Back up cameras have somewhat become a necessary feature in vehicles. Sure, you can always rely on your mirrors to park just like before, but rear cameras have made life and parking easier.
Such features are staples in a lot of brand new vehicles today, particularly for top-spec models... but not for the Fortuner.
Launched by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) in 2016, the Fortuner did not come with a backup camera at the time. However, in keeping with the times, the automaker updated the 6.5-inch touchscreen head unit to include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay last year. Interestingly, a rear camera was not included in the update.
Fortunately, starting this month, TMP has finally added a backup camera for its popular 7-seater SUV. If you're wondering, no, it's not just for the range-topping 2.8 V variant. Instead, all Fortuner variants will now have a reverse camera as standard.
The addition of a rear backup camera doesn't exactly come free though. The 2020 Fortuner will get a Php 26,000 price increase across all variants starting this February. As a result, the entry-level 2.4 G 2WD M/T now starts at Php 1,633,000 and 2.4 G 2WD A/T at Php 1,723,000. Meanwhile, the 2.4 V 2WD A/T will cost Php 1,947,000 and the range-topping Fortuner priced at Php 2,286,000. Those who want a gasoline-powered Fortuner will find that the 2.7 G 2WD A/T will now be priced at Php 1,723,000.
So if you've been waiting for the Fortuner to have a reverse camera as standard, nows a good time to buy one. You can also wait a few months until the facelifted Fortuner makes its global debut. We've already seen spy photos of the vehicle in Thailand. Furthermore, regional sources hinted that the updated model will be arriving in late 2020.