Toyota Fortuner Epic and Epic Black variants were recently introduced in South Africa
The Toyota Fortuner has a huge fan following in India and rarely fails to beat the Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4 on the sales chart. However, the SUV is becoming outdated especially in terms of interior equipment. But soon, there will be a refreshed Fortuner model on the Indian market.
The facelifted Toyota Fortuner SUV was spied earlier this year. At the time, it was wearing full camouflage. Now, thanks to Sun Patcharapol, the first undisguised images of Toyota’s upcoming Fortuner facelift have surfaced.
The images are not the best in terms of quality. However, My Crazy Cars has come up with an interesting render based on these spy shots. It is clear that there are significant changes in the front design. While the headlamp pattern is completely different, the grille has become narrower and devoid of chrome. Instead, it gets a gloss black finish with Toyota’s logo in the centre.
The fog lamp housing unit has reduced in size to make way for a larger intercooler air dam and a sharper overall design. At the very bottom, there is a silver skid plate. From the sides, one can notice black alloy wheels, new ORVMs (with LED turn signals) and a blacked-out upper section. Behind, the LED taillamps and bumper reflectors have been revised.
The facelifted Toyota Fortuner’s interiors remain unseen but it is certain that new features would be added. This could include a new touchscreen infotainment system, 360-degree camera, voice support functions, better upholstery and more. Toyota India is expected to launch it sometime by Diwali 2020. Of course, it will come at a higher price tag compared to the current BS6 Toyota Fortuner that starts from around Rs 28 lakh to Rs 34 lakh ex-showroom.
As of now, the Toyota Fortuner BS6 is available in both petrol (RWD) and diesel (RWD or AWD) formats. The 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine makes 174bhp and 450Nm of torque while mated to a 6-speed transmission (torque drops by 30Nm in the 6-speed manual). The 2.7-litre NA petrol four-cylinder is good for 164bhp and 245Nm. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
For the BS6 era, Toyota India has discontinued a range of products such as the Etios series (Etios sedan, Etios Liva hatchback and Etios Cross cross-hatch) and Corolla Altis. While the Etios series could be re-introduced in BS6 avatar, Toyota has promised existing Corolla Altis customers that it would be providing spares and service support for at least 10 years. To support this statement, we already know that old Toyota Qualis continues to be serviced across Toyota dealerships without any shortcomings.
To help dealerships in these desperate times, Toyota India has also introduced a ‘COVID-19 package’. Due to the ongoing lockdown protocol, many dealerships are at the verge of going out of business forever while parents OEMs are working on new ways to minimise their losses. In fact, the Indian automotive industry is witnessing losses in the range of a thousand crores on a daily basis.