Saturday, 16 July 2011

Toyota Fortuner facelift revealed in Thai website



Toyota is showing the new Fortuner on its official website for Thailand. As said by one TKM official, changes are mainly cosmetic. Since the website works using Flash, we can’t run the translator to understand every detail. The features listed out is based on comparing new Fortuner’s images with the vehicle sold in India.

New Toyota Fortuner front-end changes

  • Chrome slabs replace the brushed aluminium radiator grille
  • Fog lamp size has not changed but position and housing is different
  • Scuff plate lowered to under the bumper
  • Bonnet scoop features three vertical pillars instead of the current two
  • Pacman-type headlamp substituted by a Prado-style design
  • Taller and wider headlights feature washers, which is absent in the Indian Fortuner
  • Bumper now C-shaped and hugs the body closer


New Toyota Fortuner rear-end changes

  • Rear bumper is new, features rectangular reflectors and rear scuff plate with rectangular engravings
  • Split tail light is V-shape
  • Chromed brand plate connects the the tail lamps
  • Fortuner brand name removed from under the left tail lamp and engine technology is shown instead


New Toyota Fortuner Interior changes

  • Faux wood inserts features dark grey finish
  • Steering wheel is two-tone and buttons have been repositioned closer to the thumb
  • Blue background lighting for the speedometer

Mr Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motor recently responded exclusively to IndianAutosBlog.com’s query on the Fortuner facelift’s Indian launch date -
As of now there is no need (for Innova and Fortuner facelift) as both the products are doing well. We are in discussion with TMC (Toyota Motor Corporation) for when we can get those cars. TMC launches products in phased manner. If you see today, Innova and Fortuner are doing very well we will introduce them (facelifts) at the right time because changes are not big in terms of features. Changes are only cosmetic.
Mr Singh did not put in a tentative time line for the launch, but one can expect to see it on or before the Auto Expo here in India. Likewise the third offspring of the IMV platform, the Hilux pickup, has also received cosmetic touches to its front end in Thailand.


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