Facelifted Toyota Fortuner lands in PH ahead of Hilux launch

Is this a sign that a local launch is looming?
by Leandre Grecia | Sep 10, 2020
PHOTO: Judiel Rei Umahon Aguilon
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How about that? When we received word just a couple of days ago that a few units of the facelifted Toyota Fortuner have arrived at Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna, we had no photos to show for it. Well, ladies and gents, now we do.

We just received a photo from reader Judiel Rei Umahon Aguilon, and it appears that the new Fortuner really is here on our shores. The new units were spotted somewhere in Batangas— a bit far from where the first few units supposedly landed, but still on local roads nevertheless. And while the lone image is a bit blurry, it’s enough for us to see the blacked-out grille and the redesigned bumper to conclude that this is, in fact, the facelifted model.

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Now, we still don’t see a Legender variant in Aguilon’s photo, so we’re still keeping our fingers crossed that TMP will bring in the sporty top-spec variant if and when it launches the new Fortuner. Then again, we’ve yet to receive any official word from TMP regarding this. We reckon the Japanese carmaker has still got its hands full with the upcoming launch of the refreshed Hilux, so we still can’t confirm anything just yet. But if Toyota’s consistent monthly launches are any indication, then the arrival of this new Fortuner could well be announced real soon.

Thoughts, readers? Would you want to see TMP launch the refreshed Fortuner here in our market, too?

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PHOTO: Judiel Rei Umahon Aguilon
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