Fresh (frustratingly low-resolution) photographs showing the facelifted Toyota Fortuner have emerged online, effectively confirming the Hilux-based SUV will adopt a new RAV4-inspired face.
First posted on Facebook by Sun Patcharapol of Thailand, the blurry images show the refreshed Fortuner from two angles. Expect an official reveal in the coming weeks.
While the profile view gives us a look at the updated model’s new alloys and black contrast roof (similar to that applied to the recently revealed Epic Black variants), it’s the other photograph that is perhaps most interesting.
It suggests the refreshed Fortuner has gained a new, more angular front bumper and grille design that mimics that of the RAV4 (lining up with earlier reports). The vehicle pictured appears to feature black rather than chrome trim for its slim grille, while the headlamps seem to have gained a new lighting signature.
Of course, we’ve yet to have a look at the seven-seater SUV’s revised rear end nor its updated cabin. Based on earlier reports, the interior is likely to benefit from an updated touchscreen infotainment system, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
And under the bonnet? Well, while the engine range is expected to continue largely unaltered (bar perhaps a little more oomph from the 2,8-litre turbodiesel shared with the Hilux), it’s worth noting Toyota South Africa Motors recently confirmed the discontinuation of the 4,0-litre V6 petrol variant as well as all manual models.
The current-generation Fortuner was revealed in 2015 before hitting the market in South Africa at the end of the first quarter of 2016. The strong-selling local range is built at Toyota’s Prospecton plant in KwaZulu-Natal, with other engine options including a naturally aspirated 2,7-litre petrol mill and a 2,4-litre turbodiesel.
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