The Toyota Fortuner is arguably the country’s favorite pick-up based midsize SUVs. You don’t need sales charts to know this as you can see a whole lot of them on the road. Yet in typical Toyota fashion, the Fortuner has been given a mid-cycle refresh to keep things interesting.
You can tell that this is the facelifted model by the new front grille, LED headlights with split-type design for the top-spec LTD variant, bumper-mounted LED Daytime Running Lights, newly-designed alloy wheels, smoked taillights, and for the top trims, a two-tone paint finish that comes in either Silver Metallic or White Pearl Crystal Shine with Attitude Black roof.
Step inside and you will be greeted by a more upscale cabin that features black leather with maroon stitching, ambient lighting on the doors and dash, wireless charging pad, ventilated front seats, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hooked up to a 9-speaker JBL sound system with subwoofer (top trims).
The changes, however, are more than just cosmetic. The updated Toyota Fortuner now gets the more potent 1GD-FTV 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with Variable Nozzle Turbocharger and intercooler that was first seen in the recently updated Hilux. It now puts out 204bp and 369lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters and Drive Mode Selector that lets you toggle between Eco and Power settings.
This particular motor is also available with a four-wheel drive system that now boasts of a Rear Locking Differential. This is good news for those that want to take their Fortuner off-road.
Another engine option is the 2GD-FTV 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbo, also with Variable Nozzle turbo. While it produces the same 150bhp and 295lb-ft of torque, Toyota Motor Philippines claims that it is more fuel efficient. It can be had in either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
Apart from the improved powerplants, the Fortuner receives the brand’s vaunted Toyota Safety Sense suite of protective gear for the top-trim variants. This means it gets stuff like Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Assist with Yaw Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. These are on top of the 7 SRS airbags (LTD; lower variants get 3 SRS airbags), ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, and a reverse camera with 360-degree panoramic view and front and rear parking sensors, just to name a few.
The 2021 Toyota Fortuner is available in the following variants:
- 2.4G 4×2 MT: P1,633,000
- 2.4G 4×2 AT: P1,723,000
- 2.4V 4×2 AT: P1,827,000
- 2.8Q 4×2 AT: P1,998,000
- 2.8LTD 4×2 AT Two-Tone: P2,244,000
- 2.8LTD 4×4 AT Two-Tone: P2,404,000