Published on June 1st, 2022 | by Amirul Mukminin


2023 Toyota Fortuner To Come With New Mild-Hybrid Powertrain

Could this new powertrain make its way into the Hilux as well?

Reports have emerged from Thai motoring media that the next-generation Toyota Fortuner could arrive with brand new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain next year.

The powertrain will reportedly feature a reworked version of the 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder that is paired with an alternator to provide added torque in order to reduce fuel consumption. The mill can be found in the current Toyota Fortuner making 204 PS at 6,500 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from as low as 1,600 rpm.

2021 Toyota Fortuner 2.8 VRZ Facelift engine cover

If these reports turn out to be true, the Fortuner will be Toyota and ASEAN’s first ever model that is equipped with a mild-hybrid diesel powertrain.

Additionally, the reports also suggest that the 2023 Fortuner could come with Lexus-inspired design features to enable it to compete in the premium SUV segment with brands such as Mazda. If the reports are anything to go by, we could be seeing a Fortuner with a spindle grille in a matter of a few months.

Like the current and previous generation models, the upcoming Fortuner is expected to carry on the tradition of utilising the same ladder-frame chassis as the Hilux pickup truck. As with every new model, the dimensions will grow in size, which translates to even more space in the cabin.

Speaking of which, the interior will reportedly share the same layout as the Corolla Cross, meaning it will be equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster and a freestanding infotainment touchscreen on top of the dashboard, among other things.

Other niceties that are expected to make their way into the next-generation Fortuner include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a premium sound system as well as the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance systems.

In Malaysia, the current generation Fortuner was given a facelift in February 2021, which saw the range-topping 2.8 VRZ variant gain a ‘Legender’ face. Then in November 2021, the pickup truck-based SUV received some minor updates which include a new 2.4-litre diesel variant, a wireless charging pad and Type C USB charging ports.

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