The next-gen Toyota Fortuner will debut in early 2022, Yoshiki Konishi, Chief Engineer, Toyota, has revealed. Konishi disclosed information about the 2022 Toyota Fortuner during an interview with Hormazd Sorabjee of Autocar India (via youtube.com).
The second-gen Toyota Fortuner in the facelifted avatar introduced in June last year reached India just last week. A next-gen Toyota Fortuner would typically have been a few years out and another facelift away, but that’s not the case. Konishi clearly said that the “next Fortuner” launch would happen “early next year” meaning the program has been fast-tracked.
The next-gen Toyota Fortuner will be available in a hybrid variant, either at launch or at a later stage. Konishi indirectly confirmed that the company is planning to offer mild-hybrid technology on the next-gen Toyota Fortuner diesel during the interview.
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Asked if he agreed that a diesel hybrid powertrain would prove to be too expensive with the tightening emission norms, he said that “We have two types of hybrid. So one is a strong hybrid (full hybrid), the second, not strong, mild hybrid.” When Sorabjee said in response that Konishi answered his question that Toyota could offer a diesel mild-hybrid powertrain (in the next-gen Toyota Fortuner), he said: “Pretty much.”
Konishi also revealed that the next-gen Toyota Fortuner would have greater digitalisation and the advanced driver assistance systems or ADAS, which is one of the key USPs of the MG Gloster. Also new in the 2022 Toyota Fortuner will be an electric power steering, which should offer a significantly improved urban driving experience. Like both first- and second-gen models, though, it will be a body-on-frame SUV.
A next-gen Toyota Innova would follow the Fortuner, and it would have the same engines including hybrid drive. The Innova and Fortuner have utilised the same body-on-frame platform for two generations now, and they would continue doing for the foreseeable future.
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