Toyota is built on the principle of Kaizen or continuous improvement. This means continually making improvements in the company’s products, services and processes to extract more satisfaction from its customers. So you can expect that even for the company’s best-selling vehicles, they will continue to be updated and improved.
Latest case in point is the 2021 Toyota Fortuner, launched via an online event on October 17, 2020. This is but one of the numerous models that the country’s number one automotive company has launched in this most unusual year. The new-model assault continues with arguably its most significant model. The second-generation Fortuner continued the success of the best-selling first-generation model, one of the first thoroughly modern SUVs built on a new pickup-based, multi-vehicle platform.
The second-generation Fortuner introduced an all-new body and new powertrains, just in time to stay on top of the segment. Its interior appointments elevated the driving experience and increased the vehicle’s premium content.
Now, four years after the launch of the second-gen model, the new Fortuner gets a refreshed look thanks to a updated body. There’s a new fascia that has a heavily-sculpted bumper section. Squint and you might mistake it for an offering from the brand’s upscale corporate sibling, Lexus. The new grille is, as expected, larger, and flanked by restyled headlamps with LED elements and LED daytime running lights. Taillights now feature line-guide LED units. The 2021 Fortuner rides on new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Topping the range is the new Fortuner LTD. (The name was changed from the far more interesting Fortuner Legender, as it’s know in Thailand.) The Fortuner LTD is easy to spot thanks to its sportier front and rear bumper, 2-tone paint scheme with black “floating” roof, split-type LED headlamps and LED front foglamps. Turn signal lamps light up sequentially, and the taillights are likewise LED type. The LTD rides on machine-cut 18-inch alloy wheels.
Fortuner Q and V variants meanwhile get bi-beam LED headlamps with LED line guide daytime running lights (DRL). The rear combination lights are also LED type. The base G variant uses bi-beam LED headlamps with LED DRL.
Getting in the Fortuner is more convenient thanks to Smart Entry keyless system and push start system in the LTD, Q, and V grades. The LTD and Q feature a power rear door.
The Q has leather seats and dark wood trim, while the LTD upgrades to black leather with maroon accents, galaxy black trim, and interior illumination. Power front seats are standard on the LTD and Q variants, while the LTD adds front seat ventilation. Charging your devices becomes easier with both wireless and USB outlets on the LTD, Q, and V. The LTD adds a premium 9-speaker JBL sound system.
The audio system of the LTD, Q and V variants features an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Fortuner gets an upgrade in power, with the LTD and Q delivering 204ps and flat 500Nm torque from 1600 to 2800 rpm, courtesy of the 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine. The V and G have 150ps and 400Nm from the 2.4-liter turbodiesel, with a promised 5% improvement in fuel efficiency. The 2.4 can be had with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, while the 2.8 is mated to the 6-speed automatic. There’s a sport/power mode to provide better acceleration feel. Balance shafts help quell the noise and vibration.
Fortuner V rides on 17-inch wheels, while the Q and LTD use 18-inch alloys. The suspension uses a double wishbone system at front and a multi-link system at the rear. Brakes are four-wheel discs.
All Fortuner variants come with SRS airbags (7 airbags for the LTD), ABS brakes with EBD and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, and Hill-Start Assist. The 4×4 LTD also has Hill Descent Control. Finally, Fortuner comes as standard with 6 clearance and back sonar. The G has a reverse camera, while the LTD, Q, and V have a Panoramic View Monitor. The Toyota Safety Sense package, comprised of pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control, is standard on the Q and LTD variants.
Making the LTD distinct from the Q, V and G is the exterior design.
“The Fortuner captured the hearts of many Filipinos as proven by strong sales. It has an SUV body perfect for the Philippines’ flood-prone streets, an array of variants including a fuel-efficient diesel engine, a macho look that satisfies desires, and most of all, an affordable price – making it an achievable dream,” said Okamoto.
“The new Fortuner is smarter, stronger and safer than ever. With its refreshed line-up led by the top-of-the-line premium LTD grade, the country’s best-selling SUV just got better.” he added.
The Fortuner has been a runaway success for Toyota, selling over 220,000 units in the Philippines since the nameplate was launched in 2005. It was the best-selling vehicle in the country in 2017. In August, even in the adverse market situation, Fortuner topped the mid-size SUV category, with a dominant 30% market share.
The new Fortuner will be available in all of TMP’s 70 dealerships nationwide by October 19, 2020, and is also available for viewing online at https://toyota.com.ph/fortuner.