We love SUVs. And big burly SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner,, with so much street presence, even more so! The Fortuner, despite its premium positioning, is one of the most popular SUVs to ever grace our soil. When Toyota unveiled the Fortuner facelift for international markets last year, it was pretty much inevitable that we will be getting the updated SUV too. Toyota Kirloskar Motor has recently teased the upcoming Fortuner facelift SUV which is bound to go on sale in the country on January 6th.
Following the trend, the teasers are being posted on Toyota India’s social media handles with the prime motive being building a hype amongst the junta.
Two trims will be on offer
The facelifted Fortuner upon launch is expected to be available in 2 trim levels – one being a standard trim and the other being called the Legender. The Fortuner Legender is the more premium offering of the 2 as was the case with its Thai-spec models. Also, ahead of its January 6 launch date, the Toyota Fortuner Legender was caught while filming a TV Commercial ( TVC ).
Talking about the facelift, Toyota seems to have given it quite some styling upgrades. The nose upfront is redesigned and has a bit smaller mesh grille than before, the bumpers are all-new while it also gets revised fog lamp housing and bi-LED projector headlamps upfront. It gets a set of new alloy wheels and carries a dual-tone colour scheme and blacked out ORVMs. The rear gets a new bumper too but the front seems to be more updated than the rear in context of differences with the older car.
As for the Toyota Fortuner facelift’s interior, not much has changed in terms of design from the pre-facelift model, but one major difference is the inclusion of a larger, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay compatibility. There’s also a mildly updated instrument cluster, 8-way power-adjustable driver and co-driver’s seats and wireless smartphone charging on the Legender version.
Also, part of the equipment list on the Legender are LED ambient lighting, cruise control, paddle shifters, a 9-speaker JBL audio system and a 360-degree camera. However, the biggest highlight is the addition of the latest connected car technology from Toyota- T-Connect which helps you find your car, keep track of it in case of theft, Geo-fencing, SOS and many other features.
Mechanically, it will be powered by an updated 2.8L turbo diesel engine that will now put out 204PS and 500Nm of peak power and torque outputs, up from 177PS and 420N the current Fortuner offers. The 27LPetrol version should retain the same output figures of 166PS and 245Nm. The petrol gets a 5-speed standard MT and the diesel, a 6-speed standard MT while a 6-speed Torque converter is also available. The Fortuner currently retails for INR 28.66 – 34.43 lakhs. The facelift will command a premium over that.