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2016-03-10 18:17

TRD FORTUNER: Ahead of the launch of its next-gen Fortuner in South Africa, Toyota has revealed its sportiest SUV yet - the Fortuner TRD Sportivo. Image: Toyota

Bangkok - Following the launch of it's all-new Hilux  earlier in February, Toyota's next-generation Fortuner will arrive in South Africa later in March 2016.

Ahead of the local launch, a rather special version has been revealed in Thailand - a TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Fortuner.

It's called the Fortuner TRD Sportivo and benefits from sport elements courtesy of Toyota's racing division.

Sportiest Fortuner yet

Unlike most TRD-badged models, the new SUV gains in sporty looks rather than performance.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2016 Toyota Fortuner

To separate it from standard variants, the Sportivo has dark 20" alloys, side-sills with TRD logos, steel exhaust, a matte black roof, new bumpers and a powered tailgate.

Inside, it gains black and red leather upholstery, carbon-look trim, TRD-badges, new dials and a high-end JBL 11-speaker audio system.

Performance tweaks

TRD has not worked its magic on the engine, so it's 2.8-litre turbodiesel still produces 130kW/450Nm. The Sportivo however gains larger, ventilated discs all round as well as new springs and dampers.

Is it coming to SA?

Toyota SA says it has no plans to introduce the TRD version locally. A shame though considering the huge volumes of modified Fortuners on our roads.

Watch the reveal of the Fortuner TRD Sportivo


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