The much-awaited launch of All-new Toyota Fortuner facelift is planned during Mid of January 2021, indeed dealerships across the country have started accepting unofficial bookings with a minimum deposit of Rs50,000/-
In the previous article, we showed you the first glimpse of the facelifted Toyota Fortuner following its debut in Southeast Asia, earlier the facelifted Toyota Fortuner model was launched in Thailand where it’s selling really good, we are expecting the same model to be launched in India with little fewer features to make more price worthy
Toyota Fortuner Facelift India
Talking about changes from outside, the upcoming Fortuner gets a redesigned front fascia with restyled grille section and sleeker headlamps while the bumper is also brand new with revised housing for the fog lamps, underbody skid plate and wider air intake. The Japanese manufacturer has made cosmetic revisions across the bodywork as well making it a proper facelift with new cuts and creases.
Aside to this you could find newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels, chromed window line, FORTUNER name on a thick strip across the tailgate, side steps, restyled LED tail lamps as well as black finished pillars and wing mirrors. Just as the exterior, the cabin also features a number of updates on the cosmetic front and is expected to feature a larger nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
It will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity along with voice recognition functions. Other key features include a new Optitron meter with a 4.2-inch Multi Info Display, 360-degree camera, automatic climate control, push-button start/stop, wireless charging facility, ambient lighting, and a lot more. Additionally, the towing capacity has also gone up by to 3,100 kg.
2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift
In terms of performance, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner will likely use a more powerful version of the 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV inline four-cylinder diesel engine developing 204 PS and 500 Nm. The 2.7-litre four-cylinder in-line petrol will continue to make 166 PS and 245 Nm. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be offered.
While the overall design remains the same, still there are noticeable cosmetic differences. The biggest one is at the front with its larger grille, revised LED headlamps with LED DRLs and bigger fog lamp housing. Towards the side, changes are minimal, with the most noticeable one being a new set of alloy wheels. At the rear, the new Fortuner gets a revised bumper as well as a new LED pattern for the tail lamps that resemble the Camry sedan.
A new top-spec Legender variant in Thailand sports further changes in the form of a Lexus-like front end, larger air dams, sportier bumpers and 20-inch dual-tone alloy wheels.
Step inside the Fortuner facelift and you’ll notice that the cabin is relatively similar aside from a few subtle updates like darker upholstery compared to the dual-tone camel/burgundy colour upholstery in the pre-facelift Fortuner in India. A closer look reveals that the instrument cluster has received modern touches alongside subtle updates.
The most noticeable change on the inside is that the touchscreen infotainment system has gone up from 7-inches to 8-inches and 9-inches for the Legender variant. It also finally gets Apple CarPlay but misses out on Android Auto.
The facelifted Fortuner Legender receives more feature upgrades like connected technology, a 9-speaker JBL sound system, ambient lighting, 360-degree camera, wireless phone charger and Activated Kick door that allows you to open the boot by waving your leg underneath the car. It retains comforts like climate control, cruise control, powered driver’s seat, drive modes and keyless entry with a push-button start from the pre-facelift model.
The main updates to the Fortuner facelift lie under the hood. While it retains its 2.8-litre diesel engine, it gets a power bump to 204PS of power and 500Nm of torque. That’s 27PS and 50Nm (80Nm for manual) more than the India-spec Fortuner automatic. In Thailand, the other engine option is a 2.4-litre diesel engine compared to the 2.7-litre petrol mill in India. Those engines are only offered with automatic transmissions while the Indian-spec Fortuner gets a choice of both manual and automatic with both petrol and diesel engines. Like before, the facelifted Fortuner gets the option of rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.
Currently, Toyota Fortuner is priced between Rs. 28.66 lakh for the base 2.7 4×2 MT variant and it goes up to Rs. 36.88 lakh for the 2.8 4×4 AT TRD Limited Edition (ex-showroom). We do expect the 2021 Toyota Fortuner to be priced higher as it could range between Rs. 29 lakh and Rs. 37.50 lakh (ex-showroom). Unlike the mid-life update for the Innova Crysta, the changes in the Fortuner facelift are substantial.
Expect the facelifted Toyota Fortuner to reach India by early 2021. Post-launch, it will take on the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4, and the MG Gloster.