Earlier this year, spy shots of the facelifted Toyota Fortuner spread all over the internet. However, the front and rear of the popular SUV were totally covered, leaving many to guess what it might look like.
Now it's been spotted yet again but this time around Toyota's very popular pick-up passenger vehicle (PPV) has been completely unmasked.
It may be a bit of a blur right now but this is the clearest view of the updated Fortuner to date. Spotted in Thailand, the tweaks to the exterior are more significant than we first thought.
For instance, the front end appears to be completely revamped. The headlights are new, so is the grille, bumper, and fog light housings. Even the hood has a new design with more defined creases on the surface. Toyota had omitted some of the chrome strips that connect the grill to the center air intake as well. Also, the front apron seems to have been re-profiled.
There are changes to the rear as well. The difference that pops out the most is the bumper corners. Toyota made it more angular and more defined by adding what appears to be faux air outlets. It isn't yet clear if the taillights have been given a mild tweak, but given how it was covered in the first batch of photos, it is more than likely it has. Also, the wheels are different from those found in the current model.
As for the rest of the SUV, the flanks seem largely unchanged from the 2016 edition. There are no interior photos just yet but we expect a few updates and upgrades here and there along with more standard equipment. Engines, on the other hand, are likely to be carried over: the 2.8-liter and 2.4-liter turbodiesels. What we're unsure of is whether Toyota will continue offering the 2.7-liter Dual VVT-i gas engine.
Given the current situation, the facelifted Toyota Fortuner might be revealed sometime during the third quarter of this year, or perhaps even tail end of 2020.
If that's the case, we can probably expect the new look Fortuner in our market in the first half of 2021.