If we can rely on the latest reports, it looks like the super-capable mid-size SUV is about to receive some changes for the next year. If this nameplate sounds unfamiliar to you, that’s because you live in the wrong part of the world and you can’t enjoy all the great things that this SUV brings with it.
The original version came in 2004. After eleven years of production, this model was finally replaced in 2015. The second-generation model continues with familiar design characteristics. Once again, this SUV is based on the legendary Hilux truck and comes with extraordinary capabilities.
The current version is present all around the world, mostly in developing countries, considering its excellent balance between the price and quality. You can find it in Asia and South America, as well as in Australia, Russia and some African countries. Expect to see some interesting novelties in the 2019 Fortuner.
2019 Toyota Fortuner redesign
Speaking of base design characteristics, there is no place for bigger changes at the moment. The current generation came three years ago. Considering that the original model was active for more than a decade, it seems unlikely to see some changes in terms of overall design. The 2019 Toyota Fortuner will continue with same mechanics, which are based on the legendary Hilux pickup truck. This is a classic body-on-frame platform, which provides superior off-road capabilities. The overall construction is extremely strong, so you definitely won’t need a road at all to enjoy the ride of this super-capable machine.
2019 Toyota Fortuner styling
This is the aspect where we could see few tweaks for the next year. The current model came three years ago. Considering the production cycle of the original, it seems quite fresh, so a major update that will include facelift is still far away. Most likely, the 2019 Toyota Fortuner will come with minor changes only. Interestingly, this model doesn’t follow the brand’s global design language, so we can see some pretty unique details. This leads us to the conclusion that some of the changes for the next year could in some aspect move this SUV closer to the company’s new design philosophy. We could see few changes at the front, on areas like front fascia and grille. Still, the real deal will probably come in about two years, when we expect to see a facelift. Until then, this model will continue with familiar shape and proportions.
2019 Toyota Fortuner interior
On the inside, the 2019 Toyota Fortuner should continue in the same way. This mid-size SUV comes with three rows of seating and it is characterized by pretty generous interior space. The new architecture also provides a lot of cargo space, which goes all away up to 22 cubic feet. Besides plenty of space, the interior of this SUV offers a lot of quality materials. Moreover, a list of standard features is pretty generous as well. Though it may vary from market to market, in most cases base models come with things like 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, automatic climate control, parking sensors and much. Higher trims include a touchscreen interface and many other gadgetries and tech features.
2019 Toyota Fortuner engines
Considering that this SUV is available in different parts of the world, the engine lineup is pretty big. Some of the most common engines is a familiar 2.8-liter inline-four turbodiesel unit, which is good for about 177 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. It comes with either manual or automatic six-speed gearbox.
Another common diesel unit is an older-generation 3.0-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 163 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes in a pair with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
In some markets, you can also find an efficient 2.4-liter diesel unit, which has a max output of 150 horses and 300 lb-ft of torque.
When it comes to gasoline units, there are two very familiar engines in the offer. The first one is a 2.7-liter inline-four, which has a max power of 160 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque.
The other one is a well-known 4.0-liter V6 unit, which is good for about 278 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with either manual or automatic transmission.
2019 Toyota Fortuner release date and price
We don’t expect 2019 Toyota Fortuner to arrive earlier than usual. So, it should hit the market sometime late in the year, probably in December. The price should remain the same, which means that the base model will go around 30.000 dollars. This is the base price on most markets, though the exact price could vary from country to country.