Toyota Thailand recently introduced the facelift version of the second-generation Fortuner. This is the first update of the second-generation Fortuner since its official launch in 2015 in the global markets. Here is a video that explains the changes in the facelifted version of the Fortuner, which will be launched in the Indian market next year.
According to the video, the Toyota Fortuner gets a number of changes on the exterior and interior that makes it look very different from the pre-facelift version. The facelift changes have been made to enhance its ‘prestige’ and ‘cool’ identity of the car. The Fortuner is targetted at the young and middle-aged customers in Thailand and it has a similar kind of customer base for the Indian market too.
The Fortuner now gets a sportier version in the Thailand market, which is called as ‘Legender’. While the regular Fortuner offers a different grille design pattern, the Legender offers split grille. The grille of the Fortuner is much larger than before and the silver inserts accentuate the overall look of the vehicle. The SUV also gets Bi-Beam LED headlamps enclosed in an all-new shape. There are also all-new LED DRLs that give a new identity to the Fortuner. The tail lamps get dual-LED lamps that look majestic.
Toyota has also added new-age 18-inch alloy wheels to the Fortuner. The Legender gets different headlamps with different pattern DRLs. The sportier Legender also gets blacked-out roof and a few designs change overall to make it look distinct.
On the inside, the instrument cluster has been updated too. Toyota has added the new Optitron meter that ensures excellent visibility and a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Both the front seats are 8-way electrically adjustable and there are two different shade interior depending on the variant. The cabin also gets a new ambient lighting system and a 9-speaker speaker system from JBL.
In the Thailand market, the 2.8-litre engine has been improved to produce a maximum power of 204 PS and 500 Nm. Toyota Thailand also claims that fuel efficiency has also improved. The idling speed of the engine is now lower. Also, the tyre angle can be viewed on the driver instrument cluster. There are also front parking sensors that act as object avoidance system too. The Fortuner also gets Variable Flow Control that changes the steering weight according to the speed of the car and improves handling.
In India, Toyota may omit a few features to save cost and launch a more affordable version of the car. Toyota recently updated the Fortuner to meet the BS6 norms with a price increase of Rs 48,000 acres the variants. With the new Fortuner, the prices are likely to be raised by around Rs 50,000.