Toyota Fortuner Facelift: First pictures out & launch date revealed

The Toyota Fortuner is unarguably one of the most popular SUV in its segment. It has been around for over 10 years in India, and the car has a cult following. It is popular among buyers because of its butch look, off-road capabilities and of course, bomb proof reliability. Toyota has been working on a facelift for the current generation Fortuner and has been spotted testing couple of times. Reports are now suggesting that Toyota is all set to launch the Fortuner facelift in the market. Toyota is expected to launch the facelifted Fortuner SUV in Thailand on 4 June 2020.

The facelifted version of Fortuner will see a couple of changes and the same has been seen in many of the spy shots that we have seen in the past. The cosmetic changes give upcoming Fortuner a more aggressive look than the current version. The headlamp units have been revised and look more sharper than before. The front grille will also see some changes. The bumper, air dam and the fog lamp area has also been updated in the upcoming facelift.

On the side profile, Fortuner facelift will have a similar design as the current version. Only noticeable change is likely to be a new set of sporty looking alloy wheels. At the rear, the SUV will get a revised bumper with ‘L’ shaped garnish around reflector area and the tail lights are also expected to see minor changes.

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Interiors in the upcoming facelift are likely to get the same layout with minor changes like an updated touchscreen infotainment screen or may be a new colour tone for the cabin. The facelifted SUV will be coming to Indian shores by the end of this year or early next year. Toyota had recently updated the current generation Fortuner in India with a BS6 engine and the upcoming facelift is likely to get the same set of engines.

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The Toyota is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Only the diesel variants get 4×4 option. The petrol version is powered by a 2.7 litre unit that generates 164 Ps and 245 Nm of torque. The 2.8 litre diesel unit generates 174 Ps and 420 Nm of peak torque. Both petrol and diesel engine options will be getting manual and automatic gearbox options. The vehicle is quite capable of the road, thanks to Toyota’s ATRAC off road focused 4X4 system.

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