Most U.S. drivers are probably unfamiliar with this nameplate and that is for a good reason. Toyota is the worlds biggest car brand, so it’s no wonder it offers numerous models designed for specific markets. Most of them are offered exclusively in Asia and Australia. The Fortuner is one of them. This is a mid-size SUV, based on the iconic Hilux pickup truck. It is a quite large vehicle, which comes with standard three rows of seats. It competes with models like Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X and similar models.
Some of its main characteristics are excellent reliability and durability, strong off-road capabilities and a wide palette of engines. According to the latest reports, there is a chance to see this model on a wider market than before. Some sources suggest its arrival in North America, which could bring some additional sales numbers to the Japanese carmaker. If this happens, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner would probably come with a fine number of design modifications, in orders to fit better to the U.S. market. In any case, expect to see the 2020 Toyota Fortuner in the last quarter of the year.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, mechanics are essentially the same as in the iconic Hilux. Two models ride on the same platform and share most of their parts. Moreover, two models are characterized by similar aesthetics as well, as the Fortuner initially came with the same headlights. Meanwhile, the Hilux received a facelift, while this SUV kept a familiar look. While headlights may look familiar, the rest of the front end is quite distinctive. The 2020 Toyota Fortuner should continue in the same way, which means that grille and front fascia designs will come with a quite unique layout, which doesn’t have much in common with Toyota’s new design language, found in most models in the lineup.
Some reports suggest a facelift for the next year. If this happens. The 2020 Toyota Fortuner would probably come with a new face, with changes on headlights, grille, bumper, and other areas. On the other side, we don’t believe in too many changes on the rear end. Of course, count things like new colors, wheels etc.
Is there a chance to see the 2020 Toyota Fortuner in North America?
It may seem like an irrational move at first thought, but these rumors actually make sense. The fact is that Toyota already offers 4Runner in North America. However, it is a pretty old vehicle, with unimpressive overall efficiency. Therefore, this could be a perfect affordable alternative, because the next-generation 4Runner definitely won’t come in the next few years. If this happens, Toyota would probably make a couple of modifications to make this SUV more competitive on the specific U.S. market. This primarily refers to styling. In this case, the upcoming facelift would probably take inspiration from Tacoma, which is characterized by very modern and attractive styling. Of course, this breakthrough would require interior and powertrain changes as well.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Interior
The interior of the 2020 Toyota Fortuner largely depends on the company’s decision to offer it in North America. The current model features good quality. It features practically the same dashboard design as the Hilux, with smaller modifications only. The North American model would probably come with a little bit more refinement. In practice, this would mean new materials, finer and soft-on touch. Also, we count on a much longer list of standard features, which would include all kinds of tech goodies as well. This means a larger touchscreen, latest connectivity features and much more. Of course, count on advanced driver aids as well.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Engines
The 2020 Toyota Fortuner will come with a wide range of engines in the offer. Without any doubt, base models will continue with a familiar 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers around 160 horsepower. There is also a well-known 4.0-liter V6, famous for its reliability and durability. It delivers around 278 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.
When it comes to diesel engines, there is a well-known 2.8-liter unit, which delivers 180 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Also, you can get an older-generation 3.0-liter turbodiesel on some markets as well. This engine is good for about 165 horsepower and characterized by great durability and reliability.
The possible North American version would probably come with some novelties under the hood as well. Some reports indicate that a 4.0-liter unit could be replaced with a little bit more refined 3.5-liter unit, which delivers the same amount of power, but slightly less torque.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Release Date and Price
Whether the new 2020 Toyota Fortuner comes to North America or not, it should arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year. If this happens, base models will probably go under 30.000 dollars.