2021 Toyota Fortuner officially launched: Smarter, stronger, safer

Updated Dec 11, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The changes are more than just skin-deep.

We’ve only just begun the last quarter of the year, but Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is unwrapping an early Christmas gift for its customers: the power to lead, by way of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner.

Fortuner LTD front

The refreshed Fortuner sports a new look while retaining the same platform

The updated and expanded Toyota Fortuner range rides on the proven formula of the current generation, but if you’re under the impression that the changes are merely cosmetic, think again. The lineup now consists of the G, V, and Q trims, with the LTD added as the range-topping variant, adapted from the Fortuner Legender.

A new fascia headlines the revamped Fortuner, with a larger and more imposing blacked-out grille flanked by redesigned bi-beam LED headlamps. The lower half of the façade has also been transformed, with the fog lamps set against larger mesh housings resting on slender LED position lamps. The front air dam is now more prominent, riding higher up on the redesigned bumper.     

Fortuner LTD quarter

The range-topping LTD has a sportier aesthetic

For the LTD trim, the front bumper is mounted higher, cutting across the dual-port grille that’s surrounded by split-type LED headlamps. The fog lamp housings are slimmer and more upright, while the air dam sits slightly lower under the gloss black garnish.

Rear lamp

Even the rear lamp cluster has been revised to look more streamlined

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Revised rear combination lamp clusters on all variants feature a more upswept design. The LTD comes in an exclusive black contrast roof that emphasizes its athletic attitude even more. Standard Fortuner variants sport monochrome 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels, while the LTD rocks 18-inch two-tone alloys with machine cut finish. 

Heading into the cabin, there are leather seats on the midrange and top-spec trims, featuring 8-way power adjustment on the front seats which are ventilated on the LTD. The Q variant offers dark wood trim to complement the cowhide seats, while the LTD brings galaxy black trim accompanying the available ambient lighting for a sophisticated interior look. 

2021 Toyota Fortuner Philippine launch

The larger 8-inch touchscreen now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The leather multi-function steering wheel can be adjusted for reach and rake while featuring the same Variable Flow Control power steering offered on the new Hilux recently launched here. A 7-inch touchscreen head unit is standard on the base G variant, while the rest of the range use a bigger 8-inch display, all coming with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Wireless charging is offered on the V trim upwards.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Philippine launch

Charge your phone hassle-free while you're on the road

Under the hood, the new Fortuner drops the gasoline option of the outgoing model in favor of an all-diesel powertrain selection. There’s the 2.4L 2GD-FTV turbodiesel generating 148 hp and 400 Nm of torque, which Toyota claims have been tweaked to be 5 percent more fuel-efficient than the previous version. A more powerful 2.8L 1GD-FTV mill is also available, making 201 hp and 500 Nm of twist.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Philippine launch

The Fortuner's Panoramic View Monitor reduces blind spots

Both the Q and LTD trims are equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, packing a sophisticated array of driver-assist features such as a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

V variants and up also come with a Panoramic View Monitor, while the LTD is outfitted with seven airbags. All trims offer anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, stability and traction control, and six sonar sensors all around as standard.

>>> Related: Toyota expects to reduce rear-end collisions by up to 90%

2021 Toyota Fortuner Philippine launch

The 2021 Toyota Fortuner comes with seven airbags

Pricing for the refreshed Fortuner lineup is as follows:

2.8L 4x4 LTD AT White Pearl Two-Tone
Php 2,414,000
2.8L 4x4 LTD AT Two-Tone
Php 2,404,000
2.8L 4x2 LTD AT White Pearl Two-Tone
Php 2,254,000
2.8L 4x2 LTD AT Two-Tone
Php 2,244,000
2.8L 4x2 Q AT White Pearl
Php 2,013,000
2.8L 4x2 Q AT
Php 1,998,000
2.4L 4x2 V AT Pearl
Php 1,842,000
2.4L 4x2 V AT
Php 1,827,000
2.4L 4x2 G AT
Php 1,723,000
2.4L 4x2 G MT
Php 1,633,000

>>> Find the nearest dealerships and check out the car!

The new Fortuner hits Toyota showrooms nationwide on October 19, 2020, and interested customers can view it in 3D at Toyota PH’s virtual showroom

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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).

From ₱1,633,000

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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