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2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift revealed in Thailand, coming to India

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Toyota has unveiled the 2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift in the Thailand market with redesigned exteriors, upgraded interiors and a more powerful engine. The new Toyota Fortuner is expected to come to the Indian market in 2021. The brand has also introduced a sportier variant of the Fortuner in the Thailand market called the Fortuner Legender for sale in the Thai-market. 

On the exteriors, the new Toyota Fortuner facelift features a reworked front end with new LED headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, chrome embellishments flanking the new black mesh grille, silver-finished skid plate on the front bumper, rounded fog lights on the faux air intakes that flank the bumper, raised bonnet ridges, flared wheel arches, newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles, chrome window beltline, new design sleek LED tail lamps on the rear and integrated roof spoiler. 

On the inside, the new Fortuner facelift not much has changed in terms of design and layout but the SUV gets addition on the equipment front. The Fortuner facelift features a multilayered dashboard with soft-touch leather on the fascia, silver finish trim, a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, roof-mounted air-con vents for second and third-row passengers, multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, mildly updated Optitron fluorescence instrumentation with 4.2-inch multi-information display, cruise control, auto IRVM, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats etc.

Under the bonnet, the Thai-spec Fortuner receives an upgraded 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with variable geometry turbocharger that produces 150 Hp of power and 400 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed automatic and a Sigma4 4-wheel-drive system. 

The Toyota Fortuner in India is powered by a BS6 emissions-compliant 2.8-litre in-line four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC diesel engine with a variable nozzle turbocharger and intercooler that makes 177 PS of power and 450 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual transmission with iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) or a 6-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shift and a BS6 emissions-compliant 2.7-litre in-line four-cylinder 16-valve dual VVTi DOHC petrol engine that produces 166 PS of power and 245 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional 6-speed automatic unit with sequential shift. 

The brand is likely to continue using the upgraded BS6 engine in the Indian market when the Toyota Fortuner facelift is introduced in 2021. The facelift Fortuner is expected to be priced slightly higher than the current model which is priced between INR 28.66 lakhs for the entry-level 4×2 manual petrol and INR 34.43 lakh for the top-spec 4×4 automatic diesel.