While aspiring owners are still thinking of how to dress up their future Toyota Fortuners, a TRD kit has surfaced and shown us how it should be done. Unveiled by Toyota Thailand, the Fortuner TRD Sportivo edition is a tantalizing variant that has more upgrades than we expected. It has a more menacing front bumper with a stylish grille featuring smoked chrome trim. The lower portion of the midsize SUV receives illuminated scuff plates, while the roof is painted in a black finish for that sporty touch.
More style is emphasized by a redesigned rear bumper with chrome trim on the tailgate, and an equally eye-catching stainless-steel exhaust tip. The look is finished off by a bit of bling in the form of 20-inch alloy wheels and a set of TRD logos, with an illuminated one on the rear door.
The cabin likewise gets the TRD treatment via a push-button starter with a red TRD logo matching nicely with the TRD-clad keyless entry remote fob. More black-and-red touches are seen on the leather seating surfaces, the Carbon Kevlar gauges, and a cool set of TRD floormats. Finally, occupants will revel in the sound of an 11-speaker premium audio system with a power amplifier, tuned by leading audio specialist JBL.
Powering the Fortuner TRD Sportivo is the same new-generation 2.8-liter diesel motor that does duty in the top-spec Hilux and Innova. This is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system for maximum go-anywhere capability. Being a TRD model, it is set up with a special suspension system for ride comfort and handling prowess that won’t let the driver down both on and off the road.
At present, the Toyota Fortuner TRD Sportivo is only available in the Thai market. But if history were to be repeated, we just might see a TRD-spec model on our roads somewhere down the line. So, would you want Toyota Motor Philippines to bring in this pimped-up TRD version?