The 2016 Toyota Fortuner will retain the brawny exterior appeal from the outgoing version, while the powertrain will get updated petrol and diesel engine options.

2016 Toyota Fortuner Spy Shot Australia
The 2016 Toyota Fortuner will retain the IMV platform from the outgoing model

Despite new offerings coming into the market, seldom has any come close to the kind of success the Toyota Fortuner enjoys in the segment. While the SUV has been criticized time and again for being under equipped, little has it done to deter sales for Toyota. With the next generation model on its way, the Japanese automaker is preparing to cut down on all the drawbacks and continue its regime in the segment. Scheduled to hit showrooms in 2016, the next generation Toyota Fortuner was caught testing is Australia revealing a host of design details, while a rendering based on the spy shot has also emerged online.

The new spy shot reveals the side profile of the 2016 Toyota Fortuner that retains the brawny appeal from the current version. You can notice the changes made to the rear quarter glass, while the rear gets redesigned tail lights and an updated tail gate. Coming to the rendering, the front profile gets a bold appearance with a wider grille (chrome induced for India) and upright headlight clusters. In addition, the new Fortuner will feature scuff plates at the front and rear along with LED daytime running lights.

Toyota is making sure not to steer away too much from the existing styling seen on the Fortuner that has certainly been favoured by the masses for the imposing stance without being too provocative. The SUV will retain the IMV platform from the outgoing model, but its construction will be based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that ensures better ride quality and lesser body roll. The new model is also expected to be a tad bit lighter that will ascertain higher fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions over the outgoing version. Borrowing its underpinnings from the Hilux pickup truck, the new Fortuner will be as reliable as ever.

In terms of powertrain, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner will come with updated petrol and diesel engine options on offer. In India though, the diesel option will be the mainstay paired to manual and automatic transmissions. On the inside, the SUV will get a host of new features including an updated dashboard with new touchscreen infotainment system, multi-function steering wheel as well as a host of other goodies.  Set to compete against the new generation Ford Endeavour that will be launched next year, the new Fortuner will certainly have a lot to live up to.

2016 Toyota Fortuner Rendering
With the launch scheduled in 2016, an Auto Expo debut is likely on the cards.

Source – 4×4 Australia