SPYSHOTS: All-New 2016 Toyota Fortuner Revealed Ahead Of 17 July DebutAuto News
The all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner is scheduled to make its global debut on 17 July but thanks to these spyshots, it looks like we now know exactly what the body-on-frame SUV looks like completely undisguised.
Judging from these spyshots taken in Thailand which was posted by a Toyota spare parts dealer, the Fortuner closely follows many of the previously leaked images that have made their way onto the internet.
At the front, the headlamps have been redesigned to be slimmer. The chromed grill is now framed within two chrome strips running down from the headlamps. The fog lamp enclosures also feature chrome surrounds.
Along the side, the third-row windows are now smaller and follows that of another leaked image that showed the Fortuner’s side profile recently. The alloy wheels resemble of that found on the all-new Toyota Hilux. Meanwhile, the rear sees a thicker chromed plate that links the two slimmer tail lights with the model name on it.
The next-generation Toyota Fortuner adopts the Hilux’s newly-developed FIRM (Frame with Integrated Rigidity Mechanism) platform by Toyota and is expected to come with the new range of Toyota diesel engines as well. Elsewhere, expect some of the Hilux's safety packages to be carried over into the new Fortuner as well.
Meanwhile, the cabin isn't a mirror-copy of the Hilux's, with noticeable differences clearly seen. As you can see, two pieces of trim (which looks to be upholstered in cream leather) frame the infotainment system and climate control, both of which rests below the repositioned air-conditioning vents.
Another noticeable change is the lack of a differential mode selector which could be relocated or repackaged into a rotating dial selector instead. Elsewhere, the steering wheel follows that of current Toyota models including the instrument cluster which isn't a huge surprise. With leather seats and tweeters near the side mirrors, this could be a high-spec model although that remains unconfirmed.
For those curious what the key fob looks like, here it is, looking very much like those that come with newer Toyota models.
More details will be unveiled when the all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner is revealed on 17 July 2015. Until then, how do you like the way it looks?