The Toyota Fortuner has just received significant updates in Thailand. Released in 2022 for the 2023 model year, this new Fortuner has a few new exterior bits as well as some revamped features inside. It even gets a new variant dubbed the Fortuner Leader.
FORTUNER LEADER’S GENERATION: New Fortuner Leader
Of note, the Leader sits below the Thai-spec Toyota Fortuner Legender in Toyota Thailand’s lineup. The latter of course, is the Land of Smile’s equivalent to the Philippine-spec Toyota Fortuner LTD.
That said, let’s check what this new variant offers as it might preview what’s to come for the local version of the Toyota Fortuner in the near future.
On the outside, the silhouette of this macho-looking SUV remains the same. For the Fortuner Leader specifically, changes are then focused on the front portion of the vehicle. Specifically, it gets the styling cues of the Legender (LTD), whilst bearing the simpler headlamps of lower-spec Fortuner trims.
A closer look at the Fortuner Leader's front end
No, it does not come with the Legender’s (LTD) two-tone black top paint scheme, though some of its bits are blacked out. These include the grille trims. It then uses a set of 18-inch alloy wheels which also looks similar to the top-spec model.
Also new to this refreshed Fortuner is the addition of automatic high beams. Of note, these are not present on the current Philippine-spec Fortuner LTD though both do come with automatic on-off control functions.
The 2023 Toyota Fortuner Leader
Inside, the refreshed 2023 Toyota Fortuner pretty much carries over the features and styling details of the last version. You still get leather seating, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a 60:40 split-folding second row, and a 50:50 split-folding third row. In total, it can, of course, seat up to seven.
Inside the Fortuner Leader. Not much changes here
Likewise, the recently launched 2023 Fortuner in Thailand, also gets a push button start, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a 4.2-inch TFT gauge cluster, a tilt and telescopic steering column, a cooled box storage compartment, as well as a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
Tech & Safety
On the tech side of things, the updated Thai-spec Fortuner gets the same eight-inch touchscreen that’s already present on the current model. It still gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Fortuner Leader gets seven airbags
The new Leader variant also comes with additional driver assist safety features. Among these are blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree view camera. That’s not as comprehensive as the one on the Legender (LTD), though one can say that it has more kit than the Fortuner V and G.
Now, this is where Toyota Thailand throws a curveball. That’s because while the new Fortuner Leader variant looks similar to the Legender (LTD), it instead uses the smaller 2.4-liter turbodiesel engine that’s present on the lower-spec Fortuner V and G trims in the Philippines.
In the local market, this powertrain for the Fortuner can produce up to 148 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. It is then paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox, with a paddle shifter manual mode.
In Thailand, the Fortuner Leader starts at 1,371,000 Baht, which is around Php 2,100,000 before taxes and other fees. With that in mind, it slots just below the more expensive Legender (LTD) variants which in turn starts at 1,859,000 Baht or around Php 2,876,000. Think of it as an LTD-lite, or one can even say that it fits the bill of what the Ford Everest Sport is to the Everest variant lineup.
The Toyota Fortuner Leader in Dark Blue Mica
On the flipside, the new Leader trim might even replace some local variants entirely. Then again, Toyota Motor Philippines has yet to say anything about this refreshed Fortuner.
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Know more about Toyota Fortuner 2023
The Toyota Fortuner 2023 sold in our market spans six five trim levels and 11 variants. Toyota Fortuner prices in the Philippines range from PHP 1,633,000 for the Fortuner G 2.4 M/T to PHP 2,509,000 for the flagship GR Sport 2.8 A/T. This midsize SUV spans two turbodiesel options, with most of the range equipped with a 6-speed automatic gearbox (6-speed manual for the base variant) as well as a 4x2 drivetrain (4x4 is available on the LTD trim and is standard on the GR Sport). The Fortuner brings a length of 4,795mm, a width of 1,855mm, and a height of 1,835mm on a 2,745mm wheelbase.
The lowest monthly installment starts at Php 19,683 for the G 2.4 4x2, with 60-month payment terms on a 50 percent downpayment. As a contender in the midsize SUV segment, the Toyota Fortuner faces off against a slew of rivals including the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Nissan Terra, Ford Everest, Isuzu mu-X, and Foton Toplander.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel
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