The new 2020 Toyota Fortuner could head to the United States. The mid-size 4×4 three-row SUV is a close sibling to 4Runner. But, it won’t be the lone case the Japanese company is delivering two very similar vehicles in the same market. Fortuner is also available with Land Cruiser Prado in South America. The upcoming season is not going to bring any radical change. Toyota will redesign the SUV in 2021, and this one with other similar three-row models could enter the new generation.
Toyota is the leader in this segment. Its vehicles are the best-selling, although the interest is not so high. Whatsoever, the tactic is to appear on the different market with different names and small modifications.
The 2020 Toyota Fortuner is not going to be available in its homeland. There, the company is selling Surf model. In the US and few other markets, we can find 4Runner, while Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is the nameplate for Australia, Asia, and Europe. The major move for the next season will be an appearance in the United States.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Engines
The 2020 Toyota Fortuner has a wide lineup of drivetrains. Both petrol and diesel units are in the offer. The SUV is based on the Hilux truck, and it borrows most of the pickup’s options. The main source of power is a 2.8-liter diesel engine. It produces 180 hp and 310-330 pounds-feet (420-450 Nm) of torque. Buyers can choose between automatic and manual transmissions, and both of them are using six gears.
Other two diesel engines are also very reliable. A 2.4-liter D-4D mill is using the same transmissions and sends power to rear wheels. All-wheel drive is a very popular upgrade since the Fortuner is used for a lot of off-roading. This powertrain delivers 150 hp and 250-300 pound-feet (340-400 Nm) of torque.
The biggest displacement is the family is a 3.0-l 1KD-FTV engine. However, it is not the most powerful one with 165 horsepower and 270 lb-ft (360 Nm) of twisting power. This engine is using a five-speed automatic transmission. Its naturally-aspirated version comes with a manual gearbox and decreased outputs (95 hp and 200 Nm).
Besides the four diesel powertrains, the pound-feet will also use a pair of petrol units. Both of them are very reliable. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder can make 160 hp and 180 lb-ft (245 Nm), while the 4.0-liter V6 is the largest and the most powerful drivetrain in the lineup. It can produce 280 horsepower and 280 pound-feet (380 Nm) of torque. Again, six-speed gearboxes are there, and buyers are picking a manual or automatic version.
There are some rumors about the hybridization of the Toyota Hilux. As its close sibling, the new Fortuner would get the same drivetrain. But, it is not so likely to happen, since this big SUV is relying on the performance.
Fans just love it because of its off-road capabilities and the company could offer a hybrid version only as a pilot project. Even if it happens, it would be a mild-hybrid system that is not going to harm overall performance, but it also doesn’t bring big fuel economy savings for the 2020 Fortuner.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Concept
Without too many changes for the upcoming season, we can shift focus to the new generation and facelift in 2021. But it is early to do that now. The 2020 Toyota Fortuner is based on the Hilux truck. Both vehicles are sharing the same architecture that uses the rear-wheel drive.
Ever since it appeared in the market in 2005, the Fortuner is causing a lot of attention. Its production is constantly increasing and new markets are seeing this model. The latest generation became available in Russia, Australia, India, and many other Pacific-Asian countries.
With so many drivetrain and other options, the Fortuner might seem a totally different SUV in two different markets. Still, its chassis is recognizable, and it is up to buyers which packages they are choosing for upgrades. the appearance in the US will require more attractive trim levels. Still, the Japanese company is confident they can succeed.
2020 Toyota Fortuner USA Release Date
The major question is – where will Toyota slot the new Fortuner? There are already two mid-size SUVs in the US with three rows of seats. Besides Fortuner’s closest sibling 4Runner, Toyota also offers Highlander, which also features a hybrid drivetrain. So, the next question is – what can 2020 Toyota Fortuner offer and US buyers don’t already have?
Well, the rumors are louder than ever, but the official statement is missing. The Japanese company is not denying or confirming the speculations, which is another reason to believe something is going on. A 4.0-liter engine can meet the requirement of the US market, as well as the 2.7-liter petrol unit. On the other hand, diesel drivetrains are what make Fortuner so special. Toyota is not offering these drivetrains in the United States, and the SUV could make the breakthrough.
Meanwhile, Toyota is boosting its lineup by adding the new version of the Sequoia full-size SUV. Read more about the new TRD Pro package HERE.