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.
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.
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.
All units will get an upsized touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay support
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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Know more about Toyota Fortuner
The Toyota Fortuner is one of the best selling midsize SUV 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. The Toyota Fortuner shares the same IMV platform with the Innova and Hilux. Aside from the platform, the three models also share the same engine options but with different outputs. The current version of the Japanese SUV is sleeker compared to the model it replaces – making it a popular choice for car buyers. The cabin of the Toyota Fortuner can accommodate seven people. The third-row seat can be folded to the side to provide more cargo space. Ingress is smooth and easy with Smart Entry and Push Start System for LTD, Q, and V grades. The LTD variant features an elegant interior in leather with maroon accents, as well as galaxy black trim and interior illumination which adds to the sophisticated interior look of the vehicle. The Q variant also gets the classy black leather interior complemented by dark wood trim. The new Toyota Fortuner range is headlined by the new LTD variant in 4x4 and 4x2 which comes in an exclusive design, followed by Q and V variants in automatic transmission, and the G variant available in AT and MT.
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, 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.