Toyota wants you to witness the launch of the 2021 Fortuner this weekend

Updated Oct 14, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The new Fortuner features a redesigned nose and an all-diesel lineup.  

Fans of the Fortuner will have something to look forward to before the week comes to an end, as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) will be pulling the covers off the PH-spec 2021 Fortuner on Saturday, October 17.

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The 2021 Toyota Fortuner makes its Philippine debut on October 17

The highlight of the digital launch will be the expected unveiling of the top-of-the-line LTD variant, adapted from the separate Fortuner Legender range in Thailand. Another development is that the 2021 Toyota Fortuner lineup will now reportedly feature an all-diesel lineup, dropping the gasoline option in exchange for more torque.

In the Thai market, the new Fortuner retains the dimensions of the outgoing model, with only a slight 5mm increase in the wheelbase. It sports a larger grille flanked by restyled projector headlamps and integrated LED daytime running lights. The skid plate has been moved farther up on the revised front air dam, which is cornered by redesigned fog lamp housings. For the Legender, a more aggressive two-tiered grille is bookended by a three-row LED headlamp array perched above slimmer fog lamp housings. 

Legender 1

The Legender will be renamed the LTD variant in our market

Even the rear combination lamps have been altered with a more upswept form for a dynamic look. New 18-inch aluminum wheels are found on all four corners for the standard Toyota Fortuner, while the Legender rides on 20-inch two-tone alloys.

There’s still room for up to seven occupants inside, with the Thai-spec Fortuner sporting a new Optitron meter cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay support. Meanwhile, the Legender boasts an even bigger 9-inch touchscreen display.

Legender HU

All units will get an upsized touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay support

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The standard Fortuner line is now powered by a single 2.4L 2GD-FTV diesel engine featuring Variable Nozzle Turbo technology, generating 148 hp and 400 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed sequential automatic with paddle shifters. The Legender, or LTD variant, also offers the same mill, along with a more powerful 2.8L 1GD-FTV engine that makes 201 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

Toyota Safety Sense will reportedly be offered on the LTD trim, which includes driver-assist technologies such as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and Pre-Collision System. Pricing and other specific details have yet to be announced.

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Toyota Fortuner

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).

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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