You've repeatedly asked for it, so Toyota Motor Philippines grants your wish as the Japanese carmaker is finally bringing to the market the refreshed Hilux and Fortuner. To be displayed at the Toyota Tent Event, which will be held on August 18 to 23 at the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City, the face-lifted Fortuner and Hilux continue Toyota's fight in the midsize SUV and compact pickup segments.
For the Hilux, a raft of new changes begin with the front fascia, including the bumper, the headlights and the chrome grille. Literally topping off the changes to the front is a more angular-designed hood scoop, while a quick look at the Hilux's side reveals chrome side mirrors (with turn signal lights) and 17-inch alloy wheels for the G grade variants.
Though the only change to the Hilux's rear can be found in the combination taillights, the pickup's interior shows off a new three-gauge cluster as well as a new brushed aluminum-like center console trim. The interior changes aren't all about aesthetics, however, as the G variant's audio system is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity while the G and E variants receive USB connectivity. Completing the Hilux's upgrade is the addition of a limited slip differential on the 4x4 variants.
Still, the one vehicle a lot of people have been asking about is the Fortuner, and just like its stablemate, it has also received a lot of changes to its exterior kit. On top of the list is the bolder, more menacing chrome grille, complemented by HID-equipped projector-type headlights that come with an auto-leveling feature, and power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signal lights. The new front bumper now sports a pair of headlight washers, while a flat-black band connects the pair of foglamps and polishes the front fascia's aggressive look. The rear also gets the same treatment with the jagged tooth-like design of the taillights, while a rear spoiler hints at the Fortuner's sporty intentions. Clearance and back parking sensors are now available across all variants.
Inside, the new Fortuner tells a different story as it takes on a more subdued yet luxurious theme. The seats are still clad in leather, but it's the blackwood trim on the center console and doors that gives it an air of elegance. Equipped with the same three-gauge cluster as the Hilux, the best-selling SUV also receives USB connectivity for the G variants, and both USB and Bluetooth connectivity for the range-topping V variant.
Perhaps most important, the Fortuner gets performance upgrades in the form of a tuned suspension to give it a good balance of ride comfort and handling, and a new engine undercover to improve its handling stability.
The new Toyota Hilux is priced at P838,000 for the base 4x2 J (M/T) variant; P931,000 for the 4x2 E (M/T) variant; P1.094 million for the 4x2 G (M/T) variant; P1.379 million for the 4x4 G (M/T) variant; and P1.433 million for the 4x4 G (A/T) variant.
The new Toyota Fortuner, meanwhile, sells for P1.330 million for the base 4x2 G diesel (M/T) variant; P1.343 million for the 4x2 G gasoline (A/T) variant; P1.408 million for the 4x2 G diesel (A/T) variant; and P1.719 million for the top-of-the-line 4x4 V diesel (A/T) variant.
Video by Seka Cabatit; photos by Majoy Siason