Japanese automaker, Toyota has officially confirmed that the next-gen Fortuner and the Hilux lifestyle pick-up will come with a mild-hybrid diesel engine. The new model is scheduled to be launched sometime in the 2024. The next-gen Toyota Fortuner will come with significant changes in terms of styling, interior and mechanism.
The current generation Fortuner and Hilux lifestyle pickup are based on the IMV platform that underpins the Innova Crysta. The next-gen Toyota Fortuner will be designed and developed on an all-new platform. It will be based on a new TNGA-F architecture that underpins multiple global cars including the Land Cruiser 300 and Lexus LX500d. The newly introduced Toyota Tacoma pickup is also based on the advanced TNGA-F platform, which is compatible with different body styles and multiple engine options including ICE and hybrid.
The TNGA-F is a versatile platform, which can supports a wheelbase length of 2,850-4,180mm. It is no secret Toyota is moving toward using a single base for the entire global SUV portfolio. This will help the Japanese automaker in reducing cost, development time and achieving considerable gains in economies of scale.
The Tacoma pick-up also previews the styling of the next-gen Fortuner SUV. It will come with an aggressive front bumper design for improved off-road credentials, wider fender flares, a flat bonnet with strong curves & creases, a blacked-out roof with white body work, prominent cladding around flared wheel arches and a skid plate.
The next-gen Toyota Fortuner will come with a new diesel engine with mild hybrid system. It is expected to receive a new 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre diesel engine with an integrated starter generator (ISG). The new Toyota’s mild hybrid diesel engine could be called the GD hybrid. It is expected to offer higher fuel efficiency and added torque on demand. The SUV will come with engine start/stop system. With the mild hybrid system, the new Fortuner collects Kinetic energy during braking or deceleration that can provide an additional torque under acceleration. The new model is expected to offer improved power and torque along with higher fuel efficiency.
The global-spec model is also expected to receive a new 265bhp, 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It could also get a 2.4-litre hybrid turbo petrol engine, which powers few global Lexus and Toyota models. Not just the next-gen Fortuner, Toyota is also developing a new 7-seater SUV based on the TNGA-C platform that underpins the Corolla Cross and the new Innova Hycross. The new 7-seater SUV will rival the Jeep Meridian, Skoda Kushaq and higher variants of the Mahindra XUV700.