After months of speculation, Toyota has officially launched the refreshed 2021 Fortuner in Thailand. The new 7-seater SUV now comes in two variations. The first is a standard version with a couple of minor adjustments and the other is a new higher trim-level that comes a set of bumpers and a sleeker design. But wait there is more as the Fortuner like its IMV platform Sibling the Hilux also gets a bump in power and new features added to it as well.
The standard 2021 Fortuner still resembles the pre-facelifted version, however, there are a couple of minor changes done to it. It now comes with a new larger grille and silver bumper strips that help further add to the vehicle’s looks. The new additions don’t stop there for the standard Toyota SUV as it also gets a new set of redesigned head and tail lights as well.
Where the Fortuner gets a major redesign is in its Legender variant. The new variant is meant to slot in above the V variant making the Legender the new top of the line trim-level. For the top-spec variant, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner now gets a different front face, a new smaller front grille, a much larger intake found on the bumper, a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels, and a new set of head and tail lights as well. It also gets a new fog light cover and a bigger fog light housing. It also appears that Toyota has moved the Fortuner's Daytime running lights to the lower portion of its bumper.
On the inside of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner, the layout remains the same. However, Toyota has upgraded the gauge cluster, as well as the climate control system. Also present in the 7-seater SUV is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay capabilities. Other features that have been added to the Fortuner include an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
For the 2021 model year, Toyota has also upgraded the handling characteristics of the Fortuner, especially in the off-road department. The Sigma 4 four-wheel-drive system found in the 7-seater SUV now comes with Active Traction Control (A-Trac) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). A wheel position sensor has also been added to the multi-information display similar to that found on the Hilux. The new Fortuner also gets a new Variable Flow Control (VFC) power steering system that adjusts the stiffness of the steering wheel depending on the speed of the vehicle.
The 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine found in the Hilux, Fortuner, and Innova has gotten a boost in power for the 7-seater SUV’s refresh. This means that it now makes 201hp and 500 Nm of torque, which makes the Fortuner now one of the more powerful SUVs in its class. Even with the bump in power, Toyota states that it was able to make it more refined and quieter thanks to the addition of a new balance shaft. For variants of the Fortuner that come with a 2.4-liter engine power remains the same coming in at 147hp and 400 Nm of torque. Transmission options are the same for the entire lineup of the vehicle for the Thai market. This means that the facelifted Fortuner retains its 6-speed automatic transmission, however, it now comes with the addition of paddle shifters and cruise control to make driving the SUV much easier.
Just like its stablemate the Hilux the refreshed Fortuner also gets access to the Japanese brand’s Toyota Safety Sense. With the new suite of safety features, the SUV now gains a Pre-collision system, Dynamic cruise control, and lane departure alert coupled with other safety features.
Pricing for the Standard Fortuner starts at 1,494,000 THB and goes all the way up to 1,524,000 THB. When translated into Philippine pesos it estimates to about P2,363,000 for the entry-level model and tops out at P2,410,000 the highest variant. The Legender version of the SUV, on the other hand, starts at 1,564,00 THB and goes all the way up to 1,839,000 THB. When converted into Philippine currency you are looking at a starting price of P2,474,000. For the range-topping version of the Legender expect it to be at around the P2,900,000 mark. It is important to note that these prices are for the Thai market and as such does not reflect the actual pricing of the Fortuner once it enters the Philippine market. These are just estimations based on the current foreign exchange rates. There is no official word from Toyota Philippines if it will be bringing in the facelifted Fortuner anytime soon.
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