Recent spy shots out of Thailand seemingly confirm the existence of the Fortuner GR-S. While the presence of camouflage wrapping on the car makes it difficult to appreciate the model in its entirety, the eagle-eyed can tell that this is indeed a Fortuner GR-S.
Our first and most telling clue is the presence of red brake calipers. Die-hard Toyota fans would know that only GR-S models typically come with red-painted calipers out of the factory. This particular prototype also looks like it has a modified front fascia to further differentiate it from the regular variants of the Fortuner.
Although not visible in the prototype, the new Toyota Fortuner GR-S will likely include a sporty body kit, complete with a rear spoiler and red and black accents throughout. The interior could be different from the regular Fortuner as well. The signature red and black leather upholstery of GR-S models can be expected from the soon to be released sportier Fortuner. It also goes without saying that Toyota would sprinkle GR Sport badges and graphics across the vehicle.
For reference, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner is available in two engine options, the 2.4-liter, and 2.8-liter, which are spread across multiple variants. The 2.4-liter turbo-diesel engine outputs 148 hp with 400 Nm of torque and is available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.8-liter turbo-diesel powerplant meanwhile produces 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque and is only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission in the Philippines.
Should the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport launch in the Philippines, we expect it to keep the same specs of the 2021 year model, with only cosmetic changes for the new model. But who knows, the Japanese automaker may include a few handling upgrades as well for the sportier model.