Since these were spied way back in January, we've been looking forward to seeing the facelifted Toyota Fortuner and Hilux. During the past six months, the Fortuner has been spotted with no camouflage, while the Hilux had been leaked. But in a matter of days, we might just be seeing it in full detail.
There have been reports swirling around that the two Toyotas will make their premiere by June 4. It's right on schedule too, as our source said back in April that production for both will begin by June. The Hilux and Fortuner will be assembled in Thailand, although the Philippine-bound Fortuners might still be sourced from Indonesia.
Toyota's teaser just shows the silhouettes of the two, but we have a general idea of their designs already. For the Fortuner, the headlights are new, so is the grill, 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.
As for the Hilux, there's a bit of a 4Runner and Tacoma vibe for its front end. It gets a wider grill opening and more chiseled bumper edges. Air intakes have also been made slimmer, likely due to the new grill design as well. Even the shape of the headlights seems to be mildly tweaked with an edgier design, at least according to the leaked photos.
Now, for the engines and there's a juicy rumor about its 2.8-liter turbodiesel mill. According to our friends at Headlightmag.com, it might get a significant power bump. From 177 PS and 450 Nm, the 2021 edition could get as much as 204 PS and, more importantly, a whopping 500 Nm of torque. If that's the case, that puts the Fortuner and Hilux toe to toe with the Ford Everest and Ranger's torque figure.
If the Hilux and Fortuner will be revealed this week, we'll be able to confirm if that power and torque increase rumor will be true. Even though the world is going through a lot right now, there's still a lot to look forward to in the automotive sector. For one, we're excited to see the 2021 Fortuner and Hilux in the metal too.