The 2019 Toyota Fortuner could easily come with some nice updates if we can trust the latest reports. The popular mid-size SUV has been around for some time. Almost 15 years have been since the initial launch and we have seen two generations so far. The current model came in 2015. Just like the previous version, it is heavily based on the legendary Hilux pickup. Still, it doesn’t’ mirror this truck entirely.
This model is designed for some very specific markets, so there is a pretty unique layout in terms of styling. This SUV doesn’t have much in common with the brand’s current design language. However, this could change. Latest reports suggest 2019 Fortuner will get a mid-cycle refresh, which will bring a lot of visual enhancements. On the other side, mechanics should remain the same. Expect to see the new version by the end of the year.
2019 Toyota Fortuner Changes
Speaking of the upcoming changes, we are pretty sure that a huge majority of them will be visual. On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the SUV should remain unchanged. This model rides on the same platform as Hilux. Both vehicles came completely new in 2015, with plenty of new design solutions, so the capability is definitely on a high level. On the other side, visual enhancements are always welcome. Considering that the Hilux has been updated recently, we could expect the same from 2019 Toyota Fortuner. However, many reports suggest that this SUV is going to keep its unique approach. While the new Hilux comes with the Tacoma-inspired front end, 2019 Toyota Fortuner will keep its own philosophy and upgrade it with things like sharper lights and bumper lines, tweaked grille etc. Rest of the SUV shouldn’t change too much, though things like new colors and wheels design sound possible.
2019 Toyota Fortuner Interior
On the inside, the 2019 Toyota Fortuner should continue in the same way. This is a classic body-on-frame SUV with the cabin that is more functional than stylish. So, we are pretty sure that the company won’t bother with things like interior styling enhancement. Still, it’s not impossible to see some subtle changes on the dash. However, we believe that the biggest changes will probably be new color schemes. On the other side, new standard features seem pretty likely. We will see the same trim level organization, though each version should get some novelties.
2019 Toyota Fortuner Engines
In this aspect, we expect no changes. The 2019 Toyota Fortuner will continue with a familiar engine range. Depending on the market, this model comes with different units in the offer. When it comes to gasoline engines, there are two of them in the offer. The first one is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder unit that is good for about 160 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.
The optional 4.0-liter V6 is much more powerful, though fuel economy isn’t that impressive. It delivers around 280 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
The number of diesel engines in the offer goes up to four. The offer starts with a familiar 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 150 hp and 253 pound-feet of torque.
An optional 2.8-liter engine delivers around 180 horses and 330 lb-ft.
The next one is a large 3.0-liter unit. This engine features a max output of 163 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
While these three units feature variable-geometry turbochargers, there is even a naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter diesel engine in the offer. This unit is good for about 95 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.
2019 Toyota Fortuner Release Date and Price
The 2019 Toyota Fortuner should come late in the year. We don’t expect bigger changes in price, so base models should go around 31.000 dollars.