The highly anticipated third-generation 2024 Toyota Fortuner has caused quite a stir in the Indian automotive world. The model has been the subject of talks for quite some time, and most recently, leaked images of the forthcoming Fortuner ahead of its official debut have generated excitement among enthusiasts. Drawing inspiration from the latest Tacoma pickup truck, the new Fortuner is expected to feature a striking design language and introduce a notable addition – a mild-hybrid diesel engine.
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The leaked image reveals a completely refreshed front profile that reflects the influence of the recently unveiled Tacoma pickup truck. The Tacoma, for those unaware, is the brand’s highly popular pickup truck sold in international markets. The leaked image of the new Fortuner showcases a larger grille, giving it a bold and commanding presence on the road, similar to the outgoing model. Additionally, a set of new headlights and a revised bumper will contribute to the overall aggressive stance. While the rear changes are not visible in the leaked image, it is speculated that the Fortuner might receive new tail lights, further enhancing its visual appeal.
Enthusiasts can expect a complete interior overhaul in the upcoming Toyota Fortuner. The redesigned dashboard is likely to feature a host of new features catering to the demands of modern drivers. Toyota is also anticipated to take into account the preferences of the Indian market by offering a sunroof, adding a touch of luxury to the SUV. The new Fortuner aims to provide a more immersive and comfortable driving experience for its occupants. Most likely, the forthcoming new Fortuner will include a sunroof this time around.
Another significant addition to the 2024 Toyota Fortuner could be the introduction of a mild-hybrid system. Toyota aims to enhance the SUV’s fuel efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint with this eco-friendly powertrain. The existing 2.8-liter GD series four-cylinder diesel engine is expected to be equipped with the mild-hybrid system. This innovative technology could integrate a 48V battery and a small electric motor generator, working in harmony with the engine to optimize performance and efficiency. The mild-hybrid setup could be similar to the one we have seen in the highly popular Toyota MPV, the Innova Hycross.
While an official launch date is yet to be confirmed, given the popularity of the Fortuner in the Indian market, it is expected to make its way to Indian showrooms sometime next year. With its updated design, enhanced features, and the inclusion of a mild-hybrid system, the 2024 Toyota Fortuner Hybrid will most likely retain the top spot in the Indian full-size SUV lineup. Currently, the Fortuner is the highest-selling full-size SUV in the country and it dwarfs almost every other SUV in its segment. The Fortuner in India is rivalled only by the MG Gloster at the moment. It was once rivalled by the Ford Endeavour and Mahindra Alturas G4, but both of those SUVs have now been discontinued.