Long-awaited updates to regain lost market share
Toyota Thailand recently debuted the long-awaited updates of its Hilux and Fortuner models. The update comes at the heels of the recently introduced VGT-equipped Mitsubishi Strada and Montero Sport which have captured quite a significant market share.
The 2012 Hilux features an major facelift from the A pillar forwards, with a new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and front bumper. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by new alloy wheels, and new door mirrors. A subtle update to the tail lights finish off the exterior update.
The 2012 Fortuner is dominated by a new chrome front grille, new projector HID headlamps with headlight washers, a more streamlined front bumper, new hood and larger air intake, and newly designed turn signal side mirrors. Like the Hilux, it also receives a pair of newly designed tail lamps. An improved ride comfort is most likely to be expected from the update as well.
A more modern multi-function control interior welcomes occupants with a new center console design. A Toyota Touch, a 6.1", full color, touch screen multimedia unit possibly with navigation comes standard with 3.0-liter variants. Despite a minor revision, the climate control system remains manual.
The D4-D engines now benefit from variable geometry turbochargers which Toyota calls variable nozzle turbocharging (VN-Turbo), this update results in better power and torque delivery thanks to the more efficient turbo. The 2KD-FTV 2.5 CRDi engine now produces 144 PS at 3400 rpm and maximum torque of 343 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm. The 1KD-FTV 3.0 CRDi engine, and 2TR-FE 2.7 gasoline engine remains the same.
With the Thai market launch, other markets including the Philippines are expected to follow suit with the roll out of the 2012 Hilux and Fortuner later this year to early next year.