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Toyota Fortuner Facelift Spied In India For The First Time

Modified On Jul 28, 2020 09:24 AM By Sonny for Toyota Fortuner 2021

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It looks like the standard version of the facelifted Fortuner unveiled in Thailand

  • Toyota Fortuner got a facelift update earlier this year that debuted in Thailand.

  • It received minor cosmetic tweaks in the standard variant and a redesigned front fascia for a new range-topping Legender variant.

  • The model spied in India was the standard version of the facelifted Thai-spec Fortuner.

  • It will likely get the same petrol engine while the diesel engine may be offered in its updated avatar with more performance and reduced NVH levels.

  • Toyota is expected to launch the updated Fortuner in India by early-2021.

The Toyota Fortuner received a facelift update earlier this year that debuted in Thailand. It has now been spied testing in India for the first time ahead of its expected launch in early-2021.

The facelifted Toyota SUV gets subtle cosmetic updates in its standard avatar, same as the one that has been spied. It has updated LED headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights and a new layout for the LED tail lamps. Thailand also gets a special Legender Fortuner variant with a sportier and more premium front end design. It is also on the cards for an India launch. 

In its Thai-spec, the updated Fortuner has a 5mm longer wheelbase while other proportions have remained the same. The cabin features a dark interior, unlike the brighter dual-tone interior currently offered in India. Its dashboard layout is unchanged but it does get a larger touchscreen infotainment system with up to 9.0-inch screen size and a refreshed instrument cluster. The new Legender variant features a 360-degree parking camera, wireless charging pad, and a powered tailgate with the sweep-to-open feature.

The model spied was kitted with emissions testing equipment. Toyota is expected to offer the facelifted Fortuner with the same BS6 petrol and diesel engines in India as the current model. That includes a 2.7-litre petrol unit mated to a 5-speed manual with the option of a 6-speed automatic transmission as well but only with 2WD. The 2.8-litre diesel unit which is also offered in the Thai-spec Fortuner has been updated for lower NVH levels and increased its output from 177PS and 420Nm to 204PS and 500Nm. In India, this diesel engine is offered with the choice of a 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission while also being available in a 4WD version.

The current Toyota Fortuner is priced between Rs 28.66 lakh and Rs 34.43 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The facelifted model will likely attract a premium and continue to rival the likes of the Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4. It will also take on upcoming models such as the Skoda Kodiaq petrol and MG Gloster.

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