Toyota Fortuner, also known as Toyota Hilux SW4 or just Toyota SW4, is a mid-size SUV, hugely popular in Thailand, the Philippines, and India. The Japanese automaker offers it neither in Europe nor in North America. It is based on the IMV platform developed by Toyota and the original model was produced in Thailand. The second generation was introduced last year in July and 2018 Toyota Fortuner is going to be part of this generation. The new generation has brought many innovations and we’ll just quickly reflect on some of them.
The second generation was released in July 2015 in Thailand and Australia while in Indonesia it came out six months later. Toyota wanted to distinct Fortuner from Hilux since these two uses “Keen Look” design and had almost the same interior. They also used the same transmission, engines, and chassis. 2016 model came in three trim levels: G, VRZ, and SRZ. The last two were introduced instead of TRD Sportivo and have some additional features. We can’t expect that 2018 model will bring anything revolutionary, but it surely deserves our attention. Although there is still a lot of time until its release some speculations have already appeared.
2018 Toyota Fortuner Engine Lineup
Current model comes with five different powertrains and we assume some of them will be used under the hood of the 2018 Toyota Fortuner. Since there are no indications new engines will be developed for this model, we put our focus only on present engines. The base engine should be a 2.4-liter inline-4 diesel. As almost all other units this one also comes with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission system. It delivers 149 horsepower and either 253 or 300 lb-ft of torque (it depends on the transmission). Although this is the base unit it should meet everyone’s demands. In addition, the 2.4l has the best fuel economy in the lineup.
One more diesel unit should be part of the lineup. A 2.8l inline-4 has similar characteristics as the base engine, but it is slightly more powerful. The total output of the 2.8-liter is 177 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque (330 with an automatic gearbox). Finally, a 4.0l fuel-injected six-cylinder completes the offer. With 278 horsepower and 277 lb-ft, it stands above others. It comes with Dual VVT-i and should be placed under the hood of higher trims. We don’t want to make any estimation about acceleration and top speed but they shouldn’t be much different than the present model.
Exterior and Interior Review
Several minor modifications are expected but, as we have already said, nothing extreme. The small horizontal grille is going to be placed on front fascia while large air intake should be in the center of the bonnet. 2018 Toyota Fortuner comes with both fog lights and LED daytime running lights. They are placed on each side of the front bumper. Color palette should be larger than before with several additional colors. In general, exterior won’t be changed. However, headlights might be redesigned.
Interior is even bigger secret than the exterior. Nevertheless, we can tell that cabin will be equipped with top-notch technology. Some of the features are: Follow Me Home function, Rear parking camera, all around the sensor, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, etc. Toyota always puts safety under spotlight hence it comes with Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Assist Control, Brake Assist, Active Traction Control, emergency brake signal and additional airbags. It’s also important to mention that new Fortuner will be equipped with Start-Stop Engine Button, like its predecessor.
Price and Release Date
Toyota Fortuner 2018 is probably going to be released in the last quarter of 2017. However, it is likely that Toyota will present new Fortuner before the end of 2017. The price of the 2018 model will go up to $55,000, but lower trims are going to have a lower price.