Based on the Hilux truck, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner will be popular in most markets where its pickup stablemate is appearing. Well, the number of countries where we see the SUV with this name is not so big. You can find Fortuner as SW4 model. Also, Toyota is producing similar mid-size SUVs in different markets. In most regions we will find Land Cruiser Prado, in the USA it is 4Runner, and Hilux Surf is the SUV for the domestic, Japanese buyers. However, the Fortuner still has more fans around the world than any other of these.
The highlight of this SUV is its engine lineup. It uses the best drivetrains Toyota is producing. The only missing part is a V8. However, four- and six-cylinder units can produce enough power and torque. What’s more, you will be able to choose between petrol and diesel units. Unfortunately, the Japanese carmaker is still not considering a hybrid version. There is an off-road package for enthusiasts looking for more fun. The exterior and interior of the 2020 Toyota Fortuner will be fresh since the SUV is heading towards mid-cycle update.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Engines
Total of six powertrains are in the offer. Well, not all of them are available in every market. Toyota will shake things up and add some engines to other countries where these weren’t accessible. We can call this a trick, but every unit in the lineup is reliable and durable, so buyers don’t have to be worried about the new arrivals.
The base solution under the hood of the petrol SUV is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. As you can assume, this is the weaker option. The four-pot engine is good for 160 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Toyota Tacoma is using this one in the US.
However, for more serious power and torque, buyers can purchase the 2020 Toyota Fortuner with a V6 engine. A 4.0-liter displacement is capable to produce 180 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity and consumption are going up with it. Also, the SUV performs better in various terrains because of the full-time all-wheel drive configuration.
Fortuner Diesel Specs and Options
Besides the petrol offer, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner will also use four diesel engines. The smallest displacement is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder D-4D powertrain. Depending on configuration, it can produce 250 or 300 pound-feet of torque. It also delivers 150 hp. This is not the weakest output.
A larger 3.0-liter naturally-aspirated unit offers only 95 hp. However, when Toyota adds D-4D system to the same displacement, the output goes up to 165 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The famous 2.8 D-4D engine is available in most markets. This one is good for 180 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.
We can also hear rumors that either 3.0 or 2.8 unit can be the next drivetrain of the Toyota Tacoma truck in the USA. However, these engines must go through a big tuning to meet all the requirements of the largest truck market. Emissions are the main problems of diesel drivetrains.
All engines except both 3.0 mills are offering both automatic and manual transmission. Both gearboxes have six paces. Naturally-aspirated V6 comes with a five-speed manual transmission, while the D-4D option automates the gear switching.
Redesign and Spy Shots
The new 2020 Toyota Fortuner will be redesigned. It is entering a fifth year of the new generation. So, it is time for a mid-cycle update. Several times the company gave us hints about it. However, no official statement is available. We can see test mules covered by a heavy camo, but no one is sure if that is the new Fortuner. We can expect the most changes on the front fascia.
The facelift will present the new look. Other modifications will include LED lamps, fog lights, and revisited rear end. Bumper and exhaust tips will make the mid-size SUV more aggressive. For the better off-road impression, the company will prepare a special package with a set of tires, suspension, and shocks.
The cockpit is also taking a big redesign. Well, the base units are not too rich with equipment. However, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner will offer large infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, expect more options all around the cabin that will make the SUV and interior more functional. Safety is always on the high level, and the redesign will bring more equipment to this segment as well. Navigation and some advanced features including sensors remain optional.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Release Date
The new 2020 Toyota Fortuner will be available early next season. By then, we will monitor what is happening with mid-size SUVs in other markets. In the USA, the new 4Runner is already launched, and Land Cruiser Prado was spied. So, fans could see the first images of the new Fortuner pretty soon. However, the company will wait with the release for the first quarter of 2020.