Local Toyota fans got a treat in the closing months of 2020 when the refreshed Fortuner made its Philippine debut. The midsize SUV brought a host of improvements over the outgoing version such as a sharper aesthetic, additional tech features, and improved safety, along with an all-diesel range.
The refreshed Toyota Fortuner looks sharper than its predecessor
Australia is another market where the Fortuner thrives. For 2022, the model is set to receive minor upgrades that mirror those currently planned for its Hilux pickup stablemate. Beginning August 2021, Fortuner units will come with a sharkfin roof antenna, a feature that’s already standard on Philippine-spec models.
But that’s not all. While Fortuners sold in the Philippines make do with a single-zone air-conditioning, Aussie units will be outfitted with dual-zone automatic climate control from the midrange GXL to the top-spec Crusade trim.
Toyota Australia will equip the Fortuner with more tech for 2022
Meanwhile, Fortuner Q and LTD trim levels in the Philippines already come with a Panoramic View Monitor, a feature that is set to be offered on the flagship variant in Australia. A sophisticated vehicle tracking system and SOS functionality will be making their way to the Fortuner for customers Down Under.
Fortuner units sold in both countries come with Toyota Safety Sense driver-assist technologies, incorporating features such as a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control. For Australia, these will soon be joined by rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot warning, both of which are already offered on newer rivals. The upcoming Isuzu mu-X SUV will be carrying both features across the range, while Toyota Australia is reserving them for the range-topping trim.
Australian Fortuner units will get a 360-degree camera system that's already offered on the Philippine release
No changes have been announced as far as powertrains are concerned. Philippine versions of the Fortuner are divided into six variants with two engine and transmission options. Australian releases are at a more modest three variants, powered by a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine rated at 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and part-time 4x4 drivetrain with rear differential lock throughout the range.
Toyota Australia says that the extra features on the 2022 Fortuner are still subject to change before units arrive in showrooms by the third quarter. Pricing has yet to be announced, although customers can reportedly expect only a slight increase despite the added tech.
Expect more news on model updates at Philkotse.com.
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<p>The Toyota Fortuner is one of the best-selling midsize SUVs in the Philippines. This midsize SUV has been driven on the country’s highways since the early 2000s. It became a household name because of its rugged platform, strong brand support, and tested durability. The second-generation Toyota Fortuner has topped the sales chart consistently, not only in the midsize SUV segment but also for the entire automotive industry in the country. And in 2020, Toyota Motor Philippines launched the new Fortuner facelifted which showcases a more aggressive SUV appeal. It still shares the same Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform as the Hilux and Innova. The new model is offering a wide array of variants to market to various car consumers. These variants include the base G, V, Q, and top-of-the-line LTD variant which comes with a more distinct styling. The sky's the limit for Toyota's entry to the local midsize SUV segment as it remains to be a top choice among Filipino car buyers when considering a reliable, rugged, and family 7-seater vehicle. As for pricing, the G variant with a 4x2 drivetrain and manual transmission starts at Php 1,633,000 and goes up to the new LTD variant with a 4x4 drivetrain and automatic transmission (excluding the White Pearl body paint option).</p>
Joseph Paolo Estabillo