Toyota has confirmed that it will launch the Fortuner facelift in India on 6 January 2021. The updated Fortuner is already on sale in Thailand and we expect the Japanese to carmaker to launch the same car in India.
The Fortuner facelift gets updated aesthetics along with some new features. In terms of design, it gets a reworked front end with a larger grille flanked by mildly updated bi-projector LED headlamps. It also gets a redesigned front bumper. The side profile of the SUV remains unchanged save for a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, it features mildly updated LED tail lamps.
The cabin layout of the SUV remains unchanged. The most noticeable update is the introduction of a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that replaces the 7-inch unit on the pre-facelift model. It also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Other new features that are expected to make their way to the Fortuner facelift include updated instrument cluster, wireless mobile charging, ambient lighting, a 360-degree camera and a JBL sound system. The features that are expected to remain unchanged are 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, electronic stability control, hill launch assist, auto AC with rear AC vents, powered front seats, cruise control and auto-dimming IRVM.
Under the hood, we don’t expect Toyota to make any changes. So the Fortuner will most likely carry forward the same set of petrol and diesel engines. The diesel engine on offer on the Fortuner is a 2.8-litre unit. While in the pre-facelift model it makes 177PS and 450Nm, in the updated version, it is likely to make 204PS and 500Nm. The petrol engine, on the other hand, is a 2.7-litre unit making 166PS of maximum power and 245Nm of peak torque. Transmission options are also expected to remain unchanged. While the diesel engine is mated to a 6-speed MT, the petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed MT. Both the engines are available with an option of a 6-speed automatic transmission.
This time around, Toyota will also launch a more premium version of the Fortuner called the Fortuner Legender in India. Compared to the standard Fortuner, it gets a sportier design and some additional features. It is expected to be a diesel-only offering.
Prices of the Fortuner facelift are expected to start at a slight premium over the current model, which retails from Rs 28.66 lakh to Rs 34.43 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It will continue to rival the likes of the Mahindra Alturas G4, Ford Endeavour and the MG Gloster.