Published on December 30th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair


Toyota Fortuner Facelift Coming To Malaysia (Updated w Price)

You may have heard by now that Toyota Malaysia has a thoroughly updated Hilux on the market, even bringing in the Hilux Rogue 2.8 model for true enthusiasts of the brand. It came to the Thai market back in June 2020, and they followed it up with the facelift of the Fortuner – the passenger-oriented sibling to the Hilux. Now that facelift model of the Fortuner is strongly rumoured to be arriving in early January 2021.

Just like the new Hilux, Toyota are splitting the Fortuner model range between the base model powered by a 2.4-litre diesel engine and a specially engineered model called the Fortuner Legender with the 2.8-litre diesel. We’ve shared the press release below from the Thailand launch to give you an idea of how it’s specified there – though our local spec will see some changes given that the Fortuner is locally-assembled in Shah Alam.

In fact, it’s quite likely our 2.7-litre petrol will carry on being sold in Malaysia along with the 2.4-litre diesel as base models. The 2.8-litre high spec model might not even bear the ‘Legender’ name in Malaysia. Instead, it might continue to don the “VRZ” trim name and serve as the flagship model, replacing the full-spec 2.4-litre VRZ model from before.

BHP diesel

Based on leaked information, we know some of the new features on the Fortuner include:

  • Toyota Safety Suite
  • Vehicle Telematics System
  • Wireless Qi Charging

Good thing the government has extended the SST-free period for locally-assembled vehicles until the middle of 2021. Unlike the Hilux, which is a pickup truck, the Fortuner ought to be qualified for the tax break.

As promised here’s information about the facelift Fortuner from Thailand.


Toyota Fortuner Base Model is a suitable selection for customers who usually travel with family members and are looking for a larger car, while also focusing on great value of ownership. The base model comes with the enhanced 2.4 GD Super Power engine that provides greater fuel efficiency and Variable Flow Control (VFC) power steering which automatically adjusts steering wheel stiffness upon the speed of the car to ensure a more precise handling and driving confidence. Furthermore, the car is equipped with Cruise Control System and Sensors in 6 positions to offer peace of mind and smooth ride. Apple CarPlay is also installed to connect the drivers and passengers with all entertainment contents available right at the fingertips.  

– Toyota Fortuner Special Model represents a symbol of the ultimate leader, created under the name of Toyota Fortuner Legender. This is the ideal option for new generation businesspersons who are looking for cars that offer remarkable designs and innovative functions. Toyota Fortuner Legender stands out with its ever more sophisticated and cutting-edge design, catching all eyes with its newly developed front grille and rear bumper, along with the new 2.8 GD Super Power Engine, 15% heightened driving performance with a maximum output of 204 PS, as well as Sport Mode function that enhances a more enjoyable and exciting driving experience. Balance Shaft is also added to minimize engine noise and vibration that can be passed to the cabin. In addition, with the installation of 360-Degree Camera, it increases the driver’s visibility to ensure the greatest level of safety. To bring greater convenience, Wireless Charger and Activated Kick Door with Kick Sensor are also added to the car functions. Most importantly, this is the first time that Toyota Fortuner comes fully equipped with the world-class Toyota Safety Sense. 

In order to enhance the ownership experience, the T-Connect system is provided for customers to enjoy real-time car tracking anytime and anywhere. Besides, we offer our customers peace of mind through Theft Track System and SOS Support provided by Toyota around the clock. We also facilitate customers with Telematic Care Service to notify them to have their car get periodic maintenance check at Service Centers, making it simpler and more precise for customers to take good care of their beloved car.  

The new Toyota Fortuner is available for customers to own from 4 June 2020 onwards. The base model can be delivered to customers from June 2020, while the Fortuner Legender will be delivered from August 2020 onwards. 

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