Toyota’s research and development set up at Australia is in the midst of developing the next-generation Hilux pick up truck based on the latest iteration of the IMV platform. The platform will also host the likes of the Toyota Innova and Fortuner. The next-generation 2015 Fortuner is expected to be launched in India during 2016 and development of this luxury SUV is already underway in Australia. The Fortuner SUV’s underpinnings are shared with that of the Hilux pick up truck. Therefore, the SUV is expected to not only share parts, but also derive design inspiration from the next-generation Hilux. CarToq has out together a render on how the 2015 Fortuner could look like.
A large front grille with a profusion of chrome and multiple slats, and wraparound headlamps inspired by the 2014 Corolla Altis are expected to be the major design highlights on the front of the 2015 Fortuner. The window line is expected to see a new design too. The SUV will retain the ladder frame construction, choosing not to hop over to the monocoque bandwagon like some of its rivals have. Notably, the next-generation 2015 Fortuner is expected to continue with existing mechanicals, perhaps with tweaks to boost performance and fuel efficiency.
In the Indian context, the 2.5 liter and 3 liter D-4D, four cylinder turbo diesel engines are expected to be standard on the new Fortuner. Both manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered, along with rear wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts. On the inside, expect to see feature additions to bring the Fortuner up to date with rival offerings such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, which is one loaded SUV. A seven seat layout will be retained on the 2015 Fortuner, which is also likely to see improved interior quality, a weakness on the current-generation Fortuner. The new SUV will continue to be a ASEAN market specific model as Toyota has other SUVs to cater to the western hemisphere.