The facelifted 2021 Toyota Fortuner is upon us, and so Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is inviting you to its public virtual unveiling on October 17. This is this Saturday, so the wait isn’t that long anymore.
As a recap, the Toyota Fortuner has been refreshed for the 2021 model year. Sitting alongside the mechanically-related Hilux, the Fortuner is one of TMP’s most popular vehicles. With this in mind, the Japanese automaker has no plans on letting the competition eat into its market share by giving it a comprehensive update.
In Thailand, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner is available in two distinct styles. Most models will come with the standard look, which is the blue vehicle in the photos. At least in Thailand, the top-trim Fortuner is called the Legender, which looks significantly different from the pre-facelift model.
The interior of the Fortuner gets more premium materials for a more luxurious experience. Also, Toyota has finally added telescoping adjustment for the steering wheel and not just tilt. For the Thailand market, the standard Fortuner gets an 8-inch Toyota T-Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, while the top-trim Legender gets a bigger 9-inch unit with Apple CarPlay, ambient lighting on the doors, center console, and footwells, wireless charging, and a 9-speaker JBL sound system. Also exclusive to the Thai-market Legender is a hands-free power liftgate and two-tone leather interior.
As for the engine, most variants will be powered by the same 2.4-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine as before, which means it produces 150 hp and 343 Nm for the 6-speed manual and 400 Nm for the 6-speed automatic, with both configurations driving the rear wheels. The 2.8-liter diesel engine gets a power bump for this year–now producing 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. This engine is exclusive to the Thai-market Legender and is equipped as standard with a 6-speed automatic and 4WD.
Toyota Safety Sense–which is the brand’s suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist features, is now available for the Thai-market Fortuner. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, just to name a few.
Stay tuned to Go Flat Out PH to find out more about this highly-anticipated 7-seater body-on-frame PPV from Toyota.