Toyota Fortuner is one of the most popular full-size SUV in the country. It is famous among buyers for various reasons like the butch look, road presence, value for money, reliability, off-road capabilities and so on. We currently have the second-generation Fortuner and it competes with cars like Ford Endeavour, Isuzu MU-X in the segment. According to a report from Autocar India, Toyota is planning to bring in a facelifted version of the Fortuner and it has caught testing under heavy camouflage for the first time.
According to the report, this was the first time that the 2020 Toyota Fortuner has been caught testing and it was spotted in Thailand. From the images it looks like no major changes are expected to be seen. The overall shape and stance of the vehicle remains the same. In terms of changes we can expect to see some minor changes like a restyled bumper, a new design for the headlamps as they are also covered heavily. Fog lamp inserts and the tail lights are also expected to get an update.
Other changes that we can expect in the new 2020 facelift is a new cladding on the side of the car, revised bumper and a set of new alloy wheels. As of now there is no information regarding the interiors, but we expect to see minor updates on that front as well. It might be possible that 2020 facelift might get an even better infotainment system.
Just like other manufacturers in the country Toyota is also working on BS6 engine to meet upcoming emission norms. Toyota has already introduced BS6 engine in their Innova Crysta MPV and will soon be introducing it to the Fortuner SUV. In Crysta, Toyota offers a BS6 compliant 2.7L petrol engine whereas the 2.8L turbo diesel engine has been replaced with a 2.4 turbo unit. This will help Toyota keep the prices of BS6 diesel vehicles in check. Fortuner is also expected to a similar update in terms of engine.
As of now there is no clarity on when the facelift of Fortuner will be launched. It is likely to be launched in the international market especially Thailand first followed by a launch in Indian market later this year. The facelifted Fortuner will continue to sit in the luxury SUV segment, squaring off against the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas and the Isuzu MUX. The best selling nature of this SUV is likely to be maintained.