fortuner GR-Sport costs Rs. 63 lakh on-road, Karnataka.