The exterior and interior of the 2016 Toyota Fortuner has been fully leaked ahead of its 17 July world debut in Thailand, courtesy of Twitter user digitalnext. The overall design and styling has significantly improved, but it still remains as Asian as is.
Although based on the eighth generation HiLux, the SUV features its own distinctive front-end. The sweeping headlamps apparently feature a combination of LED and projector lights. The grille combination is similar to the older Lexus crossovers/SUVs. Other changes on the front include redesigned bumper, fog lamp housing and hood.
The side profile makes the SUV looks a very high-riding vehicle, just like it should. The windows panels and rear quarter glass look sleeker and subtle, with a floating roof design. The large wheel arches feature black cladding and make the SUV look meaner.
The new tail lamps extend even more outwards to the quarter panel and as well as inwards to the tailgate. Other changes at the rear are, a redesigned tailgate which features a full-width chrome strip, redesigned bumper and new tailgate mounted spoiler.
The interior image reveals a plush new seven-seat cabin. Note the middle-seat of the second row getting a better headrest. The dashboard is completely redesigned with the new four-spoke steering wheel is carried over from the 2015 Toyota Hilux. The instrument cluster, HVAC vents, centre console infotainment system, gear lever and gearbox appear to be very much car-like now and does look more upmarket, unlike that of the current model which has a very utilitarian feel.
Reports say that one petrol and four diesel engine options will be offered on the all-new Fortuner. The diesel engines should be the new 2.4- and 2.8-litre GD series motors, and both may come in two different power outputs. The 2.7-litre petrol engine should likely be carried over from the current model, albeit with some refinements.
The Toyota Fortuner will be sold for the first time in Australia beginning with the second generation model, and is reported to arrive in 2016. Credible publications have also reported that New Zealand will also get Fortuner for the first time, beginning with the second generation. It should be priced in both these markets just below the Toyota Prado.
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