NEW FORTUNER EMERGES: Images of the 2016 Toyota Fortuner have surfaced. What do you think of the new SUV? Image: Facebook
CAPE TOWN, Western Cape - 2016 is set to be a monumental year for Toyota, with two new versions of its popular Hilux.
The new Fortuner will also be introduced in 2016 after spy pictures surfaced on a Thai Facebook page devoted to the new Fortuner.
Toyota South Africa says the new Fortuner - which will make its global debut on Thursday (July 16) - will arrive here in early 2016 "after the Hilux".
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL
The next Hilux and Fortuner will have its work cut out as a new Ford Ranger and Everest are due to be released towards the end of 2015 and should pose a formidable challenge to the Japanese duo.
Based on the leaked images, the new Fortuner has redesigned lights in the front and rear, while a large chromed grille adds a touch of Rav4 to the front-end.
READ: At last! Full story of Toyota's new Hilux
The 2016 Toyota Fortuner was spotted in Thailand:
POSSIBLE ENGINE LINE-UP:
2.4 4X2 a/t
2.7 4X2 a/t
2.8 4X2 a/t
2.8 4X4 a/t
Power outputs will vary between 125kW and 132kW and torque figures are likely to be between 343Nm (manual) and 450Nm (automatic). The Fortuner engine range will most likely mirror that shown in the new Hilux.
South African models will possibly have different styling compared to the Thai-spec SUV when it arrives in Mzansi in 2016.
HIGH-SPEC: An interior shot of the 2016 Fortuner which was spotted in Thailand. This model features a six-speed automatic 'box, leather seats and a large centrally-mounted touch screen.
WATCH: 2016 Fortuner spotted driving in Thailand
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