A fresh report out of India suggests the upcoming facelift of the Toyota Fortuner will see the bakkie-based SUV adopt a RAV4-inspired front end.
According to Autocar India, which published a couple of low-resolution spy photographs along with its report, a camouflaged version of the refreshed Fortuner was recently spotted in Thailand, with a full reveal likely to take place later in 2020.
Based on the aforementioned images, the publication speculates the facelifted Fortuner will feature a fresh front end borrowing styling cues from the latest RAV4, including a more aggressive bumper and grille design (plus new headlamp inserts).
Autocar India furthermore claims the mid-cycle update will include “small changes” to the black plastic cladding affixed to the Fortuner’s flanks and the adoption of new alloy wheel designs. Minor changes to the rear end and cabin are also likely.
The current-generation Fortuner was revealed in 2015 before arriving in South Africa at the end of the first quarter of 2016. The strong-selling local range (built at Toyota’s Prospecton plant in KwaZulu-Natal) currently comprises nine variants, with engine options including a naturally aspirated 2,7-litre petrol mill, a 2,4-litre turbodiesel, a 2,8-litre turbodiesel and a free-breathing 4,0-litre V6 petrol unit.
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