Toyota Motor Philippines has just confirmed on its official Facebook page that the 2022 Toyota Fortuner GR Sport is arriving this October 23.
First making its preview at the second leg of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup, the Fortuner GR Sport that will arrive in the Philippines is the same version that debuted in Thailand.
This means it will be based on the LTD with bespoke, albeit similar-looking front and rear bumpers. The LTD’s gloss black exterior trims have also been ditched in favor of body-colored ones. Of course, the obligatory GR badges are also there, which are located in the grille and the tailgate. From last weekend’s preview, we can also confirm a few changes for the Fortuner GR Sport. The Philippine-spec model rides on 18-inch wheels instead of 20s.
As for the interior, we expect the same upgrades found in the Thai-spec model. This means there should be an all-black motif with numerous red stitching details. The steering wheel also gets a red center line in the middle just like what you would find in high-performance vehicles. Gone are the faux matt wood trims as well, in its place instead are faux carbon fiber interior trims. Lastly, those at the front are treated to GR sport seats just like in the Hilux GR Sport and Vios GR Sport.
Since this is based on the LTD variant, the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport is powered by a 2.8-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque, with power being sent through a 4WD system via a 6-speed automatic.
In Thailand, the 2022 Toyota Fortuner GR Sport gets upgraded suspension in the form of monotube shock absorbers. These shocks are designed to keep the Fortuner flat through corners and also improve its handling when going off-road. The front ventilated discs have also been upgraded, along with the addition of GR red brake calipers. Whether these upgrades will be offered in the Philippine market are still unknown at this point.
Rumors have suggested that the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport will beach the P2.5 million mark, making it the most expensive pickup-based passenger vehicle (PPV) on sale in the Philippines. Also on the rumor mill are its color choices, or lack thereof. If you want the GR Sport, your only choice will unfortunately be White Pearl.