Toyota Fortuner is one of the most popular SUV in the segment. It has created a space for itself in the segment and it competes with cars like MG Gloster, Isuzu MU-X in the segment. Toyota Fortuner is known for its reliability among buyers. Even today, there are several first generation Fortuner SUVs in the market that are doing running around without any major issues. Here are we have one such video where the owner of a type 1 Toyota Fortuner got the SUV converted to type 2 model along with the interiors.
The video has been uploaded by Autorounders on their YouTube channel. In this video the customer or the owner of this type 1 Fortuner had come all the way from Karnataka to Mumbai to get his Fortuner converted. The White colour SUV had minor dents, scratches and some of the panels were also broken. The interior on this SUV was also in a bad condition. Overall, the Fortuner was mechanically fine but, it had started to look old in terms of looks.
The panels like the front grille, headlamps, bumper, fenders were all removed. The scratches and dents on the Fortuner were first marked by the workers. Then they removed the paint away and the dents were corrected using a dent puller machine. Once that was done, a thin layer of putty was applied on the car to achieve an even finish. The excess putty was later sanded away. The bonnet, front bumper and grille were installed to check the fitment. After putty work, the car was taken to the paint booth and a coat of primer was applied on the whole car.
This was done to give an even tone and also protect the newly mended panels from rust. After the base coat, the car was then spray painted in the paint booth in the same White shade. All the panels including the new bumper, bonnet and fenders were all painted. Premium quality material was used on the car for longer life. The original alloy wheels on the car were retained and so were the tyres. Type style aftermarket headlamps were then installed on the car along with type 2 grille, LED fog lamps and an aftermarket LED tail lamp. The front bumper has also been customised.
Overall, the car did not look like a type 1 Fortuner from any angle. The paint job on this SUV was looking brilliant and it looked like a brand new Fortuner that had rolled out from the production line. The owner also got the interiors customised. The interiors were in a bad shape. He got an ice grey shade custom seat covers, repainted the steering and dashboard and door panels and also installed illuminated scuff plates. Other than these customisations, the owner also got an aftermarket touchscreen infotainment system installed at the front and two individual rear seat entertainment screens as well. The owner of this Fortuner can be seen in the video towards the end and he seems very happy with the result. The type 1 Fortuner was definitely looking like a type 2 Fortuner and was looking premium as well.