Toyota may launch a face-lifted version of their popular Fortuner SUV during the first quarter of 2012. Recently, internationally, Toyota released photos of the face-lifted offroader. Let’s take a close look at the features that will define the new Fortuner.
Refreshed front: The upcoming Toyota Fortuner will have a redesigned front with thick horizontal chrome slats on the grille akin to that on the formidable Land Cruiser. The bonnet will get a large air scoop at the centre which will allow the healthy 3,000cc engine breathe in the worst of conditions.
The new bumper of the face-lifted model will have new fog lamp moulds for an enhanced visual appeal. The headlamp cluster will be refurbished and will also get a pair of headlamp washers.
Sporty tweaks: The 2012 Fortuner will have 17 inch alloy wheels, but with a new 12-spoke pattern. The outside rear view mirrors will sport LED turn indicators. The high mount stop lamp will get LED lights while the roof rails will be similar to the present models.
Revamped rear: The boot mounted chrome strip will have the word ‘Fortuner’ embossed on it. The wedge-shaped tail lamps will have the warning lamps on top of the turn indicator & reverse fog lamps. Overall, the upcoming Fortuner’s rear appears more muscular and chiseled.
Driver controls: On the inside a grey-black finish replaces the faux wood inserts of the present model. The alignment of audio controls and MID controls on the steering wheel will be tweaked. The face-lifted Fortuner will also be equipped with a cruise control stalk. The instrument cluster will get a blue backlight but the three-dial optitron meter design layout will remain the same.
Other changes: The power window switches mounted on the driver-side door handle will wear grey-black inserts while the gear lever will be placed behind the central differential selector lever. The upcoming Fortuner comes with an USB port and an Aux-in for your MP3 players and gizmos.
Central console: The central console will sport a navigation system that will also help the driver while reverse parking and making phone calls via Bluetooth.
Toyota Fortuner is the best selling premium SUV in India and the face-lifted model will most likely help boost its sales further. However, since the model is already a best seller, Toyota can afford to take its own sweet time to launch the face-lifted version in India.