We’ve glimpsed it before in spy photos, but now we can see how the car looks in Australian specification – and it will look markedly different to the HiLux’s cabin.
In fact, the only major carry-over elements will be the front seats, infotainment system, steering wheel, lower door cards and the front centre armrest. The rest of the Fortuner’s cabin furnishings are entirely unique.
The centre stack switchgear is similar but repositioned, while the instrument cluster shares its layout with the HiLux but sports its own unique graphics.
The 7-inch touchscreen audio/nav display is common to the HiLux and incorporates Toyota Link smartphone app integration as well as the usual AM/FM/CD/USB and bluetooth functions.
The high-spec Crusade variant also scores sat-nav and DAB+ digital radio – along with a powered tailgate, 220-volt power point, climate control and eight-way power driver’s seat.
Meanwhile, the Fortuner GX and GXL will feature air conditioning vents for all three rows, sliding second-row seats and third row seats that flip up to stow against the rear windows.
All Fortuners get a tilt-and-telescopically adjustable steering column – a key point of difference in a segment where tilt-only columns are the norm.
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Dusk-sensing headlamps, a heated and chilled centre console box, a full-size spare and reversing camera are also standard across the range, while the mid-grad GXL gains keyless entry and ignition.
Other safety equipment includes three-point seatbelts for all seats, two ISOFIX anchorages for the outer seats in the second row, six airbags with curtain airbag coverage for the second and third rows as well as ABS, EBD, stability control and traction control.
Expect more details (including pricing) to be announced closer to the Fortuner’s official launch in late October.