Camouflaged Toyota Fortuner spotted in Thailand, could be GR Sport prototype

We've already seen several examples of GR Sport models from Toyota. From the Corolla, Hilux, Land Cruiser, and even the Vios, it seems the automaker wants to make a GR Sport version of every nameplate. And if it boosts sales, why not right?

But now it seems we might also see a Fortuner wearing GR Sport goodies in the not-so-distant future. That's because a camouflaged Fortuner was recently spotted in Thailand and it looks like it's the upcoming GR-S version.

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While it's hard to spot what Toyota actually changed for the supposed GR Sport Fortuner, it looks like the SUV will have a slightly altered front end. Despite the camouflage hiding some of the details, the GR Sport prototype appears to have a larger lower air intake.

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But what is perhaps the most telltale sign that this could be a Fortuner GR Sport prototype are the red-painted brake calipers. Those with keen eyes might have noticed that hidden behind the camouflaged wheels are the brightly painted calipers. Typically only GR Sport models come with the signature red hue on the calipers; it's just for extra show and will probably not have better brake performance than stock.

As for the rest of the body, we won't be surprised to see this particular Fortuner come with a distinct bodykit, with black and red accents throughout. We also expect a new tailgate spoiler, and maybe GR Sport alloy wheels. The cabin, meanwhile, could get unique leather upholstery, sporty red accents, as well as GR Sport badging and decals.

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Since GR Sport models are usually cosmetic upgrades over the standard models, the 2.8- and 2.4-liter turbo-diesel engines will likely be carried over in the Fortuner GR Sport.

If Toyota is indeed busy testing a kitted version of the SUV, we might not have to wait long for its official reveal. Our best guess is that it might be revealed later this year, or during Q1 of 2022.

Would you like your Fortuner with GR Sport goodies? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Instagram - KAB