Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Toyota Thailand | posted March 10, 2016 08:38
Toyota outfits the 2016 Fortuner with TRD goodies
The all-new generation Toyota Fortuner will eventually be sporting Toyota Racing Development (TRD) goodies after the company recently revealed the Fortuner TRD Sportivo in Thailand. It bears a slightly altered exterior looks along with uprated chassis components and a new touchscreen head unit.
Starting with its exterior, the Fortuner gets new front and rear bumpers, black chrome grill and TRD badges that can be seen on the side of the rear of the vehicle. It will come in either Pearl White or Black but can be specified with the matte black roof trim which provides a two-tone finish.
Rounding the exterior add-ons for the Fortuner are the chrome exhaust and 20-inch TRD wheels that are wrapped in Dunlop tires. Sitting behind those wheels, on the other hand are uprated front brakes and rear disc brakes; and TRD-tuned shock absorbers/springs.
Aboard, red-black leather upholstery blankets the cabin while delivering audio fidelity is an 11-speaker JBL sound system. There are also faux carbon fiber trim and metal trim pieces that further spruce up the cabin. The red theme also continues on the instrument cluster as the gauges and multi-information display also get the red hue. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment also supports navigation to get moving around easier.
At the heart of the Fortuner Sportivo TRD is the familiar 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV turbo-diesel. It packs 177 PS along with a healthy torque figure of 450 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and depending on the variant, can be had in either 4x2 or 4x4 specification.
Toyota Motors Philippines has not officially confirmed if they will offer the special edition Fortuner here, though they are currently selling the TRD Sportivo version of the Hilux. Our reliable sources have however mentioned the introduction of a special version for the Fortuner in the future.