The Toyota Fortuner GR Sport has been a thing in Thailand since 2021. Just recently, the company has just updated it for 2023 with a price tag of THB1.939 million (approx. RM254,081), which is slightly more than its 2021 predecessor’s asking price. Obviously and unfortunately, the Fortuner GR Sport isn’t available here in Malaysia. The highest spec Fortuner money can get you here is the 2.8 VRZ 4WD variant, which costs RM230,880 (OTR, without insurance).
Exterior styling-wise, the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport pretty much features a similar design as before. This includes the GR-specific exterior styling bits, automatic LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, and GR-specific brakes.
Customers in Thailand are given a total of three exterior colour choices for the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport, which consists of two dual-tone colours, and one monotone option. This consists of the Platinum White Pearl with black roof, Emotional Red with black roof, and the monotone Attitude Black Mica.
Here comes the main highlight of the Fortuner GR Sport’s 2023 update – its 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine which has been tuned to make 224 hp and 550 Nm. This is 20 hp and 50 Nm more than its 2021 predecessor made and is similar to the one powering the Australian-spec Hilux GR Sport.
The mill is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, alongside the part-time four-wheel drive system. The Toyota Fortuner GR Sport also gets monotube dampers which are unchanged from its predecessor.
Inside, the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport is equipped with a 4.3-inch multi-info instrument cluster display, a nine-inch touchscreen head unit with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and a steering wheel with paddle shifters. Other interior bits fitted into the Fortuner GR Sport include aluminium pedals, a powered tailgate with hands-free access, a wireless phone charger, and a JBL Premium Audio sound system.
Its seats, key fob, and push start button also come with GR branding to differentiate the Fortuner GR Sport from its “regular” counterparts. The brand’s Toyota Safety Sense is available as standard with this sporty variant of the SUV.
As mentioned above, the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport is unfortunately not a thing in Malaysia. UMW Toyota Motor’s line-up that is available with the GR Sport variant thus far includes the Toyota Hilux and Corolla Cross.
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