It appears that the upcoming 2016 Toyota Fortuner will finally be unveiled very soon indeed – the second-generation Hilux-based SUV has been caught on a trailer in these photos from a Thailand Toyota Fortuner Facebook group, wrapped up like a present waiting to be opened; invitations to the unveiling shared with the group have also intimated a July 17 launch date, just a week away!

We already know what the futuristic new Fortuner will look like, thanks to some leaked photos that have surfaced on the Internet earlier this year, but the exposed wheels do give further credence to those earlier pictures, even though not much else can be discerned from these shots.

You can expect it to share the same range of new engines that are offered on the new Hilux. On the diesel front, the 177 hp/450 Nm 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV and 150 hp/400 Nm 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV from the GD family should take over from the current 2.5 and 3.0 litre options. The 2.7 litre petrol engine, meanwhile, will be a newer 166 hp/245 Nm Dual VVT-i unit.


Gone, too, will be the four-speed automatic transmission, replaced by a brand new six-speed auto’box. A six-speed manual option (iMT6 with rev-match function, no less) should be available as well, but don’t count on it being offered here in Malaysia.

Inside, the next-gen Fortuner is expected to mirror the new Hilux rather closely, with a much more car-like dashboard and interior amenities thrown in. The pick-up truck already boasts much improved interior space and refinement, which will be put to good use by its passenger-oriented SUV cousin.