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Published on February 3rd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


Toyota Fortuner Facelift Model Launched In Malaysia

After a month of taking bookings, the new Toyota Fortuner is now in showrooms.

We’ve known since late December that UMW Toyota was planning to bring in the latest facelift of the Fortuner. However, MCO pushed back their launch date, and with no end to it in sight, they’ve decided to launch the car digitally.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Facelift tail lights

Most of the details and specifications were shared before, but here’s a refresher along with more details.

BHP diesel


Two variants of the Toyota Fortuner Facelift will be available in Malaysia:

  • A diesel-powered Fortuner 2.8 VRZ from RM203,183
  • a petrol-powered Fortuner 2.7 SRZ from RM172,244

There’s also a 2.4 turbodiesel model that’s only available in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan. You can check on the specifications of that car by clicking here. For clarity, we will not be covering that model in this article.

The 2.7-litre petrol (2TR-FE) engine produces 166PS @ 5200rpm and 245Nm of torque @4000rpm. The 2.8-litre turbodiesel, on the other hand, makes 204PS @3000-3400rpm and 500Nm of torque from 1600 to 2800rpm. Both variants feature a 6-speed conventional transmission that sends power through a part-time 4WD system. New this year is an Auto Limited Slip Differential for both variants of the Fortuner.

Both models also come with 18″ alloy wheels wrapped in tyres optimised for tarmac use. All four brakes are ventilated discs. Other standard features include:

  • Paddle shifters
  • Powered tailgate
  • LED interior lights
  • LED Daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • 9″ Display Audio system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Optitron instrument cluster with 4.2″ multi-info display
  • Auto air conditioning
  • Combination leather upholstery
  • Electrochromic Rearview Mirror
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats
  • Smart Entry and Start System
  • Front Digital Video Recorder
  • Vehicles Stability Control
  • Hill-Start Assist Control
  • Active Traction Control
  • Downhill Assist Control
  • Panoramic View Monitor
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • 7 SRS Airbags
  • Vehicle Telematics System

Optionally, you can also add the following:

  • Wireless charging
  • Kick Sensor for powered tailgate
  • Roof-mounted monitor
  • Rear Digital Video Recorder

With all that kit, here’s what Toyota have reserved for the 2.8L VRZ, the flagship Fortuner.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Facelift Side Profile

Fortuner 2.8 VRZ Highlights

First of all, this new 2.8L diesel has been designed with a balance shaft that greatly reduces vibrations and noise levels. A SPORT mode is present to allow its full potential to be experienced.

Toyota have also fitted this variant with Variable Flow Control power steering for a more natural steering feel at any given speed.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Facelift

The Toyota Fortuner 2.8 VRZ is also the only variant that comes with Toyota Safety Sense. This enables advanced driver assist features such as Pre Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Yaw Assist. The system here uses both a camera and a radar module. Yaw Assist is only available on the Fortuner and new Hilux top models. It activates when Lane Departure is detected by braking the inner wheels slightly to get the car centred again.

2021 Toyota Fortuner Facelift Headlights

This flagship Fortuner also comes with Quad LED headlights, sequential turn signal lights, and ambient lighting upon entry. This variant also comes with dual tone rims.

Colour Options

All variants of the new Fortuner come in the following colours:

  • Attitude Black
  • Phantom Brown Metallic
  • Silver Metallic
  • Medium Silver Metallic

The 2.7 SRZ and base model Fortuner can also be specified in:

  • Super White II
  • Bronze Mica Metallic

The 2.8 VRZ variant gets these exclusive two-tone combinations:

  • Super White II with Black Roof
  • Bronze Mica Metallic with Black Roof

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