The all-new, next generation Toyota Fortuner SUV is likely to be unveiled sometime next year. The SUV will continue to feature a ladder frame chassis borrowed from the Hilux, a pick up truck with which the Fortuner will continue sharing its platform.
The 2015 Fortuner will continue to be based on the IMV platform, which will get suitable tweaks to confirm to Toyota’s New Generation Architecture (TNGA) in terms of parts sharing. A render of the 2015 Toyota Hilux pick up truck that has appeared on the motoring web showcases the design direction of the all-new Fortuner.
The new SUV is likely to feature more chrome than before on the front, with a prominent grille to add to the butch-ness factor. Wraparound headlamps with cues borrowed from the Corolla’s front end design are other design bits expected on the 2015 Fortuner.
All in all, the SUV is likely to embrace Toyota’s new design philosophy, which has youthful lines as its cornerstone. Engines wise, the 2.5 liter and 3 liter D-4D four cylinder turbo diesel engines could be retained. A slight pep up in power and torque may be expected considering the fact that the competition offers more powerful engines.
The 2015 Fortuner will continue to be offered with rear wheel drive and four wheel drive systems. As is the case currently, both manual and automatic transmissions will be on offer in the 2015, all-new Fortuner. Expect the 2015 Fortuner to be launched in South East Asian markets first, with an Indian launch to follow.
The current Fortuner has constantly been criticized for offering hard wearing yet insipid interiors that don’t befit its price tag. Toyota could make amends on these fronts to make the SUV more appealing to luxury SUV buyers whose other options include the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Chevrolet Captiva. The 2015 Fortuner will retain its 7 seat layout.