Expected to make its global debut in Thailand on 28 July, 2015, the all-new Fortuner would most likely be based on the new Toyota Hilux which was recently launched in Thailand during its global premiere there.
On the pickup truck, Toyota’s new FIRM (Frame with Integrated Rigidity Mechanism) platform serves as the vehicle’s underpinnings and would most likely be adopted by the Fortuner as well.
Based on the sole leaked image seen here, the Fortuner looks to feature near-identical looks to the Hilux pickup at least at from the front with what appears to be a similar front fascia and alloy wheel design. However, the C-pillars are significantly shorter than its predecessor.
(Current generation Toyota Fortuner)
Things we can tell from this and previously leaked images of the Fortuner are the powertrain options which is expected to be Toyota’s new ‘GD’ turbo-diesel engine family that includes 2.4- and 2.8-litre four-cylinder powerplants. Those engines are paired to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, at least on the Hilux where they make their first debut.
Similarly, the cabin should also borrow heavily from the pickup as well. Whether the all-new Toyota Fortuner gets the increased safety package like the Hilux with its seven airbag count, remains to be seen.