Toyota Unveils Fortuner Facelift : Will it come to India ?
Finally, Toyota has lifted up the covers upon the Fortuner facelift in Thailand. From the first impression, we can say that the New Fortuner is much sportier in comparison with the outgoing model. Most of the design updates and cosmetic tweaks are seen on the front fascia and it also gets many additional features as well. Hence we at MyNewCar.in bring to you the updates that Toyota has brought into this facelifted SUV.
The updated version of the Fortuner is now offered with a new front end, reworked LED headlamp units and a redesigned front bumper. In the Thai market, Toyota is offering two different looks for the Base variant and the Legender trim level. The Base Variant gets a similar grille shape but the design is different, the front bumper gets large air vents and it also looks very much sporty. On the other hand the New Legender model is very much similar to the test mules that were spied on. It gets the Lexus-like front end that features a much smaller grille, sleek headlamps, large air dams and the front dumper design is a bit subtle compared to the sportier one seen on the base variant.
At the rear, the tail lights remain unchanged in terms of shape and design but it is now offered with LED treatment. The Fortuner Legender model gets sporty rear bumper and dual-tone new design 20-inch alloy wheels, whereas the base variant is offered with a new 18-inch alloy wheel.
Moving into the cabin, we can see that the changes offered are very subtle. A large touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be seen on the centre console. The base variant gets an 8-inch unit whereas the Legender is offered with a 9-inch unit. Toyota is also offering the 2020 Fortuner with T-Connect for connected car features as well. The Legender variant is offered with a wireless charging pad, ambient lighting, a 360-degree parking camera and an updated instrument cluster. Toyota is also offering a kick-to-open feature for the powered tailgate, steering paddle shifter, auto-dimming rearview mirror, single-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, eight way electrically adjustable seats and one-touch folding second-row seats.
Along with the standard safety features, Toyota has also offered the new Fortuner with Toyota Safety Sense pack of active safety systems. This package offers Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System and Lane Departure Alert
For the Thai market, Toyota is offering the 2020 Fortuner with an updated 2.8-litre diesel engine. This oil burner now gets performance updates and it tends to produce 204 bhp of power and 500Nm of twist that is a bump by 27 bhp and 50 Nm from the previous engine. On the other hand, it also gets a 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine that churns out 150 bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque.
What about the Indian market?
We are expecting Toyota to get the updated 2.8-litre diesel engine to the Indian market which will be sold alongside the 2.7-litre petrol engine. With this, Toyota will continue to offer both the 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. Coming to Toyota’s Safety Sense pack of active safety systems, it can't be said if Toyota plans to offer it here. But if it does, it will surely be a game-changer and there will be a bump in prices too.
The launch of the Fortuner facelift is expected to happen in the first half of 2021 in India. It is also expected that the updates seen on the base variant will be brought into the Indian models. Do let us know your take on the facelifted Toyota Fortuner in the comments section below.
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