UMW Toyota is starting off the new year with a bang by teasing the updated 2021 Fortuner on its social media platforms and website, pointing at an imminent launch here in Malaysia. Interested customers can now register their interest on UMW Toyota’s website.

The Toyota Fortuner facelift was first introduced in Thailand back in June last year alongside the Hilux, which was also recently launched here in Malaysia. The updated 2021 model will feature several aesthetic changes, including a reworked front bumper and grille, the latter flanked by reshaped LED headlights. Around the back, the LED tail lights also gain a new light signature.

Teaser image provided by UMW Toyota.

Based on the teaser image shared by UMW Toyota on their website, it seems that we will also be getting the 2021 Toyota Fortuner in the range-topping ‘Legender’ variant (as it is known in Thailand), which sports a sportier front-end resembling that of the all-new Toyota Harrier.

Variant-exclusive touches for the range-topping model include a split grille design with a large gaping lower intake, sharper fog lamp housings, sharper headlights with a segmented daytime-running light signature, as well as larger wheels.

Just like the updated Hilux, the changes on the 2021 Toyota Fortuner is also mostly reserved for the exterior, aside from a few equipment updates on the inside. On the Thailand model, these include an updated Optitron analogue instrument cluster with 4.2-inch multi-info display, alongside an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The Legender variant also gains the Toyota Safety Sense suite advanced driver assistance systems, which includes functions such as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System and Lane Departure Alert. When the 2021 Toyota Fortuner is launched in Malaysia, do expect the system to also be equipped on our local model.

The updated Toyota Fortuner in Thailand is available with two turbodiesel engines – the smaller 2.4 litre unit making 150 hp and 400 Nm, while the larger 2.8 litre unit pushing out 204 hp and 500 Nm.

As you might have expected, these are the same powertrains used in the updated Toyota Hilux, which included several improvements for better power output (on the 2.8-litre engine), improved NVH performance, fuel efficiency, as well as a new longer service interval.

Both powertrains are paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox over in Thailand, and depending on variant, with two- or four-wheel drive. Here in Malaysia, the current Toyota Fortuner is offered in with a 2.4-litre turbodiesel unit, alongside a 2.7-litre naturally-aspirated petrol version which makes 164 hp and 245 Nm of torque, with only four-wheel drive available on both variants.