Toyota Fortuner gains sporty TRD goodies [video]

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has prepared a series of sporty bits and pieces for the latest Hilux-based Fortuner SUV.

Known as the Fortuner TRD Sportivo, the new addition to the range brings a sportier look for the front and rear bumpers along with a dark chrome finish for the front grille. The roof is dressed in matte black to contrast the pearl white body, but customers will be able to get the model with an all-black exterior as well.

TRD has created a new set of six-spoke 20-inch wheels finished in black and paired with Dunlop 265/50 tires backed by beefier brakes compared to the standard Fortuner. It also gets a TRD-tuned suspension with optimized shocks and springs which should provide a more engaging drive, but don’t expect a nimble car since after all this is still a heavy midsize SUV.

Some changes have occurred inside the cabin where the Fortuner TRD Sportivo packs an 11-speaker JBL sound system, black & red leather upholstery, faux carbon Kevlar trim, and a red push button start. The vehicle also comes with an assortment of TRD badges, sporty dials, red stitching on the dashboard, along with a seven-inch touchscreen featuring navigation support.

In Thailand, Toyota will sell it exclusively with a turbodiesel 2.8-liter engine producing 177 horsepower (130 kilowatts) and 332 pound-feet (450 newton meters) of torque. As standard, power is delivered through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front axle, but at an additional cost buyers will be able to opt for a 4WD layout.

It remains to be seen which other countries where Toyota sells the Fortuner will get these TRD components.

Source: Toyota

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