The 2021 Toyota Fortuner has now finally been launched in the Philippine market. The best-selling SUV in the country features a host of exterior, interior, and technology changes along with a powertrain upgrade for the 2.8-liter variants. Oh, and this is going to be the first time that Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is dropping the 2.7-liter inline-4 gasoline engine option in its popular midsize pickup-based SUV.
Starting with the exterior, Toyota has given the Fortuner two distinct styles. The G, V, and Q variants have the standard look, while the top-trim LTD variant features distinctive exterior styling. Some of those unique exterior elements for the LTD variant include sleeker LED headlights, front and rear sweeping LED turn signals, and two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels. Regardless of which variant is chosen, all get full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, new LED taillights, and new alloy wheel designs (18 inches for the Q, 17-inches for the G and V).
Step inside, and you’ll experience the Fortuner’s improved material and build quality for a more premium ambiance. Also, Toyota has finally added telescoping adjustment for the steering wheel and not just tilt. Finally, the Toyota Fortuner ditches the aftermarket-looking infotainment system (at least on the V, Q, and LTD variants) and swaps it for Toyota’s in-house 8-inch touch screen infotainment system. Selecting the LTD variant adds a 9-speaker JBL sound system, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all variants.
Other interior features include smart entry and push-button start, rear USB ports, and wireless smartphone charging for all but the G variant. Stepping up to the Q variant adds a power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather seats, and LED ambient lighting on the doors, center console, and footwells. Meanwhile, the flagship LTD variant adds a 9-speaker JBL sound system and cooled front seats.
As for the engine, most variants will be powered by the same 2.4-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 147 hp and 400 Nm, with power being sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic. On the other hand, the 2.8-liter diesel engine gets a power bump for this year–now producing 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque. This engine is exclusive to the Q and LTD and is equipped as standard with a 6-speed automatic. As mentioned, the gasoline engine has been dropped for 2021, which is unsurprising since the gasoline Fortuner only accounted for a tiny percentage of sales.
For the first time ever, Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)–which is the brand’s suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist features, is now available for the Fortuner Q and LTD variants. TSS includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. Other standard safety features include a reverse camera, electronic stability control, hill start assist, ABD with EBD, and three airbags. Stepping up to the V variant adds a 360-degree camera, while 7 airbags are only for the LTD variants.
The new 2021 Toyota Fortuner will go on sale this Monday, October 19, at all Toyota dealerships nationwide with the following prices:
- 2.4 G MT: P1,633,000
- 2.4 G AT: P1,723,000
- 2.4 V AT: P1,827,000 (+P15,000 for White Pearl Crystal Shine and Sparkling Black Pearl Crystal Shine)
- 2.8 Q AT: P1,998,000 (+P15,000 for White Pearl Crystal Shine and Sparkling Black Pearl Crystal Shine)
- 2.8 LTD AT: P2,244,000 (+P10,000 for White Pearl Crystal Shine)
- 2.8 LTD 4×4 AT: P2,414,000 (+P10,000 for White Pearl Crystal Shine)